Professional Staff

Rabbi Brian P. Immerman

Rabbi Immerman joined Congregation Mishkan Israel in 2018, after serving as Assistant Rabbi and then Associate Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO. Rabbi Immerman grew up in Shaker Heights, OH where his family belonged to The Temple Tifereth Israel. He spent many summers at Goldman Union Camp Institute and worked as the program associate in the Youth Division of the Union for Reform Judaism in New York City prior to attending rabbinical school.
Rabbi Immerman received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester in 2004, where he was also captain of the swim team. He attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) from 2007 – 2012 where he received his masters in Hebrew literature and rabbinical ordination at HUC-JIR’s New York City campus. While at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Immerman was a Shusterman Rabbinic Fellow, a joint collaboration between HUC-JIR and the Jewish Theological Seminary intended to foster innovation and vision in congregational rabbis.
In Denver, Rabbi Immerman served on the board of the Jewish Community Center and was active in Together Colorado’s Interfaith Clergy Network. He also served on Hazon’s Denver Advisory board. Rabbi Immerman completed the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Fellowship program in 2014 through the Religious Action Center to further his social justice advocacy work.
Rabbi Immerman brings a passion for the outdoors and social justice and strives to help people create more meaning in their lives through Jewish tradition and values. He resides in Hamden with his wife Jenny and daughter Maggie.

Rabbi Emeritus 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.”

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To contact Rabbi Emeritus Brockman, e-mail or call (203) 288-3877 x 243.

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.

Temple Administrator, Merav Canaan

Merav was born in Haifa, and is a fourth generation Israeli. She graduated from Hebrew University with a teaching degree in science. Merav and her husband came to the United States in 1998 where her two youngest children were born. Having worked at the Jewish Community Center, she came to work at CMI in 2014 and became a US Citizen in 2016.
First working in our office she soon rose to office manager and then Temple Administrator in 2016. She brings enormous personal as well as professional skills.

To contact Temple Administrator Merav, 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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