Diggin' Dinos Week at Camp
Each week of Summer Camp has its own theme. This week, it’s Diggin’ Dinos. Join us as we dig for dinosaur bones, create dinosaur foot-prints, and design our own Me-O-Saurus. We will have dinosaur snacks, do dinosaur arts and crafts, and play dinosaur games. The Camp serves children 6 weeks to 6 years of age, with part and full day options. Register today — click here to register online or download forms.
Rabbi for Human Rights Forum
June 17 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a special forum sponsored by Supporters of Rabbis for Human Rights hosted by The Congregation Mishkan Israel. Rabbi Arik Ascherman, President and Director of Special Projects & External Relations, Rabbis for Human Rights will speak on “Envisioning a Jewish Democratic State.”
Rabbi Ascherman attributes his interest in activism on behalf of Palestinians to the rabbinic concept of tikkun olam, referring to universal human rights and social justice. Rabbi Ascherman has several times stood trial for acts of civil disobedience for defending Palestinian citizens and farmers against Israeli police and settlers.
A contributing writer to several publications, Rabbi Ascherman is a sought after lecturer who is frequently quoted in the press. He has also received numerous awards and recognitions for his human rights work which include the 2005 Abraham Joshua Heschel Award of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, the 2006 Humanitarian Achievement Prize of the Wholistic Peace Institute, the 2009 Keter Shem Tov Prize of the Recontructionist Rabbinical College and the 2010 Yeshayahu Liebowitz Prize –Yesh Gvul. Rabbi Ascherman is married to Dr. Einat Ramon and have two children.
Little Picassos Week at Camp
Each week of our Summer Camp has its own theme. This week, it’s Little Picassos!!! Get ready for ALL kinds of art! We’ll make bubble art, handprint pictures, whipped cream masterpieces and pottery sculptures. On our last day, we’ll turn our camp into a one-of-a-kind children’s art museum.The Camp serves children 6 weeks to 6 years of age, with part and full day options. Register today — click here to register online or
July 10 – 12:00 noon
The Group will be discussing The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.
Shabbat Under the Stars: Open House BBQ & Ice Cream Social
August 30 – 6:00 pm
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 more information, contact Jennifer at (203) 288-3877.
Annual Selichot Service
August 31 – 7:30 pm
This year’s annual Union Reform Selichot Service is at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison. Rabbi Brockman, Cantor Giglio and the CMI Chorale will join the rabbis, cantors, cantorial soloists and choirs from the other Reform congregations in the area: Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester; Temple Beth David, Cheshire; Temple Emanuel, Orange; B’nai Israel of Southbury.
This beautiful service of prayer and song in preparation for the High Holy Days.
First Day Nursery School
Rosh Hashanah Evening Service
September 4 – 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 5 – 10:00 a.m.
Morning Services begin at 10:00 a.m. There is a concurrent service for children in grades K – 7. Parents must accompany their children who are in 2nd grade or younger. A congregational kiddush follows. Elderly who need van service or reserved seating, call the office. Babysitting is available for preschoolers. Tickets are required for services.
Rosh Hashanah Family Service
September 5 – 2:00 p.m.
Our Rosh Hashanah Family Service is for people of all ages and is open to the community. No ticket is required. A kiddush follows.
September 8 – 1:00 pm
This annual 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.
Yom Kippur Evening Service
September 13 – 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 14 – 10:00 a.m.
Yom Kippur morning services begin at 10:00 a.m. There is a concurrent service for children in grades K – 7. Parents must accompany their children who are in 2nd grade or younger. Tickets are required for services. Elderly who need van service or reserved seating, call the office. Babysitting is available for preschoolers.
Yom Kippur Family Service
September 14 – 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 14 – 12:30 p.m.
The Reflection Service is lay led. Individuals share personal expressions in prose, poetry, instrumental performances, vocal pieces, and guided meditations. The Service is open to the community. No ticket is required.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
September 14 – 3:00 p.m.
Immediately following Family Services, we return to the standard Gates of Repentance liturgy for a traditional Afternoon Service. The service is open to the community. No ticket is required.
Yizkor & Concluding Services
September 14 – 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.
Community Day/Open House
September 15 – 9:00 am
At our Open House & Activities Fair, grab a bagel and coffee, learn about our congregation, nursery and religious schools, committees, activities, and youth groups. Fill out your paperwork to join. Once your children are settled in class, come to an adult education program led by Rabbi Brockman. Other festivities to follow.
An Evening of New Beginnings Part 1: New Member Dinner
September 25 – 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
September 25 – 7:00 p.m.
Our Evening of New Beginnings continues with Simchat Torah Family Services. We’ll be celebrating our new members, September 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.