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WELCOME TO MISHKAN ISRAEL
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!

 

Adult Education

Mussar Lunch and Learn – Thursdays at Noon
Through the practice of mussar we will learn how to achieve balance in our lives through Jewish values. We will study and explore mussar texts including Everyday Holinenss by Alan Morinis. Bring your lunch every Thursday in the Library. Please sign up by emailing Sarah Legassey

Kabbalah & Judaism
Stanley Friedman will be leading discussion sessions that explore topics of interest in Kabbalah and Judaism. The sessions will be held in the Congregation Mishkan Israel lounge from 10:30 AM to noon, on selected Saturday mornings. No prerequisites required – only intellectual curiosity. For questions or to be added to the email list, contact Dr. Friedman
Schedule:
January 18, 2020: Dreams in Kabbalah (pending)
February 29, 2020: Heaven
March 28, 2020: Reincarnation/Soul
May 2, 2020: Nature of Evil
May 30, 2020: Kabbalistic Astrology
June 13, 2020: “Work” of the Kabbalist.

Introduction to Reading Liturgical Hebrew
Rabbi Steve Steinberg will be offering a course in reading the Hebrew on Sunday mornings from 9:45 -10:30 a.m.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
This class meets with Rabbi Immerman at 9:00 a.m. On Saturday Mornings. 

Judaism: New Interpretations of Old Ideas
This class with Rabbi Steinberg meets Sunday mornings from 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Study Group
Meeting on Wednesday afternoons, 12:10 – 1:00 p.m., the group studies biblical Hebrew vocabulary and grammar with a focus on a direct translation of Genesis.

Introduction to Judaism
CMI is excited to partner with other congregations to offer a community Introduction to Judaism Class. This class will allow you to learn more about your Jewish heritage or prepare you or a loved one for the process of conversion with Rabbi Immerman.
Each student will need a rabbinic sponsor. If you want Rabbi Immerman to sponsor you or if you have questions, please contact him at 203-288-3877.
Classes will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

Purim Spiel 2020

February 2 – 10:00 a.m.
Schmaltz Is the Word! Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 2 for an organizational meeting and read-through of this year’s Purim Spiel – a parody of Grease, the Musical. All ages and levels of experience welcome! Contact Julie Chevan at julie.chevan@nullgmail.com for more information or if you want to be involved but can’t make the meeting.

Purim Spiel 2020

February 2 – 10:00 a.m.
Schmaltz Is the Word! Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 2 for an organizational meeting and read-through of this year’s Purim Spiel – a parody of Grease, the Musical. All ages and levels of experience welcome! Contact Julie Chevan at julie.chevan@nullgmail.com for more information or if you want to be involved but can’t make the meeting.

 

Adult Education

Mussar Lunch and Learn – Thursdays at Noon
Through the practice of mussar we will learn how to achieve balance in our lives through Jewish values. We will study and explore mussar texts including Everyday Holinenss by Alan Morinis. Bring your lunch every Thursday in the Library. Please sign up by emailing Sarah Legassey

Kabbalah & Judaism
Stanley Friedman will be leading discussion sessions that explore topics of interest in Kabbalah and Judaism. The sessions will be held in the Congregation Mishkan Israel lounge from 10:30 AM to noon, on selected Saturday mornings. No prerequisites required – only intellectual curiosity. For questions or to be added to the email list, contact Dr. Friedman
Schedule:
January 18, 2020: Dreams in Kabbalah (pending)
February 29, 2020: Heaven
March 28, 2020: Reincarnation/Soul
May 2, 2020: Nature of Evil
May 30, 2020: Kabbalistic Astrology
June 13, 2020: “Work” of the Kabbalist.

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Amazon Smile

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The next time you shop using Amazon, click on Amazon Smile first, and select Congregation Mishkan Israel CT as your charity!
It costs you nothing – and a 0.5% donation is made to CMI based on your purchases at AmazonSmile.

 

Pay Online

Did you know you can pay CMI directly from here? The convenience is amazing! You can pay your Dues, Religious School, Nursery School, Summer Camp, Make a donation, and special events. 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.

 

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. Please watch Livestream by using FireFox or Internet Explorer.

 

Free Tickets/Passes for Cancer Patients

Free tickets to area attractions (theater, sporting events, children’s shows, museums), for cancer patients throughout Connecticut. To sign-up please e-mail Sharon@nulllittlewonder.org. Please note, to be eligible, a doctor must provide confirmation of a cancer diagnosis. For more information go to: http://www.littlewonder.org.

 

Cancer Screening

Knowing Saves Lives — Women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish (Central or Eastern European) ancestry have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. This is at least a ten times greater probability than that of the non-Jewish population. Individuals with a gene mutation in either BRCA1or BRCA2 are at higher than average risk for developing certain cancers. Talk to your loved ones about your family history of cancer. Want to know more about BRCA? Visit www.basser.org or call (215) 662-2748.

 

Food Drive

The Social Action Committee is sponsoring an ongoing food drive for Christian Community Action’s Food Pantry. Bring in nonperishable food items (no glass please). Double-bagging is appreciated. A collection bin is in the rotunda.