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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

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Chevra Hands

October 4 – 10:00 a.m.
Our Chevra Hands Caring Shawl Group is in action. The group makes shawls, lap quilts and blankets to give to newborns, seniors and others for whom being wrapped in love would be a comfort. Anyone interested is welcome.


An Evening of New Beginnings Part 1: New Member Dinner

October 4 – 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Evening of New Beginnings. We begin by a Dinner at 6:00 p.m., at which we honor and welcome those who have joined our congregational family over the past year. New members are our complimentary guests for dinner. Immediately following will be our Simchat Torah Consecration Family Service at which we celebrate students new to our Religious School, new Birthdays, and a new reading of the Torah. It’s sure to be a joyful evening!


An Evening of New Beginnings Part 2: Simchat Torah & Consecration Family Service

October 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Our Evening of New Beginnings continues with Simchat Torah Family Services. We’ll be celebrating our new members, October Birthdays, and the Consecration of students new to our Religious School. Make lots of noise and dance around the sanctuary and into the sukkah with the Torahs, flags, and lulavim. Be amazed as we unroll an entire Torah around the sanctuary. It’s a fun evening for all ages.

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175th Anniversary Music Event: Mark Berman’s “The Genesis Project”

October 9 – 7:00 p.m.
We are pleased to welcome back to CMI New Haven’s own nationally renowned composer/pianist Mark Berman as our special guest at Shabbat Evening Services on Friday, October 9 at 7 pm. As part of the congregation’s 175th Anniversary celebration activities, Mark will be presenting “The Genesis Project,” his original jazz/vocal R&B suite based on the Book of Genesis.

“The Genesis Project” had its genesis right here at CMI, where, as a teen, Mark wrote and presented three tunes for a Shabbat evening service. He then went on to a successful career as a pianist (Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Gladys Knight, Hugh Jackman, among many others, as well as on Broadway for The Boy from Oz, Bullets Over Broadway, The Life, and more) and composer for television and film (“Sex and the City,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Royal Pains,” etc.), and years later returned to complete the Genesis Project to great acclaim, which he now offers in a new arrangement made especially for CMI’s 175th Anniversary Celebration. Mark, on piano, will be joined by Dan Weiss on guitar/keyboards, Tony Tino on bass, and Warren Odze on drums, along with vocalists Emily Bindiger and Angela Clemmons.


Bible Study Begins This Weekend

Rabbi Brockman’s weekly Shabbat morning Bible Study class begins this Saturday, October 3 at 9:15 a.m. No advance sign-up is required.


CMI High Schedule Announced

The 2015-16 CMI High schedule has been set. Once again, it will be a combined program with Temple Emanuel in Orange and Temple Beth David in Cheshire. This year’s theme is Justice for Judaism. The class meets monthly on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The first class is November 22. Once again, participants will be attending L’Taken in Washington, DC this Spring. Download a registration form.


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.


Respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis

The world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. 54% of all Syrians are either refugees who have left Syria or have been displaced from their homes. Over 200,00 have already died in Syria. We MUST be a light in this darkness. We Can Make a Difference. Support HIAS, IsraAID, JCDR, IRIS, Save the Children, IRC, UNHCR, and other groups that are working at the forefront of this issue.


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.