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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

  • PLEASE CONTINUE TO DAVEN FOR THOSE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE HAR NOF ATTACK:

    November 21, 2014

    - Shmuel Yerucham ben Baila
    - Chaim Yechiel ben Malka
    - Eitan ben Sarah
    - Yitzchak ben Chaya
    - Aryeh ben Beracha

  • CIS WELCOMES SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RAV JUDAH MISCHEL, THE HEAD OF CAMP HASC, THIS SHABBOS PARSHAS TOLDOS, NOVEMBER 21-22, 2014

    November 21, 2014

    Rav Judah will be speaking at the following times:

    Friday Evening: between Kabbalas Shabbos and Maariv

    Shabbos Morning: Parsha Shiur before 8:45 minyan, topic " Yaakov & Eisav, Jekyll & Hyde"

    Shabbos Day: Drasha at 8:45 minyanim, topic "Eyes To See: The Lens of Our Avos"

    Shabbos Afternoon: Before mincha, topic " Avraham's Well: Finding our Personal Path to God"

    Shalosh Seudos

    Thank you to the Hoffer Family for sponsoring the Scholar-in-Residence. The learning will be in memory of Chaim ben shmuel, Chayka bas Dov Behr, and Harav Zalman Yosef ben Aryeh Leib.



  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    November 21, 2014

    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.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    November 21, 2014

    November 22, 2014

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Howard Gluckman commemorating the yahrtzeit of his father, Yisrael ben Shmuel.

    The main kiddush is sponsored by Bobbi and Mel Ostrow in honor of their children and grandchildren.

    Shalosh Seudos sponsored by Bruce Francis, commemorating yahrtzeit of his father, Yosef ben Yirachmiel, and commemorating the yahrtzeit of his daughter, Netzana Ahuva bat Baruch Hirsh.

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    November 29, 2014
    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by the Tammam family.

    Main kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush December 6,  13,  20,  27
    Main Kiddush November   29         December 6,  13,  20,  27
    Shalosh Seudos Novermber  29         December 13,  20

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    November 21, 2014

     November 20, 2014: Kosher Alert Divine Chocolate

    Brand: Divine
    Product: 70% Dark Chocolate
    Company: Divine Chocolate Inc., Washington DC
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Coins are certified by the Orthodox Union as OU D – Dairy products.  Some labels mistakenly have an ‘OU DE ‘ (Dairy Equipment) designation.  While the ingredient statement does not list any dairy ingredient, the Orthodox Union does not guaranty the halakhik ‘dairy equipment’ status of this product.  The Orthodox Union does not currently certify products with a DE designation except for certain infant formulas.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

    November 19, 2014: Kosher Alert Streit’s Chocolate Coins

    Brand: Streit's
    Product: Kids Dark Chocolate Coins and Kids Milk Chocolate Coins
    Company: Aron Streit Inc. New York, NY
    Issue: Unauthorized OU

    The Orthodox Union does not certify Streit's Chocolate Coins (made in Turkey) and considers them as Non-Kosher products.  Further, the unauthorized OU mark on the Dark Chocolate Coins should not be relied on to assume they are dairy free.  Corrective measures are being implemented.

    Kosher Alert Cedrinca

    Brand: Cedrinca
    Product: ChocoMint Candy
    Company: Cedrinca, Polpenazze del Garda Italy
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Symbol

    Cedrinca candies with the OU or OU D symbol are certified by the Orthodox Union.   Cedrina ChocoMint candies contain dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredient statement.  Some ChocoMint packaging was mistakenly labeled with a plain OU symbol, without the D -Dairy symbol.  Corrective measures have been implemented.  Please note that Cedrina candies without the OU symbol are not certified by the Orthodox Union.

  • Sunday, November 23rd, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union, NJ 07083: THE JEWISH FAIR, ARTS FESTIVAL & CARNIVAL

    November 21, 2014

    For more information, call (908) 289-8112 or visit www.uniony.org

  • Sunday, December 7th, 10:00 am, home of Daniella Hoffer, 183 Milltown Rd.: BLADDER BOOT CAMP FOR WOMEN

    November 21, 2014

    RSVP by December 3rd, to Danielle Pepper (201) 563-2738, or to Rachel Beer (973) 376-6435. Please be sure to wear leggings/comfortable pants and bring a towel or yoga mat along with you.

  • SHABBOS December 12-13, 2014: YACHAD SHABBATON AT CIS!

    November 21, 2014
  • 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.

    November 21, 2014
  • Wednesday, December 17th, 7:00 pm, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ: JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT- NIGHT WITH THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS!

    November 21, 2014

    More info. to follow.

