Professional Staff

Rabbi Herbert N. Brockman

Herbert N. Brockman is a seventh-generation rabbi. Raised in a richly Orthodox home, he chose the liberal tradition of Reform Judaism. After graduating from Ohio University, Rabbi Brockman attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati where he received both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Hebrew Letters. He received his Ph.D. from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University of Baltimore. Upon completion of 25 years in the rabbinate, Rabbi Brockman was awarded the Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. He also is certified in divorce mediation.

Rabbi Brockman teaches and engages in community projects, and has been at the forefront of interfaith and justice work, not only in New Haven, but also nationally and internationally. He serves on the board of Interfaith Cooperative Ministeries and Hartford Seminary, and teaches at Yale Divinity School. He has been described as a champion of compassion and justice. Rabbi Brockman describes the synagogue as being a spiritual home as well as a place where individuals can learn about and gain an appreciation of other peoples, cultures and traditions. He views involvement in the community as central to the synagogue’s mission. “A Temple exists to serve its members, first of all, but it should be a light to the community as well.”

To read Rabbi’s welcoming letter, click here.
To read messages from the Rabbi, click here.

To contact Rabbi Brockman, e-mail or call (203) 288-3877 x 236.

Cantor Arthur Giglio

Cantor Arthur Giglio is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) with a Master of Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan. He also holds a Bachelor in Voice and a Master in Music Education from Manhattan School of Music. Prior to coming to CMI, Cantor Giglio served as Interim Cantor at the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, High Holiday Hazzan at Heichal Baoranim in Flagstaff, AZ and Temple Beth Israel at Plattsburgh, NY, and Assistant Cantor/Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Emanu-el of the City of New York.

To contact Cantor Giglio, e-mail or call (203) 288-3877 x 244.

Interim Executive Director, Joel Elliot

Joel Elliot assumed the role of Interim Executive Director in February 2016. As interim director, he supports clergy, staff and the Board in the sacred work of Mishkan Israel. Recently, he completed an 8 1/2 year term as Executive Director of Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York, where he and his family have been members since 1983. Prior to his service as Executive Director, Joel fully participated in congregational life, teaching in the religious school, advising the high school youth group, volunteering for social action projects and singing in the volunteer choir. Joel’s volunteer interests include supportive housing efforts and legislative advocacy in areas that portray Reform Jewish values.

Originally from Chicago, Joel had stints in management at AAA (American Automobile Association) and financial resource development at Rochester’s Jewish Federation. His wife, Lisa is a research scientist at the Rochester Institute of Technology. They have an adult son, Sam, who works for a Rochester architects office.

To contact Interim Executive Director Joel, e-mail or call (203) 288-3877 x 241.

Religious School Director, Michelle Goldstein

Michelle Goldstein earned a BA in English and a BS in Elementary/Special Education from the University of Hartford and a Masters of Education from the University of Phoenix. In addition to being CMI’s Religious School Director, she is a special ed teacher in a local school system. She has been a program director at several summer camps, a youth group advisor, and long time teacher in CMI’s Religious School. Michelle’s love of children and youth of all ages is a lifelong passion. Her energy, enthusiasm, creativity and love of Judaism can be seen in all her work. She is proud to be a child of the Congregation and transmit that same pride to children and adults alike.

To contact Michelle, e-mail or call (203) 288-3877 x 237.

Early Childhood Director, Susan Witten Nason

Susan Perry Nason, a Connecticut native, earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Miami. Prior to joining the CMI family, she was the Preschool Program Coordinator at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Houston, Texas. She has also worked as the Assistant Director of the Religious School at Congregation Beth Israel, Program Coordinator for Southwest Human Development Services, Hebrew Studies Coordinator at Congregation Beth Israel, and Lead Preschool Teacher at the West Houston Jewish Community Center. Her commitment to Jewish programming and her dedication to children and families is evident in all of her work.

To contact Susan, e-mail or call (203) 288-2375.

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