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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

High Holy Day Prayer Book

Rabbi Immerman is offering a series of sessions about the exciting new High Holy Day Prayer Book, Mishkan HaNefesh. We will begin by looking at the history of the Machzor and why the Reform Movement created a new prayer book. The next two sessions will look at “Integrated Theology” – the ways in which different words for God open up … Continue 

Shabbat Under the Stars

September 6 – 6:00 p.m.
Experience the warmth and vitality of CMI. Come out and enjoy Shabbat Under the Stars at 6:00 p.m. followed by a BBQ and Ice Cream Social. The evening will take place on our Patio. [In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Sanctuary & social halls.] For the registration form click here. We look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating simchas together. Reservations are due Friday, August 30.

Community Day/Open House

September 15 – 9:00 a.m.
At our Open House & Activities Fair, grab a bagel and coffee and enjoy a morning of community and learning. Discover our congregation and opportunities to participate in our committees and activities. Join the Religious School for their opening day assembly

Community Day is for all current as well as prospective members so bring your family and friends.

Brighten The New Year

September 15 – 10:00 a.m.
Join the Ritual Committee on Sunday, September 15 at 10:00 am for polishing of our silver ritual objects that you can proudly view, sparkling on the bima, at the High Holy Days. Polish, cloths, and good company will be provided.

Chevra Hands

September 15 – 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.


High Holy Day tickets

Tickets are required for Evening and Morning Services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A guest ticket request form can be downloaded here.  To obtain guest tickets or make payment arrangements, call the office at (203) 288-3877.


High Holy Day Prayer Book – Pickup

If you purchased High Holy Day Prayer Books for your personal use, they can be picked up here at CMI beginning Monday, August 12. The building is open M-Th 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Memorial Book Orders

The High Holy Day Memorial Book is a special tangible way to honor loved ones who have passed away. The book is distributed during the Yom Kippur Yizkor Service. Click here for form pay online click here or call Sarah at 203-288-3877.


Religious School 2019-2020

Religious School registration can now be done online! Please click here to register your child(ren) for school in the fall.