President’s Message

Welcome to Congregation Mishkan Israel,

As the President of Congregation Mishkan Israel (CMI), I am extremely pleased to know that you are considering membership in CMI.

My family and I have been members of CMI since 1983. My children attended the religious school, celebrated their becoming B’nei Mitzvah and confirmands here. We have celebrated weddings and sat Shiva with many of our congregational friends and family. My wife and I now have the privilege of watching two of our grandchildren grow up in this congregation. CMI is a wonderful place. It is so easy to be a part of our community – you will find the level of involvement that is right for you. You can come to pray, to learn, to educate your children, to share your interests and talents, to share your joys and sorrows, and to help others. Come to Shabbat Services and add your voice in prayer. Enjoy the music or participate in the CMI Chorale. Bring your children to religious school and enjoy a cup of coffee at the Brotherhood of Men and Women’s coffee shop. Send your children to Mishkan Israel Nursery School and attend a Tot Shabbat. Grab your rake and join the gardeners working in our Peah Garden. Join Chevra Hands in making quilts for our newborn members. Put on an apron and cook with Life Is Delicious. The opportunities to participate are many and varied – all that is missing is you.

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 and to grow. 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 join us. Please feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at 203-848-9540 or our Executive Director at or 203-288-3877.

I look forward to welcoming you into our community.

Alan Lakin

Comments are closed.