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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


Kabbalah Class

October 22 – 9:00 a.m.
CMI is offering a 4 part adult education & discussion series on Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism. Next class will be held on Suturday, October 22 at 9:00 a.m. presented by Dr. Stan Friedman. Additional classes will be held on November 5 and December 3.
Dr. Friedman is on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine. He has studied kabbalah for over 20 years with British Kabbalist, Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi and serves on the Board of the International Kabbalah Society.


Social Action Film Series

October 29 – 7:00 p.m.
The Social Action Committee is hosting a film series this year focused on the topic: Women, Men and Religious Traditions: Judaism, Islam and Christian Fundamentalism. The firs movie is Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. This film tells the story of an orthodox Jewish woman who is trying to obtain a divorce, which can only be granted by a panel of rabbis, and only with the full consent of her husband. A discussion following the movie.
The event is free and open to the public. Please consider helping SAC’s ongoing collections of food and clothing. Light refreshment will be served.


Life Is Delicious

October 30 – 12:00 p.m.
LID will be back in the kitchen to cook for Columbus House’s overflow shelter. Volunteers shop, prep, cook, clean up, and serve.


Introduction Classes

Introduction to Judaism and Introduction to Hebrew classes will begin on Sunday, November 6.  The classes are held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. respectively. Pre-registration is required — It is not too late to sign up. Enroll by contacting Merav at (203) 288-3877 or mcanaan@nullcmihamden.org.


Bible Study Begins Soon

Rabbi Brockman’s weekly Shabbat morning Bible Study class will begin on Saturday, November 5 at 9:15 a.m. No advance sign-up is required.


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.