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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

  • PARSHA ON THE LAWN THIS SHABBOS AFTERNOON, AUGUST 27TH, 4:00 PM

    August 26, 2016

    Parsha on the Lawn Shabbos of August 27th at 4:00 pm, will take place at the home of Ariella and Sammy Landa, 64 Pitt Road, and co-hosted by Brooke and Aryeh Czarka commemorating the yartzeit of Batya Emunah bat HaRav Aryeh Dov.

  • SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Parsha on the Lawn on September 10th More information to follow!

    August 26, 2016

    Parsha on the Lawn is a community-wide opportunity for socializing, dessert-ing and hearing some words of inspiration in a community member's backyard. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    August 26, 2016

    August 27, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Yaffa and Avi Sabag to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Yaffa's mother, Rika bat Yehuda.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Sherry and Henry Stein in memory of Bernard Stein Z"L.

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

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    September 3, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos will be sponsored by Sara and Howard Apsan.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    September 3, 10, 17, 24
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    September 3, 10, 17, 24
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    September 10, 24

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

    August 26, 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 my 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.
    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.

  • Tuesday & Thursday night, 8:30 - 9:30 PM: Beis Medrash Learning @ CIS

    August 26, 2016
    Come be a part of the learning going on in our Beis Medrash with a special new program! Come with your chavrusa, or learn with one of the BML Fellows that will be joining us both nights, or just learn on your own in the Beis Medrash. Additionally, there will be interactive chaburos both nights for those interested. Tuesday night there will be a Halacha Chabura, and Thursday night there will be a Gemara B'Iyun Chabura.
  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    August 26, 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

    August 26, 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.

  • DAILY MINCHA MINYAN, 1:30 PM, SUNDAY - THURSDAY AT YESHIVA GEDOLAH ZICHRON LEYMA, 2035 VAUXHALL ROAD, CORNER PLANE STREET, UNION.

    August 26, 2016

    There is a daily Mincha Minyan at 1:30 pm, Sunday - Thursday at Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Leyma, 2035 Vauxhall Road, corner Plane Street, Union. They also have Shacharis 7:40 am & Maariv 9:45 pm. Rabbis Eliezer Ginsberg and Gershon Neuman. Please note: The sign of the former Congregation B'nai Ahavath Shalom is still on the building.

  • Sunday, September 11th, 2:00 pm, JCC of Central NJ at 1391 Martine Ave.,Scotch Plains: PALESTINIAN MEDIA: THE INSIDE STORY

    August 26, 2016

    Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, has brought the issue of Palestinian Authority incitement to the world’s attention. Hear what was directly responsible for U.S. legislation to suspend funding of PA terror and changes in the foreign policy and narrative of other countries towards the Palestinians.

    $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $20 sponsors receive one admission, reserved seating, and desert reception with Itamar Marcus after his talk

    Checks to: The Israel Support Committee, 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

    Questions and additional information to: conradwho@gmail.comor 908 531-8228

    * This is an event of the Israel Support Committee of which Congregation Israel is a member.

  • DONATIONS FOR OUR CHAYALIM

    August 26, 2016
    Thank you for your kind donations to our Israeli chayalim and Packages from Home. Pearla Lulinski Weisman will resume collecting supplies after September 5, 2016.



  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    August 26, 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

    August 26, 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.

    August 26, 2016
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    August 26, 2016
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    August 26, 2016

    August 17, 2016:  Brand: Bill Baron's   Product: Parmesan Panko   Company: Bill Baron's Specialty Foods, Martinez CA   Issue: Unauthorized OU

    The Orthodox Union does not certify Bill Baron's Parmesan Panko.  Some products sold at Whole Foods Market in the Northeast bear an unauthorized OU and are being withdrawn from the marketplace.

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

    August 26, 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

    August 26, 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!

    August 26, 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

    August 26, 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

  • YOUTH GROUPS WILL START AT 9:30 AM FOR THE MONTH OF JULY. THERE WILL BE NO 9:15 AM FREE TIME DROP-OFF.

    August 26, 2016
  • Sisterhood Corner

  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    August 26, 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.