  • Sunday, December 14th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 110 S. Orange Ave.,Livingston, NJ: JOSEPH KUSHNER HEBREW ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE FAMILY FUN DAY!

    November 21, 2014

    Breakfast and Lunch Served - Register at www.jkha.org/jkhaopenhouse or contact Shawn Tarzik at starzik@jkha.org or 862-837-8064.

  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 26-27, 2014: SHABBATON AT CIS!

    November 21, 2014

    SAVE THE DATE for a magical Shabbat with the Traveling Chassidim - December 26-27, 2014, including Carlebach style Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday night dinner with zemirot, Kumzits and Melave Malka. If you have any questions or would like to help organize this community-wide Shabbat please e-mail anya@bitansky.com or craig.weinstein@gmail.com.

  • JOSEPH TAMMAM Z"L SCHOLARSHIP FUND- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS- DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 9, 2015

    November 21, 2014

    The Joseph Tammam Memorial Youth Award Committee is accepting applications from interested high school seniors. Applicants should write a one page essay describing his or her community involvement and volunteerism at Congregation Israel of Springfield and beyond. Please make sure your application is submitted to the shul office by January 9, 2015. The award will be given at the Congregation Israel of Springfield Annual Dinner.

  • SHUL COATROOM: Please remember to remove all personal items from the coatroom. Any items left in the coatroom will be discarded if they are not removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

    November 21, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    November 21, 2014
  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    November 21, 2014

    The congregation's leadership thanks our members who demonstrated support for Israel by indicating interest in investing in Israel bonds during this year's HHD Appeal, and during Operation Pillar of Defense. We urge you to fulfill that purchase and encourage those of you who have not yet invested in an Israel bond to do so. The appeal will not be complete until we reach 100 percent participation. Please contact our NJ Israel Bonds office or go to israelbonds.com.

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

    November 21, 2014

    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

  • COME BY WITH YOUR FAMILY AND HELP SUPPORT OUR LOCAL KOSHER VENDORS!

    November 21, 2014

    Tokyo Hibachi: 238 Morris Avenue, a kosher Japanese-Chinese restaurant is under the supervision of the Vaad of MetroWest. They have a new expanded Chinese and Healthy Options menu.

    Jerusalem Restaurant: 99 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 973-533-1424, under the supervision of the VAAD of Metrowest- Come enjoy the full line of Israeli foods, sushi, Italian foods, pizzas, fishes, etc.

    The Orchid: 455 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ For more info, www.theorchidkosher.com

    Kosher Bagels Supreme: 252 Mountain Avenue is under the supervision of Rabbi Chaim Marcus.

  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD - 42 CENTER STREET

    November 21, 2014

    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

  • THIS MONTH'S THEME IS SHUL APPRECIATION MONTH!

    November 21, 2014

    Our activities will include doing things that show how much we appreciate our shul and the people in it.

  • Sunday, November 9th, 10:30 am: CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6) We will be making candygrams to give out to friends.

    November 21, 2014


  • Saturday Night, November, 22nd: SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING BEGINS

    November 21, 2014

    We are so excited for the learning this year and cannot wait to get started. Sponserships  are available for learning. Please contact Taco or Rifka to discuss details.

  • Sunday, December 21st, shul social hall: CHANUKAH CHAGIGA APPROACHING:

    November 21, 2014

    Our Chanukah Chagiga is coming up, and save the date for December 21st at 1:30 P.M. We will be having our 2nd annual Latke Cook off. If you are interested in participating, please contact Taco or Rifka.

  • Sunday, October 19th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am: CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT (Ages 7-12) TORAH BOWL

    November 21, 2014
  • Sisterhood Corner

  • Tuesday, December 2nd, 7:00 pm, Shul Social Hall: Hanukah Cookin Demo presented by Mindy Rafalowitz

    November 21, 2014

    Cost is $10.00 per person, RSVP by November 26th, to Danielle Pepper (201) 563-2738, or to Rachel Beer at (973) 376-6435.

  • SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING: WEDNESDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 7, 2015, 8:00 PM IN SHUL.

    November 21, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    November 21, 2014

    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.

  • SISTERHOOD TRIBUTE CARDS

    November 21, 2014

    Sisterhood has tribute cards. All Purpose and Memorial Cards Available - 5 for $10 or 10 for $18 Contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or windeast@comcast.net

  • Shul Activities

  • NOVEMBER BULLETIN SPONSORED BY SHERRY AND HENRY STEIN IN OBSERVANCE OF THE YAHRZEIT OF SHERRY'S FATHER, DR. MORRIS EPSTEIN Z"L.

