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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


Rosh Hashanah Evening Service

October 2 – 8:00 p.m.
We usher in Rosh Hashanah with Evening Services at 8:00 p.m. Elderly who need reserved seating should call the office. Tickets are required.

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Rosh Hashanah Family Service

October 3 – 2:00 p.m.
Our Rosh Hashanah Family Service is for people of all ages and is open to the community. No ticket is required. A kiddush follows.


Rosh Hashanah Morning Services

October 3 – 10:00 a.m.
Morning Services begin at 10:00 a.m. Children in grades Pre-K-7 are encouraged to attend the morning sanctuary service until 10:45 a.m. when a blessing of the children and family will occur and then proceed to the Children’s Program on Rosh Hashanah. Babysitting is available for children 4 and under (advance registration is required).

Reserved seating and van services are available by advance reservation. Tickets are required for entry for 10:00 a.m. services.


Yom Kippur Reflection Service

October 12 – 12:30 p.m.
After the Yom Kippur morning service has finished, we gather in a more intimate space for the Reflection Service. This Service is designed to provide an opportunity for individual reflection on the past, present, and future with the aid of original and thoughtfully selected writings and music. This year’s theme is “Gratitude.” No ticket is required.

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Yom Kippur Afternoon Service

October 12 – 3:00 p.m.
Immediately following Family Services, the Afternoon Service utilizes selected prayers and readings from the new CCAR High Holy Day prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh. The service is open to the community. No ticket is required.


Reserve now for van service, reserved seating and babysitting

Van service is available to the main High Holy Day services. Reserved Seating in the front pews is available for those with health and mobility concerns. Babysitting is available during morning services for preschoolers. Click here to download the form or call the office at (203) 288-3877.


Time to Get Ready for the High Holy Days

Are you ready for the High Holy Days? Click here for a complete guide to the holidays at CMI.


JScreen Education & Carrier Screening Program for Jewish Genetic Diseases

JScreen provides families with Jewish ancestry an easy and affordable way to test their carrier status for the genetic diseases most common among the Jewish population. Participants have access to JScreen’s genetic counselors and can test conveniently from home on saliva samples. This allows you and your family members (who may not live in CT) to access screening 24/7, regardless of where in the U.S. they reside.
JScreen goal is to make Jewish genetic screening easily accessible, affordable, and as convenient as possible. Screening is important for anyone with Jewish ancestry, including those with Sephardi and Mizrahi backgrounds and interfaith couples. For more information click on the links: http://jscreen.org/, www.Facebook.com/myjscreen or www.twitter.com/myjscreen.


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.