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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

CMI Education Task Force series on Antisemitism

November 12 – 7:00 p.m.

The CMI Education Task Force will present an interactive series on antisemitism. The next session will consider topics explored in the recent book, Antisemitism Here and Now by Deborah Lipstadt, moderated by ADL spokesperson Marji Shapiro and members of the task force. Participants are strongly encouraged to read the book by Lipstadt, since it will provide a common set of themes and ideas for discussion. This program is intended to offer an open and safe forum to consider both the history and current manifestations of antisemitism, with opportunities for participants to raise questions that arise from the readings and discussions. We will consider not only the negative impact of antisemitism but also the reasons to be thankful that we are Jews: elements of both Oy and Joy!
Mark your calendars for this highly relevant and constructive series: Tuesday evenings November 12 and December 10. All sessions will take place at 7:00 p.m. at CMI.

Chevra Hands

November 24 – 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.

Life is Delicious

November 24 – 12:00 noon

LID will be back in the kitchen to cook for Columbus House’s overflow shelter. To sign up to help, contact Aaron at aaron.singer@nullthehartford.com.

Chanukah Potluck Dinner

December 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to CMI’s annual community Chanukah Dinner. This year we are providing the potato lakes and asking CMI Members for an optional contribution of $5.00/person and/or bringing the following dish (that serves 8) to share :
Last name A-C – a Side Dish
Last name D-L – a Main Dish
Last name M-Z – a Dessert .

Reservations are available online. RSVP by Monday, December 9.


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:
November 9, 2019: Meditation in Kabbalah
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.

Read more →


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 →


Latke Orders

The Religious School is conducting their annual Chanukah Latke Sale. Buy these easy-to-serve latkes for all your holiday celebrations. Orders are due by December 3. Click here here to download a form. All proceeds benefit the School. Pick-up is December 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.


Amazon Smile

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It costs you nothing – and a 0.5% donation is made to CMI based on your purchases at AmazonSmile.