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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

Nu Haven Kapelye Community Concert

December 25 – 4:00 p.m.
Join us on Wednesday, December 25 at 4:00 p.m. as Nu Haven Kapelye leads us in a spirited evening of song and dance! This is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and support this wonderful musical group, CMI and the local food pantry as we ask you to please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated. 

$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Seniors & children under 13
$20.00 for families of 4 or more

Chanukah Service

December 27 – 6:00 p.m.
Join us on Friday, December 27 to Celebrate Chanukah Service at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your menorah and 7 candles so we can light the hannukiah at the beginning of services. 

Brotherhood Sunday Book Club

January 12 – 10:00 a.m.
The Sunday Book Club will be discussing Notorious RBG in a session facilitated by Emily Bazelon, Senior Research Scholar in Law and Truman Capote Fellow in Law, Yale University Law School. The book club series is organized by the CMI Brotherhood of Men and Women. The registration fee is $10 for BMW members and $20 for non-members of the Brotherhood. Registration includes a copy of the book and a bagel, cream cheese and coffee or tea at the session. Click here to register.


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
Tentative 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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Abraham’s Tent

CMI is once again serving as a host for Abraham’s Tent, a collaborative project of congregations and Columbus House to alleviate overcrowding in the overflow shelter. CMI will host between December 23 through December 30. Read more →


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