President’s Message

Welcome to Congregation Mishkan Israel!

As President of Congregation Mishkan Israel (CMI), I am delighted to know that you are interested in learning more about our vibrant congregation and considering membership. CMI has been a part of the greater New Haven community since 1840 and as such is the oldest Jewish congregation in Connecticut and the 14th continuously active synagogue in New England.

As a member of CMI since 2010, I have found many opportunities to nurture my spiritual needs, as well as my ongoing Judaic learning and social action interests. I have been a Board member since shortly after joining the congregation, chairing the CMI Nursery School Committee and serving as Assistant Treasurer. I also serve as a greeter once a month for Friday evening Shabbat Services which has been a wonderful way for me to meet new friends. I for one can attest to how welcoming the Board, staff and congregation have been to a new member!

In stepping into the role of President on June 15, 2018, I am honored and humbled to be in a leadership position at this critical time in our CMI history. On July 1, 2018 we welcome Rabbi Brian Immerman as our new spiritual leaders. Together, we look forward to preserving the continuity of our quality programming and to embracing the opportunities for change that new leadership brings.

There are many ways that you can become involved at CMI. We welcome families with school-age children to our Religious School on Tuesday afternoons and Sunday mornings, when you can grab a cup of coffee and a bagel at the coffee shop sponsored by our Brotherhood of Men and Women. For families with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, our Mishkan Israel Nursery School provides flexible, high quality, year-round child care and early childhood education. For adults of all ages, you can find the right level of involvement in an array of activities. You can come to pray and learn, to share your interests and talents, and to share your joys and sorrows within a supportive community.

CMI has a long history of engagement in Tikkun Olam – from growing crops in our Pe’ah Garden for area hunger programs to welcoming refugee families through our collaboration with JCARR (the Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement). You can join Chevra Hands to make quilts for our newborn members; and you can cook meals with Life is Delicious for those experiencing homelessness.

CMI is truly “More than a place. We’re a community”. Members come together to find inspiration, friendship and solace. People come to be challenged, to learn, to grow and to give back. Here you will find a home where you can add your voice to our individual and collective Jewish identities.

Thank you for considering CMI – you will not be disappointed in your decision to explore all we have to offer. Please contact me with questions at, or our Temple Administrator, Merav Canaan at or 203-288-3877. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.





Sarah B. Greenblatt

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