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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

Sanctuary Photo Exposition

Communities Fighting for Freedom

Monday, October 14 – 11:30 a.m.

This traveling photo exposition is meant to provide a peek inside the lives of two courageous men in the New Haven area who have sought sanctuary while their orders of deportation have been considered in court. These meaningful photographs share their stories of love, support, pain, suffering and uncertainty – experiences shared with their loved ones as well as with the community that has or continues to support them. The exposition has been held in many congregations in the greater New Haven community for two week periods. Congregation Mishkan Israel will host the exposition throughout the Sukkot Holiday – beginning with an “opening” after Sukkot Morning Services on Monday October 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Please join us for a pot-luck luncheon in our Sukkah after you view the photos. 

An Evening of New Beginnings : Simchat Torah & Birthday Blessings

October 20 – 6:00 p.m.
Our Evening of New Beginnings starts with Simchat Torah Family Services. We’ll be celebrating our new members. 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.

An Evening of New Beginnings: New Member Dinner

October 11 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Evening of New Beginnings following services a Dinner provided by The Big Green Pizza Truck at 7:00 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. All members are welcome please register here. It’s sure to be a joyful evening!

Tot Program

October 20 – 9:30 a.m.
Join our Preschool and Kadima teachers on Sunday, October 20 at 9:30 a.m. for a Tot Program and learn about Sinchat Torah. Tot Programs are designed for CMI families with children age 5 years and under. Crafts will be geared for students ages 2-5 but students younger can complete the project with their parents. All programs are free. Snack is provided.

Chevra Hands

October 20 – 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.


Introduction to Reading Liturgical Hebrew

Rabbi Steve Steinberg will be offering a course in reading the Hebrew of the siddur on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, but is also intended for those who want to improve their basic liturgical skills. The foremost goal of the class is to be able to follow and join in the Hebrew of the erev shabbat service. The class will also look at the structure and history of basic Jewish liturgy and other aspects of Judaism that grow out of the study of Hebrew. The course usually ends with a study of the Passover Haggadah in the late Spring. If you are interested in this course, please leave your name at the CMI office. It is hoped to start the class October 20.


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 Sea, 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.


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