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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

  • BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE 5775- DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORM WITH PAYMENT IS SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

    September 19, 2014

    This year we will again be publishing a Book of Remembrance to remember and memorialize our departed loved ones on the High Holidays. Please help us sustain this tradition by purchasing a memorial in the 5775 edition (2014-2015), which will be published shortly before Rosh Hashanah:
    - You may remember your loved one with a full-page, half page and quarter page memorials. Also available are inside and rear cover pages.
    - For a contribution of $50, you can include up to five names of your loved ones in the book’s memorial listings. Each additional listing cost $5 per name.
    All memorial page submissions with payment in full must be received by Friday, September 19, 2014 to be included in this year’s book. Forms can be downloaded from the shul website located in the important documents and resources section. Forms will also be available in the shul lobby for your convenience.

  • 12TH ANNUAL HIGH HOLIDAY KIBBUDIM AUCTION

    September 19, 2014

    Join in the fun of bidding on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah Honors for yourself, relatives, friends or guests.  Many of the successful bids are at reasonable prices, so don’t count yourself out.  Aliyahs, Maftirs, Maftir Yonah, Haggbahs, Gelilahs, Ark Openings, Kol Nidre Torahs, Yizkor Torahs and Neilah – all will be auctioned – as well as Ata Hareisa for Simchat Torah!  

    Come bid, enjoy refreshments and help support a key fundraiser for our Shul.

     Saturday Evening, September 20, 2014

    Motzei Shabbat–S’lichot Night in Shul Social Hall

    Bidding begins at 10:30 p.m. before S’lichot Program

     * *  Can’t make it?  Provide silent bids in advance to Auction Co-chairs * *

    For more information or placing silent bids, please call the Shul Office at 973-467-9666

    or send email to Adam.Hanover@CohnReznickcom

    L’Shana Tova !

    Sam Alexander and Harry Czinn

    2014 High Holiday Auction Co-chairs

  • 5775/2014 LAST DAY FOR HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014, FROM 10 AM - 1 PM

    September 19, 2014

    The High Holiday Ticket Order Form will be required for you to complete and bring with you for any additional seats you might be purchasing beyond those included with your membership.

    If you are not requesting seating changes and not purchasing additional seats for relatives and guests, please contact the office directly at 973-467-9666 or email at cis-office@congregationisrael.org, and your tickets will be mailed to you. Please inform the office if you will be attending services for both or one of the holidays. Please come no later than 15 minutes before the closing time to buy tickets. After 1:00 PM, Sunday, September 21st, the Seating Committee will be unable to hold your seats.

  • MIKVAH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND MIKVAH HOURS FOR MEN

    September 19, 2014

    The Mikvah needs volunteers to oversee the Men's usage on Erev Rosh Hashana and Erev Yom Kippur. 1 hour slots are available. Please speak to the Rabbi.

    Mikvah hours for Men on Erev Rosh Hashana: 9am - 1pm. From 1 - 5:30 pm the Mikvah will not be available. If you want to use it after 5:30 pm, please speak to the Rabbi.

    PLEASE remember to shower at home before coming to use the Mikvah, and PLEASE remember to bring your own towel.

  • ROSH HASHANA - BLOWING OF THE SHOFAR

    September 19, 2014

    If you, or anyone you know, is unable to come to shul on Rosh Hashana, and would like to have someone visit to blow Shofar for you or them, please contact the Rabbi as soon as possible. We will try to make arrangements.

  • YU'S COMMUNITY BEIT MEDRASH- FALL 2014

    September 19, 2014

    YU is proud to announce an exciting semester of Community Beit Midrash. This 6-week program will take place at the Yeshiva University Museum (15 West 16th Street) on Wednesdays, October 29 - December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sessions will feature Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University and Dr. Jacob Wisse, Director of Yeshiva University Museum and Associate Professor of Art History, Stern College for Women who will co-present on the topic of: “The Image and the Idea: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Art History and Jewish Thought.”

    For more information and to register for the courses, please visit http://www.yu.edu/beitmidrash.

