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More than a place. We’re a community.

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


First Day Nursery School

September 3 – 7:30 a.m.
Nursery School starts Wednesday, September 3. Daycare opens at 7:30 a.m., nursery school at 9:00 a.m. Register online or download complete information and registrationforms.


Orientation for HHD Greeters

September 7 – 9:30 a.m.
This orientation is for all those serving as greeters for the High Holy Days to learn how to make this a warm, welcoming, safe experience for all and how to handle different situations that may arise. We welcome participation from all interested congregants. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jennifer in the office.

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Book Discussion

September 10 – 12:00 noon
The Group will be discussing The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner. Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.

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Shabbat Under the Stars: Open House BBQ & Ice Cream Social

September 12 – 6:00 pm
Experience the warmth and vitality of CMI. Come out and enjoy Shabbat Under the Stars at 6:00 p.m. followed by a BBQ and Ice Cream Social. The evening will take place on our Patio. [In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Sanctuary & social halls.]


Annual Selichot Service

September 20 – 7:00 pm
This year’s annual Union Reform Selichot Service is at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester. The rabbis, cantors, cantorial soloists and choirs from all the Reform congregations in the area will participate. This beautiful service of prayer and song in preparation for the High Holy Days.


Community Day/Open House

September 21 – 9:00 am
At our Open House & Activities Fair, grab a bagel and coffee, learn about our congregation, nursery and religious schools, committees, activities, and youth groups. Stop by the arts and crafts tables to make holiday decorations. Fill out your paperwork to join and enroll your children. Once your children are settled in class, join the Religious Education Committee in their roundtable discussion on the School’s vision and values, come to an adult education program led by Rabbi Brockman, or participate in one of the many other activities.


Religious School Registration

Are you registered for Religious School? It’s not too late. Register online or download registration forms. You must be a member in order to enroll your children.


Time to Get Ready for the High Holy Days

Are you ready for the High Holy Days? Click here for a complete guide to the holidays at CMI.


High Holy Day tickets

Tickets are required for Evening and Morning Services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tickets will be mailed to current members the week of September 8; be sure to get guest ticket requests in by September 5.  To obtain guest tickets or make payment arrangements, call the office at (203) 288-3877.


Introduction Classes

Introduction to Judaism and Introduction to Hebrew classes are slated to begin October 19. The classes are held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. respectively. Pre-registration is required. Enroll by contacting Merav at (203) 288-3877 or gro.nedmahimcnull@naanacm.


New Member Information

From babies to seniors and everything in between, we offer a warm, welcoming community with a myriad of activities and services in which to participate. We invite you to experience our community firsthand. Come to one of our upcoming Open Houses: Shabbat Under the Stars on Friday, September 12 and/or Community Day on Sunday, September 21.

To download information, click here or for more information, contact Executive Director Jennifer Levin-Tavares at gro.nedmahimcnull@seravatnivelj.


Nursery School Taking Fall Registrations

Mishkan Israel Nursery School & Childcare offers a warm, friendly environment, great teachers, Jewish experience, and great flexibility. Select 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week, either part or full day. The School serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Download complete information and registration for Fall or register Fall online.