  • SISTERHOOD 5777 NEW YEARS CARDS *DEADLINE DATE IS SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

    August 26, 2016

    Please join CIS Sisterhood in wishing our fellow congregants a happy, healthy and sweet New Year by participating in our annual New Year's cards! Cost is $10.00 per household. Payment with completed form is due by September 1, 2016. All sponsors will be listed on a Shana Tova Card that will be sent to the entire shul.

    Please make checks payable to Congregation Israel Sisterhood and mail your form along with payment in full directly to Miryam Smilow, 57 Redwood Road, Springfield, NJ 07081 Attn: Sisterhood Rosh HaShana. Forms can be downloaded from the shul website and hard copies will be available in the shul lobby for your convenience.

  • Shul Activities

  • MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2016 BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    August 26, 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

  • PARSHA ON THE LAWN THIS SHABBOS AFTERNOON, AUGUST 27TH, 4:00 PM

    August 26, 2016

    Parsha on the Lawn Shabbos of August 27th at 4:00 pm, will take place at the home of Ariella and Sammy Landa, 64 Pitt Road, and co-hosted by Brooke and Aryeh Czarka commemorating the yartzeit of Batya Emunah bat HaRav Aryeh Dov.

  • SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Parsha on the Lawn on September 10th More information to follow!

    August 26, 2016

    Parsha on the Lawn is a community-wide opportunity for socializing, dessert-ing and hearing some words of inspiration in a community member's backyard. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    August 26, 2016

    August 27, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Yaffa and Avi Sabag to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Yaffa's mother, Rika bat Yehuda.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Sherry and Henry Stein in memory of Bernard Stein Z"L.

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

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

    September 3, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos will be sponsored by Sara and Howard Apsan.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    September 3, 10, 17, 24
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    September 3, 10, 17, 24
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    September 10, 24

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

    August 26, 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 my 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.
    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.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

    Halachos from the Parsha  

    In this week’s parsha, Eikev, we have the source for the Torah obligation to bless and thank Hashem after eating bread, “V’achalta v’savata u’vairachta es Hashem Elokecha… – You will eat, and you shall be satisfied and you will bless Hashem your G-d…”(Devarim 8:10).  (Incidentally, the Rambam points out in the beginning of his codification of the laws of berachos, that this verse is the source for almost every beracha that we have today.)  As such, it is a good opportunity to review some halachos related to birchas hamazon:  

    ·       It is ideal to bentch by reading birchas hamazon from a siddur or bentcher rather than saying it by heart, as this will help a person concentrate.

    ·       One should sit while saying birchas hamazon.

    ·       It is best to have some bread still on the table while one bentches.

    ·       One should not interrupt bentching with any conversation. 

    ·       It is important to recite birchas hamazon in the place that you ate the meal.

    ·       To be obligated in birchas hamazon, one must have eaten a kezais of bread in a span of approximately 4 minutes.  The size of a kezais is greatly debated.  One can assume that from an average loaf of bread, half of the middle piece of the loaf would certainly meet the size requirement.

    ·       When one is a guest in another’s home, there is a special prayer that is to be said shortly after the fourth beracha of bentching on behalf of the host, beginning with the words, ‘Yehi Ratzon.’  [In Artscroll siddurim this prayer can be found in middle of the ‘harachamans’ at the end of bentching. {Pages 192-193 in the standard Artscroll siddur.}]

    ·       On Shabbos, if one forgets the special insertion of ‘Retzay’ during the third beracha, one is obligated to repeat the entire bentching.  However, this rule does not apply if one forgets when bentching after Shalosh Seudos.

    Have a beautiful Shabbos.

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  • Parsha

    Eikev

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:16 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:20 pm

  • Mincha

    6:00 pm & 7:20 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:39 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    5:50 pm

  • Pirkei Avot Shiur

    6:35 pm

  • Mincha

    7:05 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:27 pm

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  • Sunday 8/28
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:20 pm

  • Mon. 8/29
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha

    7:15 pm

  • Womens Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 8/30 & Wed. 8/31
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:15 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Thurs. 9/1
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:15 pm

  • Tefillah Shiur- Thurs. Evening at Marcus residence

    9:00 pm

  • Friday 9/2
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:06 pm & 7:09 pm

  • Mincha

    5:50 pm & 7:15 pm