Coming Events

175th Anniversary Special Service - Guest Speaker: URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs


Friday, December 4 – 7:30 p.m.
We are delighted to close out our 175th Anniversary year as audaciously as it began. This month’s featured guest is URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who will be our speaker at the December Special Shabbat Evening Service on Friday, December 4.

Tot Shabbat


December 5 – 10:30 a.m.
Families with children ages 6 and under, don’t miss Tot Shabbat! At the short service, we’ll have blessings, sing songs and hear stories. Food and schmooze after the service. Tot Shabbat is open to the community.

Social Action Film Series


December 5 – 7:00 p.m.
To honor CMI’s 175th Anniversary, and our synagogue’s long history of concern and support for refugees and immigrants, the Social Action Committee is sponsoring Terrafirme. This Italian film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. CMI member Penny Marcus, Professor of Italian at Yale, will moderate a discussion following the movie.

Chanukah Torch Run


December 6 – 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

Chanukah Family Service & Birthday Blessings


December 11 – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Chanukah at this month’s Family Service. Be sure to bring your menorah and 7 candles so we can light the hannukiah at the beginning of services. We also will be celebrating Birthday Blessings. If your child was born in December and will be at services, please call Tamara at (203) 288-3877.

Chanukah Dinner


December 11 – 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 7.

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

Table Talk


December 13 – 10:00 a.m.
CMI is pleased to welcome Rhea Hirshman for a table talk discussion on Sunday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. Talk topic: Making Waves: Jewish Women and the Feminist Movement. Rhea is a writer, editor, and communications consultant. She is also an adjunct professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UConn in Stamford. A long-time feminist activist, she founded a feminist bookstore in New Haven and writes an occasional op-ed column on gender issues for the New Haven Register. She sees no conflict between good politics, good grammar, good works and a good time.

Book Discussion

cup of coffe and opened book

December 16 – 12:00 noon
The Group will be discussing The Fortune Teller’s Kiss by Brenda Serotte. Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.

175th Anniversary Special Service

Homecoming 2011 photo by John Nicolau, Class of 1981. 175 balloon.

December 18 – 7:00 p.m.
This is our last 175th Anniversary Special Shabbat Service. We will honor our current leadership as well as Past Presidents. The service begins at 7:00 p.m.; oneg follows.

Life Is Delicious


December 20
LID will be back in the kitchen to cook for Columbus House’s overflow shelter. Volunteers shop, prep, cook, clean up, and serve.

Nu Haven Kapelye Community Concert


December 25 – 4:00 p.m.
CMI hosts the annual Nu Haven Kapelye Community Concert with Cantor Giglio and an ensemble of CMI and community musicians. Listen, dance, sing and be joyful.

Annual Interfaith Martin Luther King Jr. Service


January 15 – 7:30 p.m.
We are extremely pleased to welcome David Goodman as our guest speaker. David is President of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, which is named after David’s older brother, slain civil rights leader Andrew Goodman.

Faith leaders from the Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Bahai, and Unitarian traditions will join Rabbi Brockman in leading the Service. The Afro-Semitic Experience will be our guest musicians.

Tot Program


February 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Join our Preschool and Kadima classes, listen to stories, sing with Elise, and create a special craft project around the Jewish holidays. Our Tot Program is designed for CMI & MINS 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.

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