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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


Megillah Reading

March 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Join in our Erev Purim Service as we tell the story of Esther in the most hilarious manner possible.


Purim Carnival

March 8 – 10:00 a.m.
Play all your favorite games and win lots of prizes! Don’t forget the moon bounce.


175th Anniversary Offenbach Music Service

March 13 – 7:00 p.m.
In celebration of our 175th Anniversary, this year’s Offenbach Music Service will honor musicians, vocalists and artists who have contributed to CMI. The Nu Haven Kapelye and CMI Chorale will be our musical guests.

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Chevra Hands

March 15 – 10:00 a.m.
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.


Gift Shop Israeli Jewelry Show

March 15 – 9:30 a.m.
The Gift Shop is excited to host a Jewelry Show by Israeli designer Yael Avraham. Yael seeks out stones in their natural state and combines them with simplistic and contemporary metal design. She likes to create “unique symbols of the perfect imperfection that’s found in nature.” Come see these one-of-a-kind designs. You’ll find a perfect addition to your Spring wardrobe — and maybe an early Mother’s Day gift. The show runs 9:30-12:30.


Register for Passover Seder

CMI’s annual community Passover Seder is Tuesday, April 15 (second night). Click here for a reservation form or register online.


Support the Voice of Reform Judaism in Israel

You have an important opportunity to influence and impact what happens in Israel. All you need to do is simply VOTE! The elections for the World Zionist Congress are being held now. The purpose of the World Zionist Congress is to discuss the key issues facing the Jewish world and to vote on how to deal with these issues. Electing a large ARZA/Reform Movement delegation to the next World Zionist Congress (WZC) will strengthen Reform Judaism’s values and ideals, including equality, egalitarianism and peace – and will grant the Reform movement greater influence to shape what it means to be Jewish in the Jewish State.

The polls are open now through April 30th. Every single Jew has an important – and real – opportunity to make their voice heard. Vote today — go to www.reformjews4israel.org.


Maccabeats Reservations Now Open

In celebration of our 175th Anniversary, CMI is delighted to present The Maccabeats as the featured entertainer for this year’s Cantor’s Concert on May 31. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages. Reserve now online.

Enjoy watching The Maccabeats here.


CMI Celebrates 175th Anniversary

It is with great pride that 2015 marks CMI’s 175th Anniversary. Over the course of the year, there will be a variety of events each month to celebrate all that CMI has been, is, and will be. We hope you will join us. For more information, visit our 175th Anniversary page.