Introduction to Reading Liturgical Hebrew
Rabbi Steve Steinberg will be offering a course in reading the Hebrew of the siddur on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, but is also intended for those who want to improve their basic liturgical skills. The foremost goal of the class is to be able to follow and join in the Hebrew of the erev shabbat service. The class will also look at the structure and history of basic Jewish liturgy and other aspects of Judaism that grow out of the study of Hebrew. The course usually ends with a study of the Passover Haggadah in the late Spring. If you are interested in this course, please leave your name at the CMI office. It is hoped to start the class October 20.
CMI is headed to Israel!
I’m excited to say that registration is now open for the CMI 2020 Trip to Israel from March 15-25! We will visit Jerusalem, the Galilee, dine with goats, float in the Dead Sea, enjoy Shabbat with an Israeli Reform community, and much more! On the registration page you will find the itinerary and registration details. You can register directly on the website. Once on the trip’s website, click the “Register Now” button to finalize the booking online. You can also call the ARZA customer service center with any question at 888-811-2812 x 1, open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Sanctuary Photo Exposition
Communities Fighting for Freedom
Monday, October 14 – 11:30 a.m.
This traveling photo exposition is meant to provide a peek inside the lives of two courageous men in the New Haven area who have sought sanctuary while their orders of deportation have been considered in court. These meaningful photographs share their stories of love, support, pain, suffering and uncertainty – experiences shared with their loved ones as well as with the community that has or continues to support them. The exposition has been held in many congregations in the greater New Haven community for two week periods. Congregation Mishkan Israel will host the exposition throughout the Sukkot Holiday – beginning with an “opening” after Sukkot Morning Services on Monday October 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Please join us for a pot-luck luncheon in our Sukkah after you view the photos.
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.
CMI Livestreams Services
Services are livestreamed so that members and friends who were unable to attend in person can enjoy Shabbat, the holidays and lifecycle events. To watch our service on your computer or mobile device, click here. Please watch Livestream by using FireFox or Internet Explorer.
Free Tickets/Passes for Cancer Patients
Free tickets to area attractions (theater, sporting events, children’s shows, museums), for cancer patients throughout Connecticut. To sign-up please e-mail Sharon@nulllittlewonder.org. Please note, to be eligible, a doctor must provide confirmation of a cancer diagnosis. For more information go to: http://www.littlewonder.org.
Knowing Saves Lives — Women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish (Central or Eastern European) ancestry have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. This is at least a ten times greater probability than that of the non-Jewish population. Individuals with a gene mutation in either BRCA1or BRCA2 are at higher than average risk for developing certain cancers. Talk to your loved ones about your family history of cancer. Want to know more about BRCA? Visit www.basser.org or call (215) 662-2748.
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring an ongoing food drive for Christian Community Action’s Food Pantry. Bring in nonperishable food items (no glass please). Double-bagging is appreciated. A collection bin is in the rotunda.
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring an ongoing clothing drive for Immanel Baptist Church’s Clothes Closet. Clean out your closets and bring in your unwanted items. The collection bin is in the Coat Room.
Register To Be Bone Marrow Donor
Want to do a mitzvah? Consider giving the gift of life — register to be a bone marrow donor. Registering requires a swap of the cheek. For more information, click here or go to giftoflife.org.
Free Housecleaning for Cancer Patients
Free housecleaning is available from Cleaning for a Reason for women currently undergoing chemotherapy. The service is available one time per month for four months during treatment. To be eligible, a doctor must provide confirmation of the current treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in the person’s zip code area arrange for the service. For more information, go to http://www.cleaningforareason.com.
Since hospitals are not permitted to notify us when a congregant has been admitted, we rely on you to alert us. If you know of a member who is in the hospital, contact Rabbi Immerman at (203) 288-3877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oneg & Flower Sponsorships
Share your joy and memories with the congregation by sponsoring the flowers and/or oneg on a Friday night. For more information, contact Sarah at (203) 288-3877.
Stop & Shop Cards Available
If you do your grocery shopping at Stop & Shop, come by the synagogue office and buy e-cards – you’ll be supporting CMI. For every $100 sold, we get $5. Stop by weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or during Religious School.