  • KIDDUSHIM

    September 19, 2014

    Planning a shul or community event? Please note, all shul functions need to be approved and added to the shul calendar to ensure  there are no date conflicts. In addition, any community events submitted for the bulletin need calendar approval. All calendar related items should be forwarded to  Anya Bitansky at anya@bitansky.com

    September 20, 2014

    The early minyan kiddush, main kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored this week.

    Early Minyan Kiddush

    Available Dates:   October 18,  25          November  8,  15,  22,  29

    Main Kiddush

    Available Dates:   October 11,  18,  25    November  8,  22,  29

    Shalosh SeudosAvailable Dates:    October 11,  18          November  8,  15,  22,  29

  • 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 19, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    September 19, 2014
  • SAVE THE DATE: SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RAV JUDAH MISCHEL, THE HEAD OF CAMP HASC, SHABBOS OF NOVEMBER 22ND

    September 19, 2014
  • KASHRUT ALERT, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:

    September 19, 2014

    Kosher Alert: Marlow Ju Ju Fish   Brand: Marlow   Product:Mini Red Ju Ju Fish   Company: Marlow Candy Englewood, NJ   Issue: Unauthorized OU

    Marlow Mini Red Ju Ju Fish are not certified by the Orthodox Union. Some packages were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective measures have been implemented.

    Kosher Alert: Green Juice Market
    Company: Green Juice Market Miami Beach, FL
    Issue: Green Juice Market, located at 509 West 41 Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) Miami Beach, Florida, printed menus with an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify Green Juice Market. Corrective measures have been implemented.

  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, 8PM AT CIS: MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD RAFFLE AND CAFE NIGHT HONORING NORMAN AND PEARLA WEISMAN

    September 19, 2014

    $30 per ticket, or 4 tickets for $100. One ticket entitles entry for one to event.

    EXCITING NEW RAFFLE PRIZES!!!
    Grand Prize: $2,000 Travel Voucher!
    1st Prize: Beautiful white gold/diamond pendant!
    2nd Prize: Dinner for two at ETC. Steakhouse
    3rd Prize: Feldheim children's book package
    4th Prize: Target gift card

    Please support this cornerstone to our growing community!

  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD- 42 CENTER STREET

    September 19, 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.


  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    September 19, 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!

    September 19, 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!

    September 19, 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.

  • Youth Corner

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS BABYSITTING

    September 19, 2014
    Rosh Hashana
    Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Yom Kippur
    Friday, October, 3, 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Shabbos, October 4, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Shabbos, October 4, 2014, 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Babysitting is for children ages 12 months to 10 years as appropriate. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Outside food is not permitted in babysitting. Please encourage your children to cooperate with the babysitters. We ask that only children and our carefully selected babysitters remain in the babysitting rooms. We also ask that parents collect their children immediately following services. Please contact Andrew Nusbaum at CISYouthChair@gmail.com if you have any questions.

  • THIS MONTH'S THEME IS CREATION! LOOKING FORWARD TO AN AMAZING MONTH!

    September 19, 2014
  • Sunday, August 17th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom: CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6) CREATING WIND CHIMES

    September 19, 2014


  • Sunday, September 14th, 10:30 am: CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT (Ages 7-12) HIKE IN WATCHUNG RESERVATION

    September 19, 2014

    Our Chanichim and Chanichot are gearing up for an incredible hike this coming Sunday at the Watchung Reservation. The hike will be led by world renown nature expert, Dr. Lenny Bielory. A few things people should know before coming on the hike.

    We will be meeting in two places. If someone needs a ride, please arrive at the shul no later than 10:00 A.M. where we will have people giving rides to the hike.

    For those parents that would like to join their kids on the hike, we will be meeting at the parking lot next to the Trailside Nature and Science Center. at 10:30 A.M.

    A few important announcements regarding the hike.

    Everyone joining the hike must wear closed toe shoes, long socks and long pants. Everyone must also bring a water bottle. The hike will last for about 1.5 hours and will finish at the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

    We are very excited for this amazing opportunity!


  • Sunday, September 21st, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: APPLE PICKING AT WIGHTMAN'S FARM!

