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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


Annual Passover Seder

April 4 – 6:00 p.m.
Join your CMI family for a wonderful Passover celebration and some really good food. Our community-wide Passover Seder is on second night, Saturday, April 4, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Members of the community are invited. Reservations are due by March 27; after that date, please call the office to check on availability. Click here for a reservation form or register online.


Sunday Morning Yoga

April 5 – 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.


175th Anniversary Special Service

April 17 – 7:00 p.m.
This month’s 175th Anniversary Special Shabbat Service honors the many who have served CMI in a volunteer capacity — helping with committees, activities, special projects. The service begins at 7:00 p.m.; oneg follows.

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Chevra Hands

April 19 – 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.


Life Is Delicious

April 19
LID will be back in the kitchen for the first time this season to cook for Columbus House’s overflow shelter. Volunteers are needed to shop, set-up, cook, clean, and serve at this and future sessions. Advance sign up is required. Slots fill quickly.


Register for Passover Seder

CMI’s annual community Passover Seder is Saturday, April 4 (second night). Click here for a reservation form or register online.


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.