Congregation Mishkan Israel
Congregation Mishkan Israel, in Hamden, Connecticut, founded in 1840 and incorporated in 1843, the year the Connecticut legislature first permitted non-Christian organizations to incorporate in the state, is one of the two oldest Jewish congregations in Connecticut.
The congregation was established by Jews from Bavaria. It became a Reform synagogue as early as 1856. Also in 1856 the congregation purchased the former Third Congregation Church, a Greek revival building on Court Street between State and Orange Street.
The 1897 building, 55 Audubon Street on the corner of Orange Street in New Haven is now used as a performing arts space for ACES Educational Center for the Arts, a performing arts high school. It is a contributing building in the Orange Street Historic District. The architects were Arnold W. Brunner and Thomas Tryon.
The current Rabbi at Mishkan Israel is Herbert Brockman. The current Cantor is Arthur Giglio. The late peace activist Bruce M. Cohen served as rabbi of Mishkan Israel prior to founding Interns for Peace.
The Mishkan Israel cemetery was created in 1843.
- Olitzky, Kerry M.; Raphael, Marc Lee. The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook, Greenwood Press, June 30, 1996, pp. 76-80.
- New Haven Preservation District, Orange Street Historic District
- Hevesi, Dennis. "Rabbi Bruce M. Cohen, Is Dead at 65; Worked to Promote Peace", The New York Times, August 8, 2010. Accessed August 9, 2010.