    November 21, 2014

    JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2015 BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

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

  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    November 21, 2014

    *** Please be aware that no unauthorized persons should be entering the shul kitchen's at any time. Please understand that this is to maintain the kashrut standards of our shul. If you need something from the kitchen, please ask the Rabbi or Natalie. Do not enter the kitchen yourself. Thank you for your help in maintaining the kashrut of our shul. ***

  • Community Corner

  • PLEASE CONTINUE TO DAVEN FOR THOSE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE HAR NOF ATTACK:

    November 21, 2014

    - Shmuel Yerucham ben Baila
    - Chaim Yechiel ben Malka
    - Eitan ben Sarah
    - Yitzchak ben Chaya
    - Aryeh ben Beracha

  • CIS WELCOMES SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RAV JUDAH MISCHEL, THE HEAD OF CAMP HASC, THIS SHABBOS PARSHAS TOLDOS, NOVEMBER 21-22, 2014

    November 21, 2014

    Rav Judah will be speaking at the following times:

    Friday Evening: between Kabbalas Shabbos and Maariv

    Shabbos Morning: Parsha Shiur before 8:45 minyan, topic " Yaakov & Eisav, Jekyll & Hyde"

    Shabbos Day: Drasha at 8:45 minyanim, topic "Eyes To See: The Lens of Our Avos"

    Shabbos Afternoon: Before mincha, topic " Avraham's Well: Finding our Personal Path to God"

    Shalosh Seudos

    Thank you to the Hoffer Family for sponsoring the Scholar-in-Residence. The learning will be in memory of Chaim ben shmuel, Chayka bas Dov Behr, and Harav Zalman Yosef ben Aryeh Leib.



  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    November 21, 2014

    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.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    November 21, 2014

    November 22, 2014

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Howard Gluckman commemorating the yahrtzeit of his father, Yisrael ben Shmuel.

    The main kiddush is sponsored by Bobbi and Mel Ostrow in honor of their children and grandchildren.

    Shalosh Seudos sponsored by Bruce Francis, commemorating yahrtzeit of his father, Yosef ben Yirachmiel, and commemorating the yahrtzeit of his daughter, Netzana Ahuva bat Baruch Hirsh.

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    November 29, 2014
    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by the Tammam family.

    Main kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush December 6,  13,  20,  27
    Main Kiddush November   29         December 6,  13,  20,  27
    Shalosh Seudos Novermber  29         December 13,  20

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS"D

    The widows of the four Har Nof synagogue terror attack victims issued a letter calling for the coming Shabbos as a day of Ahavas Chinam (loving others freely without judgement). I urge everyone to take this letter seriously and commit to doing what they request.

    Below is a translation of the original letter which was in Hebrew:

    With tears and broken hearts from the blood that has been spilled, the blood of the sanctified ones, our husbands, the heads of our homes:

    We turn to our brothers and sisters, everyone from the House of Israel, wherever they may be. Let us all come together to increase the Heavenly Mercy shown to us! Let us all accept upon ourselves that we will increase unity, love and brotherhood – between each person and his fellow, between community and community, between major group and major group.

    Our request is that every individual should see to it to accept upon himself on Erev Shabbos Parshas Toldos, to sanctify this coming Shabbos as a day of ahavas chinam. It should be a day that we express love for one another, and refrain from all kinds of divisive conversation, criticizing others, lashon hora, and rechilus.

    By doing so it will be a great merit for the souls of our husbands, slaughtered for the sake of G-d's name.

    May Hashem look from above, see our affliction, wipe away our tears, and say, “Enough!” to our sorrow.

    May we merit to see the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily in our days – Amen, Amen.

    Signed with a broken and crushed heart:
    Chayah Levine and family
    Breina Goldberg and family
    Yaakovah Kupinsky and family
    Bashi Twersky and family

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Nov 23, 2014

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  • Parsha

    Vayetzei

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:14 pm

  • Mincha

    4:20 pm

  • Tisch at the home of Miryam & Josh Smilow, 57 Redwood Rd.

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 8:45 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:25 am

  • Shema

    9:17 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    3:10 pm

  • Shiur

    3:35 pm

  • "Avraham's Well: Finding our Personal Path to God"

  • Mincha

    4:05 pm

  • Havdalah

    5:22 pm

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  • Sunday 11/23 Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm

  • Mon.11/24
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:20 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Daf Yomi during the weeknights is 8:30 pm.

  • Women's Tehillim, Mon. Evening

    7:15 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 11/25 & Wed. 11/26
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:20 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Thurs. 11/27 Thanksgiving
  • Shacharis

    TBA & 8:00 am

  • Mincha

    4:20 pm, No Late Maariv

  • Night Seder- Mon. thru Thurs.

    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Friday 11/28
  • Shacharis

    TBD & 8:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:13 pm

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm