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Serving the greater New Haven area since 1840, Congregation Mishkan Israel is a progressive Reform synagogue known for its demographically diverse, socially active congregation. Located in Hamden, we are a group of individuals who enjoy connecting with people who have an interest in spiritual growth, community involvement and celebration. We welcome you and hope that you will join us!


Coming Events


Sunday Morning Yoga

April 26 – 9:45 a.m.
Yoga in the morning? What a great way to start your Sundays. Yoga is a wonderful way to become physically, mentally, and emotionally more balanced and this multi-level yoga class will get you moving, twisting, and balancing your way to a healthier you. All levels welcome, but please be prepared to sweat. Cost is $10. Please bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a towel to class.


Peah Garden Work Day

April 26 – 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
The Peah Garden will be prepared for a new planting season on Sunday morning, April 26. There are two shifts: 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Anyone interested in helping is welcome. Bring wheelbarrows, rakes, hoes, gloves, and other gardening tools.


Potluck & Song Session

April 26 – 12:00 noon
The Ritual Committee and clergy are eager to expand the circle of lay leaders who help to lead Friday night and Saturday morning services during the summer months and occasionally during the rest of the year. We’re launching a series of events to bring together individuals who are interested in learning how to lead services. Whether you’ve done it before and would like coaching from the professionals or want to help teach others, or you’ve never led a service but would like to try, come to this Lunch & Learn. Families, groups of friends, teens and adults are welcome.

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Book Discussion

April 29 – 12:00 noon
The Group will be discussing The Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman. Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.


175th Anniversary History Weekend: Scholar-in-Residence

May 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Our special guest speaker is Rabbi Gary Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.


Maccabeats Reservations Now Open

In celebration of our 175th Anniversary, CMI is delighted to present The Maccabeats as the featured entertainer for this year’s Cantor’s Concert on May 31. Reserve now online or download a form.

Enjoy watching The Maccabeats here.


CMI Celebrates 175th Anniversary

It is with great pride that 2015 marks CMI’s 175th Anniversary. Over the course of the year, there will be a variety of events each month to celebrate all that CMI has been, is, and will be. We hope you will join us. For more information, visit our 175th Anniversary page.


Support the Voice of Reform Judaism in Israel

The elections for the World Zionist Congress are being held now. The purpose of the World Zionist Congress is to discuss the key issues facing the Jewish world and to vote on how to deal with these issues. Electing a large ARZA/Reform Movement delegation to the next World Zionist Congress (WZC) will strengthen Reform Judaism’s values and ideals, and will grant the Reform movement greater influence to shape what it means to be Jewish in the Jewish State. The polls are open now through April 30th. Every single Jew has an important – and real – opportunity to make their voice heard. Vote today — go to www.reformjews4israel.org.


CMI Livestreams Services

Services are livestreamed so that members and friends who were unable to attend in person can enjoy Shabbat, the holidays and lifecycle events. To watch our service on your computer or mobile device, click here.


CMI Chorale Rehearsals

The CMI Chorale rehearses on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. Anyone in high school or older who would like to sing is welcome. For more information, contact Cantor Giglio.