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Congregation Israel is the center of Springfield, New Jersey's growing Modern Orthodox community. Here, everyone is welcome, and everyone is treated like family. What is more, we offer unparalleled opportunities for religious growth and learning, as well as easy access to important amenities such as yeshiva day schools, mikvaot, kosher restaurants and kosher shopping.

Come visit us for Shabbat and experience the warmth and energy of our community for yourself!

To arrange for home hospitality, please call 973-467-9666

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  • Community Corner

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    September 27, 2016

    September 24, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Sheila and Adam Hanover in honor of Steven Langert's 50th Birthday!

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Jodi and Eitan Rosenberg in honor of their daughter, Eliana's 3rd Birthday, and their son Mikey turning 6 months old!

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

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    October 1, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush, main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    October 1, 5, 22, 29
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    October 1,15, 22
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    October 1,15, 22, 29

  • HELP SUPPORT SAM ALEXANDER WHO IS RAISING FUNDS FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES

    September 23, 2016

    For six days, from September 18-23, Sam Alexander will be riding 424 miles with total accumulated climbs of over 30,000  feet in a special cycling tour of Israel in order to raise funds for and awareness of the Friends of The Israel Defense Forces. The FIDF provides crucial services, programing, and support for wounded, active, and lone soldiers and for bereaved families. To learn more about the tour and the good work of the FIDF and to support me in this endeavor online, please visit Sam's web site:  https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/samuel-alexander
    Sponsorships using a check made out to "Friends of the Israel Defense" Forces with "Sam Alexander - Cycling Mission" in the memo may be given to me in person or mailed to me at 29 Twin Oaks Oval, Springfield, NJ 07081. Thank you for any and every donation and for helping support our young soldiers who have sacrificed so much. Donations will be accepted during and after the ride too!
    Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

  • GIFT OF LIFE - BONE MARROW REGISTRY

    September 23, 2016

    Currently Adam Krief, a 31 year old husband and father of 3 from L.A., is fighting for his life and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Jewish communities all over the country have come together to try to find a donor match to save his life.  Joining the registry is easy and requires a simple swab of the inside of your cheek. Donors should be between the ages of 18-45 and in general good health. It takes less than 5 minutes to register. Swab a cheek and save a life!

    Please go to 
    www.giftoflife.org/Hope4Adam to order a kit to your home. It's simple, fast and easy, and can save someone's life.

  • HIGH HOLIDAY BABYSITTING REGISTRATION

    September 23, 2016
    You may register for babysitting by clicking here or by signing up when you pick up your High Holiday seat tickets. Please include the name(s) of your child(ren) and the sessions they will attend. Cost is $1 per session per child. (5 sessions = $5.) Make checks payable to Congregation Israel of Springfield,  memo Holiday babysitting. Light lunch and snack are included. For more information, email andrew.nusbaum@gmail.com. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

    The high holiday babysitters need our support. Please consider volunteering some of your time on Yom Tov to support and help supervise the babysitters. We are also requesting donations of gently used toys and games for ages 12 months to 8 years to enjoy during babysitting. Please speak to Andrew Nusbaum or Aryeh Czarka about volunteering or to make a donation. Thank you!
  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    September 23, 2016

    We are looking for volunteers to say tehillim from home on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or windeast@comcast.net.

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SHUL SECURITY

    September 23, 2016

    Please be advised that the double doors in the social hall leading to the parking lot may NOT be used as an entrance or an exit from the building. They are for emergency use only. Please enter/exit the shul using the main door or the keypad door at all times.  We thank you for your cooperation. The shul will be closed from 11 pm - 5:15 am every day.  No one is allowed to enter or exit the building during these hours. The alarm will be activated if any exterior door is opened or closed, and the police will be notified.

    Double parking is prohibited in our parking lot at all times.  If there is not a spot available, please leave your car at home.

    * REMINDER:  The Mountain Avenue entrance to the shul parking lot is ONE WAY only.

    For all security concerns, please contact Cheryl Becker or a member of the security committee.

  • Monday, Oct. 10th, 8:30 pm, Benaroya Sephardic Center/Chetrit Sanctuary of Congregation Ahavath Torah, 240 Broad Ave.,Engelwood,NJ: RABBI ELI MANSOUR GUEST SPEAKER

    September 23, 2016

    This lecture will be given in memory of Dr. Robin Goldman, a"h.

  • DONATIONS FOR OUR CHAYALIM

    September 23, 2016
    Pearla Lulinski Weisman is collecting travel-size supplies ie toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, etc. and new, unopened packages of underware and socks for the Israeli soldiers. Items can be dropped off in front of her door at 8 Norwood Road, Springfield. Thank you for your kind donations to our Israeli chayalim and Packages from Home.



  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    September 23, 2016

    If you are interested in hosting prospective community members for Shabbos to sleep over or for meals, please contact Daniella Hoffer daniellahoffer@gmail.com.

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    September 23, 2016

    On either side of the mechitza, if you find a shabbat or weekday siddur,  Ashkenaz or Sephardic,  with torn, damaged or missing pages, please set it aside and after tefillah deliver it to Avi Borenstein for repair. Your assistance in identifying siddurim which have such requirements is greatly needed and appreciated.  If Avi is not in shul, please deliver them to the gabbaim for this purpose.

  • ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: If you have moved homes, changed your primary phone contact, and/or changed your e-mail address, please contact the shul office so that we can update your member listing.

    September 23, 2016
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    September 23, 2016
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    September 23, 2016

    September 12, 2016:  Meijer No Salt Potato Chips Brand: Meijer  Product: No Salt Added Kettle Cooked Potato Chips    Company: Meijer, Grand Rapids MI   Issue: Mislabeled OU

    The Orthodox Union certifies Meijer No Salt Added Kettle Cooked Potato Chips as an OU pareve product, and Meijer Salt & Pepper Potato Chips as an OU D product.  About 280 cases of the Salt & Pepper Potato Chips were packaged in No Salt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips bags that bear a plain OU symbol.  The affected products are 8.5 ounce bag marked with the UPC # 719283595577 and with an expiration date on the package of OCT 31 2016.  Corrective action has been implemented.     

  • PLEASE SUPPORT THESE VENDORS WHO GRACIOUSLY DONATE THEIR SERVICES TO OUR ANNUAL SHUL DINNER. DON'T FORGET TO MENTION CONGREGATION ISRAEL!

    September 23, 2016

    AVENUE FLOWERS & GIFTS
    166 Elmora Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ
    Tel: 908-354-7102

    ALLAN REIDER Studio
    Photography & Video

    2714 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ
    Tel: 908-688-8808

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    September 23, 2016

    The congregation's leadership thanks our members who demonstrated support for Israel by indicating interest in investing in Israel bonds.We urge you to fulfill that purchase and encourage those of you who have not yet invested in an Israel bond to do so.Please contact our NJ Israel Bonds office or go to israelbonds.com.

  • IT'S TIME TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MIKVAH MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016!

    September 23, 2016

    Please send your annual membership check to: Mikvah Yisroel of Springfield, 42 Center Street
    Springfield NJ 07081

    Membership levels are: $1000 donor, $360 premium, $180 regular couple, $100 regular single.  Donations of other amounts are also welcome.


  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD - 42 CENTER STREET

    September 23, 2016

    Women are requested to make appointments 3 days in advance by calling (973) 564-8177. Appointments are available between 7:30-9:30 PM. For Friday night appointments, please call Lea Marcus at (973) 379-2343.

  • Youth Corner

  • October 1st, 1.5 hrs. before Mincha at Bromberg Residence, 345 Mountain Ave.: YLIT CHILL

    September 23, 2016
  • Sunday, Oct. 9th, in Shul: CHALLAH BAKING & SUCCAH DECORATION MAKING

    September 23, 2016

    6:30 AM: YLIT DROPOFF

    10:15 AM KITANIM-CHANICHIM DROPFF

    12:00 PM KETANIM-YLIT PICKUP

  • Shabbos Chol Hamoed, Oct. 22nd: SUCCAH HOP *More details to follow.

    September 23, 2016
  • Monday, Oct. 24th, 4PM, Shul Social Hall: SIMCHAT TORAH MINI HAKAFOT FOR KETANIM & CHAMUDIM- PARENTS ARE WELCOME!

    September 23, 2016
  • Sisterhood Corner

  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    September 23, 2016

    Sisterhood is well into its programing year! The following is the structure for the membership dues for this year. The dues have remained the same as last year, and prompt payment will be greatly appreciated. As in the past, new Shul members receive complimentary Sisterhood membership for the first year.  Under the age of 35: $20.00    Ages 35-64: $36.00     65 and over: $20.00     Patron: $54.00    Sponsor: $72.00

    Please choose the appropriate category and send a check payable to Sisterhood, Congregation Israel. Please mail payments to:  Lori Nusbaum, 567 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.

  • Shul Activities

  • MONTHS OF OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2016 BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    September 23, 2016

    Bulletin Submissions: Please send all bulletin submissions to cis-office@congregationisrael.org by 9:00 AM on Friday morning. To sponsor the bulletin for $120/month ($36/bulletin), please contact Marilyn Bielory at 973-379-4778.

  • Community Corner

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    September 27, 2016

    September 24, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Sheila and Adam Hanover in honor of Steven Langert's 50th Birthday!

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Jodi and Eitan Rosenberg in honor of their daughter, Eliana's 3rd Birthday, and their son Mikey turning 6 months old!

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

    *******************************

    October 1, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush, main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    October 1, 5, 22, 29
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    October 1,15, 22
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    October 1,15, 22, 29

  • HELP SUPPORT SAM ALEXANDER WHO IS RAISING FUNDS FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES

    September 23, 2016

    For six days, from September 18-23, Sam Alexander will be riding 424 miles with total accumulated climbs of over 30,000  feet in a special cycling tour of Israel in order to raise funds for and awareness of the Friends of The Israel Defense Forces. The FIDF provides crucial services, programing, and support for wounded, active, and lone soldiers and for bereaved families. To learn more about the tour and the good work of the FIDF and to support me in this endeavor online, please visit Sam's web site:  https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/samuel-alexander
    Sponsorships using a check made out to "Friends of the Israel Defense" Forces with "Sam Alexander - Cycling Mission" in the memo may be given to me in person or mailed to me at 29 Twin Oaks Oval, Springfield, NJ 07081. Thank you for any and every donation and for helping support our young soldiers who have sacrificed so much. Donations will be accepted during and after the ride too!
    Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

  • GIFT OF LIFE - BONE MARROW REGISTRY

    September 23, 2016

    Currently Adam Krief, a 31 year old husband and father of 3 from L.A., is fighting for his life and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Jewish communities all over the country have come together to try to find a donor match to save his life.  Joining the registry is easy and requires a simple swab of the inside of your cheek. Donors should be between the ages of 18-45 and in general good health. It takes less than 5 minutes to register. Swab a cheek and save a life!

    Please go to 
    www.giftoflife.org/Hope4Adam to order a kit to your home. It's simple, fast and easy, and can save someone's life.

  • HIGH HOLIDAY BABYSITTING REGISTRATION

    September 23, 2016

    You may register for babysitting by clicking here or by signing up when you pick up your High Holiday seat tickets. Please include the name(s) of your child(ren) and the sessions they will attend. Cost is $1 per session per child. (5 sessions = $5.) Make checks payable to Congregation Israel of Springfield,  memo Holiday babysitting. Light lunch and snack are included. For more information, email andrew.nusbaum@gmail.com. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

    The high holiday babysitters need our support. Please consider volunteering some of your time on Yom Tov to support and help supervise the babysitters. We are also requesting donations of gently used toys and games for ages 12 months to 8 years to enjoy during babysitting. Please speak to Andrew Nusbaum or Aryeh Czarka about volunteering or to make a donation. Thank you!
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  • Rabbi's Message

    BSD

    The following Dvar Torah from Rav Mordechai Shifman of Los Angeles, has an important lesson for parents, and an invauable application to our relationship with Hashem.
    Have a great Shabbos and a kesiva v'chasima tova.


    The beginning of this week's parsha is dedicated to the mitzva of "bikkurim". The Torah mandates that the landowner bring an offering comprised of the seven species of produce indigenous to the Land of Israel. The Talmud notes that although a person could discharge his Torah obligation with a minimal amount, such as one grape, one olive or one fig, our Sages decreed that since we are expressing our gratitude to Hashem for His blessings, we should give with greater magnanimity. Why would the Torah require only a negligible amount to express our appreciation? If, in fact, any amount would suffice, why did the Sages require us to give more?

    A problem that often affects the parent-child relationship occurs when a parent who has assisted his child in attaining success in life takes complete credit for all of his child's accomplishments. A parent who pays for his child's schooling or provides the seed money to begin his business can fall prey to feeling that his child does not appreciate everything that he has done for him. The dynamics of this problem stem from the child's feeling controlled by the parent and, in fact, the greater the parent pushes for the child to show appreciation, the more dominated the child will feel. The child will have an aversion to acknowledging the parent's involvement in order to avoid submitting to the parent's control.

    The healthy way for a parent to offer assistance is to allow the child to see that assistance as a gift that enables the child's sense of independence. Once the child has built up his own self-confidence gained through his feelings of accomplishment and independence, he will feel comfortable showing the appropriate gratitude and recognition to his parents.

    The same predicament occurs in our relationship with Hashem. If we are made to feel that He owns us and all of our possessions and continuously seeks our acknowledgment of this fact, we will be unable to express our gratitude for all that He does for us.  Therefore, Hashem only requires that we submit a small token of our produce, for He wants us to feel our independence and recognize our own efforts that have allowed us to reap the fruits of our labor from the land that we own. Once we understand that Hashem does not want to impose His control and ownership upon us, we can fully express our appreciation for all that He does to benefit us. At this point our Sages declare that we should express our appreciation by offering a more magnanimous gift. 

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Sep 28, 2016

25 Elul 5776

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  • Parsha

    Nitzavim

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:21 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:48 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Boys Shiur given by Rabbi Marcus

    4:30 pm

  • Daf Yomi

    5:05 pm

  • Pirkei Avot Shiur

    5:50 pm

  • Mincha

    6:20 pm

  • Havdalah

    7:28 pm

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  • Sunday 9/25
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Special Shiur on Rosh Hashana Machzor (please bring a machzor!)

    9:15 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:30 pm

  • Mon. 9/26
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichos, Monday-Friday

    6:45 am

  • Mincha

    6:30 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Womens Parsha Shiur

    8:00 pm

  • Kol haTorah Kula Chaburah, Monday - Thursday Evenings

    9:45 pm

  • Tues. 9/27
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:05 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:30 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Women's Tehillim

    7:30 pm

  • Halacha Shiur

    8:30 pm

  • Wed. 9/28
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:05 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:30 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Rabbi Kurant's Shiur in Shul

    9:00 pm

  • Thurs. 9/29
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:05 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:30 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Tefillah Shiur in shul

    8:30 pm

  • Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim, Gemara B'Iyun Chaburah in shul

    9:00 pm

  • Friday 9/30
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:05 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:22 pm

  • Mincha

    6:25 pm