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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


Chanukah Torch Run

December 11 – 9:00 a.m.
All interested runners are invited to join in the fun. We’ll meet at the top of East Rock Park and run to Mishkan Israel (a 2.5 mile course). We’ll be carrying the authentic torch found in Modiin, the town where Chanukah originated. At the conclusion, the torch will be used to light a hanukkiah at a special Chanukah assembly for the Religious School. All the children will sing their favorite Chanukah songs and get to eat latkes and applesauce and get a special Chanukah treat


Mitzvah Mall

December 11 – 10:00 a.m.
CMI holds its 16th annual Mitzvah Mall. Put your holiday shopping into perspective by giving the gift of charity. Over 25 local, national and international charitable organizations will be participating. Both adults and children are encouraged to “shop” the mall. The event is open to the community.


Chanukah Dinner

December 16 – 5:45 p.m.
Everyone is invited to CMI’s annual community Chanukah Dinner. The dinner features traditional Friday night foods as well as latkes and other favorite Chanukah treats. Reservations are available online. Reservations are due December 12.

Our Chanukah Family Service follows at 7:00 p.m.

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Chevra Hands

December 18 – 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.

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Book Discussion

December 21 – 12:00 noon
The Group will be discussing Our Crowd by Stephen Birmingham. Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.


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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.


Mitzvah Mall Is Coming

CMI’s annual Mitzvah Mall is Sunday, December 11. Plan now to do your holiday shopping at this special venue. Instead of buying a material gift, consider donating money to the food bank to feed the hungry, buy a textbook for an orphan in Uganda, buy a winter coat for a homeless person, send a seriously ill child to summer camp, or buy sport equipment for a special Olympian. These are just a few of many opportunities to give the gift of tzedakah.


Reserve Now for Chanukah Dinner

Our popular Chanukah Dinner is Friday, December 16 at 5:45 p.m. Registration is now open online. Reservations are due December 12.


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.