Coming Events

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.

An Evening of New Beginnings : Simchat Torah & Birthday Blessings

October 20 – 6:00 p.m.
Our Evening of New Beginnings starts with Simchat Torah Family Services. We’ll be celebrating our new members. Make lots of noise and dance around the sanctuary and into the sukkah with the Torahs, flags, and lulavim. Be amazed as we unroll an entire Torah around the sanctuary. It’s a fun evening for all ages.

An Evening of New Beginnings: New Member Dinner

October 11 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Evening of New Beginnings following services a Dinner provided by The Big Green Pizza Truck at 7:00 p.m., at which we honor and welcome those who have joined our congregational family over the past year. New members are our complimentary guests for dinner. All members are welcome please register here. It’s sure to be a joyful evening!

Tot Program

October 20 – 9:30 a.m.
Join our Preschool and Kadima teachers on Sunday, October 20 at 9:30 a.m. for a Tot Program and learn about Sinchat Torah. Tot Programs are designed for CMI families with children age 5 years and under. Crafts will be geared for students ages 2-5 but students younger can complete the project with their parents. All programs are free. Snack is provided.

Chevra Hands

October 20 – 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

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.

Book Discussion

October 23 – 12:00 noon

The Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, October 23 at 12:00 noon. The group will be discussing The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis.   Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.

Kabbalah Class

October 26 – 10:30 a.m.
Stanley Friedman will be leading discussion sessions that explore topics of interest in Kabbalah and Judaism. The sessions will be held in the Congregation Mishkan Israel lounge from 10:30 AM to noon, on selected Saturday mornings.  No prerequisites required – only intellectual curiosity. For questions or to be added to the email list, contact Dr. Friedman at: First Class will meet Saturday, October 26.

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