    September 19, 2014

    Wightman's Farm, 1111 Mt Kemble Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
    We will be picking apples between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm. Anyone that would like to buy a basket of apples for friends or family, cost is $18 a basket. Any questions please email Taco or Rifka at ty.miretzky@gmail.com.

  • Sisterhood Corner

  • SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING: WEDNESDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 29, 2014, 8:00 PM IN SHUL.

    September 18, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    September 19, 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

    September 19, 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

  • SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    September 19, 2014

    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.

  • BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 19, 2014, 8:15 PM, SHUL SOCIAL HALL

    September 19, 2014
  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    September 19, 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

  • BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE 5775- DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORM WITH PAYMENT IS SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

    September 19, 2014

    This year we will again be publishing a Book of Remembrance to remember and memorialize our departed loved ones on the High Holidays. Please help us sustain this tradition by purchasing a memorial in the 5775 edition (2014-2015), which will be published shortly before Rosh Hashanah:
    - You may remember your loved one with a full-page, half page and quarter page memorials. Also available are inside and rear cover pages.
    - For a contribution of $50, you can include up to five names of your loved ones in the book’s memorial listings. Each additional listing cost $5 per name.
    All memorial page submissions with payment in full must be received by Friday, September 19, 2014 to be included in this year’s book. Forms can be downloaded from the shul website located in the important documents and resources section. Forms will also be available in the shul lobby for your convenience.

  • 12TH ANNUAL HIGH HOLIDAY KIBBUDIM AUCTION

    September 19, 2014

    Join in the fun of bidding on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah Honors for yourself, relatives, friends or guests.  Many of the successful bids are at reasonable prices, so don’t count yourself out.  Aliyahs, Maftirs, Maftir Yonah, Haggbahs, Gelilahs, Ark Openings, Kol Nidre Torahs, Yizkor Torahs and Neilah – all will be auctioned – as well as Ata Hareisa for Simchat Torah!  

    Come bid, enjoy refreshments and help support a key fundraiser for our Shul.

     Saturday Evening, September 20, 2014

    Motzei Shabbat–S’lichot Night in Shul Social Hall

    Bidding begins at 10:30 p.m. before S’lichot Program

     * *  Can’t make it?  Provide silent bids in advance to Auction Co-chairs * *

    For more information or placing silent bids, please call the Shul Office at 973-467-9666

    or send email to Adam.Hanover@CohnReznickcom

    L’Shana Tova !

    Sam Alexander and Harry Czinn

    2014 High Holiday Auction Co-chairs

  • 5775/2014 LAST DAY FOR HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014, FROM 10 AM - 1 PM

    September 19, 2014

    The High Holiday Ticket Order Form will be required for you to complete and bring with you for any additional seats you might be purchasing beyond those included with your membership.

    If you are not requesting seating changes and not purchasing additional seats for relatives and guests, please contact the office directly at 973-467-9666 or email at cis-office@congregationisrael.org, and your tickets will be mailed to you. Please inform the office if you will be attending services for both or one of the holidays. Please come no later than 15 minutes before the closing time to buy tickets. After 1:00 PM, Sunday, September 21st, the Seating Committee will be unable to hold your seats.

  • MIKVAH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND MIKVAH HOURS FOR MEN

    September 19, 2014

    The Mikvah needs volunteers to oversee the Men's usage on Erev Rosh Hashana and Erev Yom Kippur. 1 hour slots are available. Please speak to the Rabbi.

    Mikvah hours for Men on Erev Rosh Hashana: 9am - 1pm. From 1 - 5:30 pm the Mikvah will not be available. If you want to use it after 5:30 pm, please speak to the Rabbi.

    PLEASE remember to shower at home before coming to use the Mikvah, and PLEASE remember to bring your own towel.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    The primary, and unique, observance of Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the shofar. There are various reasons offered as to the meaning and message of this mitzvah. Perhaps most famously, Rambam suggests that the shofar is an alarm clock of sorts, waking us from the spiritual slumber that we fall into during the year. Another explanation is that the shofar we blow on Rosh Hashanah is supposed to recall another time when the shofar was sounded: as we stood around Har Sinai awaiting the giving of the Torah.

