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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

Life is Delicious

April 28 – 12:00 noon
LID will be back in the kitchen to cook for Columbus House’s overflow shelter. To sign up to help, contact Aaron at aaron.singer@nullthehartford.com.

Tot Shabbat

May 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Families with children ages 6 and under, don’t miss Tot Shabbat! Join our clergy for this celebtarion of Shabbat with prayers, songs and stories. Tot Shabbat is open to the community.

Offenbach Music Service

May 3 – 6:00 p.m.
Join us on Friday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. We will be honoring all the congregants who volunteer their amazing musical talents in our services and events. Anyone who has played or sang should plan to attend so we can recognize them for their wonderful efforts and commitment to making CMI such a special community. The CMI Chorale will be singing with Kevin Mack at the keyboard.

Chevra Hands

May 5 – 10:00 a.m.
Calling all knitters and crocheters. Beautiful yarn has been donated to Chevra Hands. Looking for volunteers to make shawls, baby blankets and lap blankets to be given to members of our congregation. For more information please contact Sue Millen at smillen179@nullsbcglobal.net

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.

Shabbat Family Dinner

May 10 – 7:00 p.m.

The Shabbat Family Service will be on Friday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Congregational Shabbat Dinner and 7th Grade graduation at 7:00 p.m. Sign up for the dinner on line or call the office at 203-288-3877.
We will be celebrating Birthday Blessings at our Family Shabbat Service. If your child was born in May and will be at services, contact Tamara at tepstein@nullcmihamden.org or (203) 288-3877.


CMI is headed to Israel!

I’m excited to say that registration is now open for the CMI 2020 Trip to Israel from March 15-25! We will visit Jerusalem, the Galilee, dine with goats, float in the dead see, enjoy Shabbat with an Israeli Reform community, and much more! On the registration page you will find the itinerary and registration details. You can register directly on the website. Once on the trip’s website, click the “Register Now” button to finalize the booking online. You can also call the ARZA customer service center with any question at 888-811-2812 x 1, open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


American Red Cross

Thursday, May 2 • 9:00 a.m.
We are excited to partner with the American Red Cross on May 2, 2019 to launch the first of what we hope will be many blood drives. We’ll be working together to give back to the community in a truly life changing way since each donation we collect can save up to three lives.
The Red Cross has been making a humanitarian impact for more than 130 years, and has been collecting blood for over 70 of those years. We can all be part of something important when we work with the Red Cross to strengthen the blood supply and give back to our community.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.redcrossblood.org and enter: Mishkan to schedule an appointment.
Thank you for making Congregation Mishkan Israel such a success. Let’s make an impact on May 2 and add saving lives to our list of great accomplishments.

High Holy Day Prayer Book Campaign

We are excited to introduce Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Reform High Holy Day prayer book, this fall at CMI. We hope that everyone will consider donating one or more sets to Mishkan Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one. To learn more about this process, we encourage you to read a letter from Rabbi Immerman and our president, Sarah Greenblatt. You can dedicate prayerbooks on our website by clicking here or via the form that your will receive in the mail. If you have any questions please call the synagogue or contact Rabbi Immerman.

Click here to read the letter from Rabbi Immerman and Sarah Greenblatt


Cantor’s Concert & Silent Auction

On Saturday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m., Congregation Mishkan Israel will hold its major Fundraising event, Kehilah K’dosha, a fabulous concert of Israeli songs, Broadway tunes, contemporary pop, jazz and Jewish cabaret by renowned Cantors Magda Fishman and Randy Herman. This event represents the single most important fundraising event of the year and we count on its financial success as we address the budget challenges of a not-for-profit institution.
The concert will be outstanding. In addition to the Concert, the program includes a Silent Auction; light dinner, cocktails, desserts and coffee will be served.
For a menu of giving opportunities, including recognition and benefits, click here. Both personal and business sponsors are appreciated. In addition, donations to the Silent Auction would also be appreciated. Click here for the form. Click here to pay online.
We need your support!