Annual Selichot Service
September 5 – 7:00 pm
This year’s annual Union Reform Selichot Service is at Temple Beth David in Cheshire. The rabbis, cantors, cantorial soloists and choirs from all the Reform congregations in the area will participate. This beautiful service of prayer and song in preparation for the High Holy Days.
Orientation for HHD Greeters
September 6 – 11:00 a.m.
This orientation is for all those serving as greeters for the High Holy Days to learn how to make this a warm, welcoming, safe experience for all and how to handle different situations that may arise. We welcome participation from all interested congregants. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jennifer in the office.
Rosh Hashanah Evening Service
September 13 – 8:00 p.m.
We usher in Rosh Hashanah with Evening Services at 8:00 p.m. Elderly who need reserved seating should call the office. Tickets are required.
Rosh Hashanah Morning & Children's Services
September 14 – 10:00 a.m.
Morning Services begin at 10:00 a.m. There is a concurrent service for children in grades 2 – 7. Parents must accompany their children who are in 2nd grade. The Service is not appropriate for younger children — babysitting is available for children 6 and under.
Reserved seating and van services are available by advance reservation. Tickets are required for entry for 10:00 a.m. services.
Rosh Hashanah Family Service & Birthday Blessings
September 14 – 2:00 p.m.
Our Rosh Hashanah Family Service is for people of all ages and is open to the community. We also will be celebrating Birthday Blessings for those children born in the month of August or September. No ticket is required. A kiddush follows.
September 16 – 12:00 noon
The Group will be discussing On the Move by Oliver Sacks. Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.
Community Day/Open House
September 20 – 9:00 am
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 nursery and religious schools, committees, and activities. Stop by the arts and crafts tables to make sukkah decorations. Be inspired by Rabbi Brockman’s adult education class. Join the Religious Education Committee discussion about the future of religious education. Savor apples and honey as we gather together to end the morning with sweetness.
Memorial Service & Cemetery Chapel Rededication
September 20 – 1:00 pm
The annual Memorial Service is held at the CMI Cemetery, 701 Whalley Avenue in New Haven. Your loved ones do not have to be buried there to attend. This year, immediately following the service, we will rededicate the Chapel, which has just finished being restored.
First Day Religious School
September 20 – 9:30 a.m.
Religious School starts Sunday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. We invite families to stop in the Community Day Activities Fair before taking their child(ren) to class at 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Brockman and REC will lead sessions for parents and then everyone will come together at 11:30 for an opening assembly. We’ll close out the morning together with apples and honey.
Yom Kippur Evening Service
September 22 – 8:00 p.m.
Kol Nidre Services begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are required. Elderly who need van service or reserved seating, call the office.
Yom Kippur Morning & Children's Services
September 23 – 10:00 a.m.
Yom Kippur morning services begin at 10:00 a.m. There is a concurrent service for children in grades 2 – 7. Parents must accompany their children who are in 2nd grade. Tickets are required for services. Elderly who need van service or reserved seating, call the office. Babysitting is available for younger children.
Yom Kippur Family Service
September 23 – 2:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur Family Services are for people of all ages and it is open to the community. No ticket is required.
Yom Kippur Reflection Service
September 23 – 12:30 p.m.
After the Yom Kippur morning service has finished, we gather in a more intimate space for the Reflection Service. This Service is designed to provide an opportunity for individual reflection on the past, present, and future with the aid of original and thoughtfully selected writings and music. This year’s theme is “Gratitude.” No ticket is required.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
September 23 – 3:00 p.m.
Immediately following Family Services, the Afternoon Service utilizes selected prayers and readings from the new CCAR High Holy Day prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh. The service is open to the community. No ticket is required.
Yizkor & Concluding Services
September 23 – 4:45 p.m.
At the Yizkor Service, we read the names of our congregants and their loved ones who have passed away since the last High Holy Days. Our concluding service immediately follows and culminates with the blowing of the shofar, havdallah, kiddush and motzi. These services are open to the community. No ticket is required.
Yom Kippur Text Study & Adult Discussions
September 23 – 2:00 p.m.
As an alternative to the Family Service, adults may choose between two other offerings: Professor Shelly Kagan will lead a group text study and discussion; there also will be a social action discussion about CONECT and community organizing.
Sukkah Decorating Party
September 27 – 12:00 noon
OUR SUKKAH: IT’S MORE THAN A PLACE…IT’S A REFLECTION OF OUR COMMUNITY! Come decorate the sukkah. We’ll provide some art supplies or you can bring your own. Contributions of craft supplies greatly appreciated. Decorations might include: streamers, paper chains, posters, hanging decorations, origami, flowers/plants/vegetables from your garden, whatever you can think of… Come help make our sukkah a work of art that truly reflects us all! Refreshments will be provided.
September 27 – 9:30 a.m.
Join our Preschool and Kadima teachers, listen to stories, sing with Elise, and create a special craft project around the Jewish year. 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.
CMI Teens & Families BBQ
September 27 – 11:30 a.m.
Come have lunch with Rabbi Brockman, Michelle Goldstein and Leah King (Regional Youth Director, URJ) to learn about the opportunities CMI has available for you! You will learn about making connections with Jewish teens from around New Haven and New England.
October 4 – 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.
An Evening of New Beginnings Part 1: New Member Dinner
October 4 – 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Evening of New Beginnings. We begin by a Dinner at 6:00 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. Immediately following will be our Simchat Torah Consecration Family Service at which we celebrate students new to our Religious School, new Birthdays, and a new reading of the Torah. It’s sure to be a joyful evening!
An Evening of New Beginnings Part 2: Simchat Torah & Consecration Family Service
October 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Our Evening of New Beginnings continues with Simchat Torah Family Services. We’ll be celebrating our new members, October Birthdays, and the Consecration of students new to our Religious School. 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.
If your child was born in October and will be at services, please call the office.
175th Anniversary Special Service
October 16 – 7:00 p.m.
This month’s 175th Anniversary Special Shabbat Service honors our long time members (those who have been affiliated with CMI for 36 or more years). The service begins at 7:00 p.m.; oneg follows.
Family Service & Birthday Blessings
November 13 – 7:00 p.m.
At Family Services, we will be celebrating Birthday Blessings. If your child was born in November and will be at services, please call Tamara at (203) 288-3877.