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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


ADL 2016 Torch of Liberty Award Reception Honoring Rabbi Herbert Brockman

Thursday, June 2 – 5:30 p.m.
At this year’s ADL Torch of Liberty Award Reception, Rabbi Herbert Brockman is being recognized as an exceptional community leader. The event is Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. The CMI community is encouraged to come out and help honor our own Rabbi.

Rabbi Brockman will be honored along with John Erma, President AT&T Connecticut and Dr. Dorsey Kendrick, President of Gateway Community College.

To register for the event, go to: www.adl.org/gnhtol16. For more information call Lisa Ratcliff at 203.780.0202.


Kabbalah Class

June 4 – 10:45 a.m.
CMI is offering a 4 part adult education & discussion series on Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism beginning Suturday, April 16 at 10:45 a.m. presented by Dr. Stan Friedman. Additional classes will be held on May 21, June 4 and June 18.
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.

Click here for a flyer.


Brotherhood Annual Deli & Comedy Night

June 4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Brotherhood of Men and Women present their 11th annual Deli and Comedy Night. Comedian Don Gavin returns to the CMI stage as this year’s featured entertainment. The David Chevan Quartet provides music during dinner. The Brotherhood offers its famous deli fare. Admission will be available at the door. Click here for an order form.


Register for Summer Camp 2016

Looking for a great Jewish Summer Camp experience for your preschooler? Mishkan Israel Nursery School & Childcare offers part and full day options for babies through pre-kindergarten.

Download a registration form for existing MINS family.
Download a registration form for new MINS family.
Online registration for Summer Camp.


Refugee Resettlement

The calls on the part of some here in the US to xenophobia, tribalism, and nativism was put to the lie last night by a group from our congregation, JCARR, our Jewish community’s response to welcoming Refugees and a group of strangers in New York and New Haven who thought bigger of our country. Read and be proud. Click here to read.


National Gun Violence Awareness Day

As part of our congregational effort with CONECT to call attention to the scourge of gun violence in America, let us join with millions of Americans who are declaring Thursday, June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day. We join with our Reform, Religious Action Center in calling for people to WearOrange, the color hunters use to protect themselves while in the woods. 91 Americans are killed every day. The madness must stop.
For more information click here.