    Why do we want to remember the giving of the Torah on Rosh Hashanah? Many propose, in line with Rambam’s meaning of shofar, that when we are awoken from the spiritual slumber and apathy generated by our travels through the year, we need to be reminded for what we are waking up. The shofar’s blasts guide us back to the foot of Sinai, when the rendezvous with the Almighty gave us our national directives and aspirations.

    I would like to suggest another possibility as to why it’s so vital to remember the Sinai experience on Rosh Hashanah. Our Sages teach us that at the foot of Har Sinai something truly amazing happened. The Jewish People were united as one. “K’ish echad b’lev echad – As one person with one heart.” Maybe as we approach G-d in judgment on Rosh Hashanah we have to focus on the source of our greatest merit: Jewish Unity.

    Good Shabbos and Shanah tovah to all!!  

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    Halacha of the Week

    BS”D

    A fundamental difference between Yom Tov observance and Shabbos observance is the allowance of ochel nefesh, food preparation on Yom Tov. "Ach Asher Yei'achel L'Chol Nefesh Hu Levado Yei'aseh Lachem... The Torah permits us to cook, bake, and prepare food on Yom Tov proper, in order to eat the prepared food on that day of Yom Tov. One is not permitted to prepare from one day of Yom Tov for the second day of Yom Tov or for after Yom Tov. This prohibition of hachana, of preparing from one day of Yom Tov to the next, presents a problem when the second day of Yom Tov falls out on Shabbos or when Shabbos follows a two day sequence of Yomim Tovim. Can one halachically prepare food on Yom Tov for the Shabbos Yom Tov or for Shabbos

    To deal with this issue our Rabbis instituted a procedure known as Eruv Tavshilin. The process of Eruv Tavshilin works in the following manner. On Erev Yom Tov, the head of the household, or a designee, should set aside a baked item such as bread or matzoh, and a cooked item such as meat, fish, or eggs (i.e. a food that is eaten along with bread). Each item should be at least the size of one kezayis, preferably the size of one beitzah. He or she should then recite the blessing of "Baruch...Al Mitzvas Eruv" and the proclamation, both found in the Siddur. This proclamation states that the cooked and baked items should permit us to continue baking, cooking, lighting a flame from an existing fire and do all the necessary preparations from Yom Tov proper to Shabbos. It is now viewed as though meal preparations for Shabbos have already begun before Yom Tov and Shabbos meal preparations may continue on Friday Yom Tov, Erev Shabbos. Once done, the eruv covers all household members and guests. The foods set aside for the eruv should be saved and may be eaten on Shabbos.

    This year we make an Eruv Tavshilin on Erev Rosh HaShanah, Wednesday, September 24h, on Erev Sukkos, Wednesday, October 8th, and on Hoshanah Rabbah, Wednesday, October 15th.


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Sep 22, 2014

27 Elul 5774

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  • Parsha

    Ha'Azinu

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:29 pm

  • Mincha

    6:45 pm

  • Inaugural Tisch at the home of Tzippy & Seth Warshaw, 247 Milltown Rd.

    9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:46 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Boys Mishanayos Shiur, grades 2-5, given by Rabbi Marcus

    4:30 pm

  • Daf Yomi

    5:10 pm

  • Perek Shiur

    5:55 pm

  • Mincha

    6:25 pm

  • Havdalah

    7:36 pm

  • Selichot, Motzei Shabbat

    12:30 am

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  • Sunday 9/21
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:40 pm

  • Mon. 9/22
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichot

    6:45 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:40 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 9/23
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichot

    6:45 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:40 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim

    7:30 pm

  • Selichot

    10:00 pm & 12:40 am

  • Wed. 9/24 Erev Rosh HaShannah
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:33 pm

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:40 pm

  • Thurs. 9/24 Rosh HaShannah
  • Shacharis

    8:00 am

  • Shema

    9:48 am

  • Tashlich

    5:30 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm

  • Candle Lighting, Not Before

    7:32 pm

  • Friday 9/26 Rosh HaShannah
  • Shacharis

    8:00 am

  • Shema

    9:48 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:29 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm