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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 REMEMBER TO MAKE ERUV TAVSHILIN ON ERUV ROSH HA SHANAH, EREV SUKKOS, AND HOSHANAH RABBAH.

    September 24, 2014
  • 12TH ANNUAL HIGH HOLIDAY KIBBUDIM AUCTION

    September 24, 2014

    Thanks to all the active and silent participants who made this year’s auction a huge success!

    Lenny Bielory, Eyal Bitansky, Howard Block, Avi Borenstein, Rick Covkin, Harry Czinn, Victor Dishy, Bruce Francis, Adam Hanover, Ben Hoffer, Noah Kaminer, Jeff Kigner, David Lachs, Charlie Larkin, Jay Mevorah, Mel Ostrow, Jeff Singer, Josh Smilow, Henry Stein, Sion Suffir, Jason Tammam, Craig Weinstein and Isaac Wind

    Special Thanks to: The Orchid for donating deluxe Israeli salad, fruit and cookie trays; Les Mandel for providing and delivering cakes; Natalie for food service set-up; Henryk for arranging the room;Raphael Dishy for assisting with preparing refreshments; Charlie Larkin for another terrific and spirited job as auctioneer; Sam Alexander for his support while in Israel; Harry Czinnfor organizing the auction and refreshments; and Christine Spinner for her wonderful outreach and administrative support.

  • MIKVAH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND MIKVAH HOURS FOR MEN

    September 24, 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.

  • YU'S COMMUNITY BEIT MEDRASH- FALL 2014

    September 24, 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 24, 2014

    September 27, 2014

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Debbie & Moshe Rosenwein in memory of Zvi Rosenwein A"H upcoming yahrtzeit.

    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 24, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    September 24, 2014
  • SAVE THE DATE: SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RAV JUDAH MISCHEL, THE HEAD OF CAMP HASC, SHABBOS OF NOVEMBER 22ND

    September 24, 2014
  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, 8PM AT CIS: MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD RAFFLE AND CAFE NIGHT HONORING NORMAN AND PEARLA WEISMAN

    September 24, 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!

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    September 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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.

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

    September 24, 2014


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

    September 24, 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 24, 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 24, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    September 24, 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 24, 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

  • OCTOBER & NOVEMBER BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    September 24, 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 24, 2014
  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    September 24, 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 REMEMBER TO MAKE ERUV TAVSHILIN ON ERUV ROSH HA SHANAH, EREV SUKKOS, AND HOSHANAH RABBAH.

    September 24, 2014

  • 12TH ANNUAL HIGH HOLIDAY KIBBUDIM AUCTION

    September 24, 2014

    Thanks to all the active and silent participants who made this year’s auction a huge success!

    Lenny Bielory, Eyal Bitansky, Howard Block, Avi Borenstein, Rick Covkin, Harry Czinn, Victor Dishy, Bruce Francis, Adam Hanover, Ben Hoffer, Noah Kaminer, Jeff Kigner, David Lachs, Charlie Larkin, Jay Mevorah, Mel Ostrow, Jeff Singer, Josh Smilow, Henry Stein, Sion Suffir, Jason Tammam, Craig Weinstein and Isaac Wind

    Special Thanks to: The Orchid for donating deluxe Israeli salad, fruit and cookie trays; Les Mandel for providing and delivering cakes; Natalie for food service set-up; Henryk for arranging the room;Raphael Dishy for assisting with preparing refreshments; Charlie Larkin for another terrific and spirited job as auctioneer; Sam Alexander for his support while in Israel; Harry Czinnfor organizing the auction and refreshments; and Christine Spinner for her wonderful outreach and administrative support.

  • MIKVAH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND MIKVAH HOURS FOR MEN

    September 24, 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.

  • KIDDUSHIM

    September 24, 2014

    September 27, 2014

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Debbie & Moshe Rosenwein in memory of Zvi Rosenwein A"H upcoming yahrtzeit.

    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

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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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  • Parsha

  • Erev Shabbat- Rosh HaShanah
  • Shacharis

    8:00 am

  • Shema

    9:48 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:17 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:48 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    4:45 pm

  • Shabbos Shuva Derasha

    5:30 pm

  • Mincha

    6:15 pm

  • Havdalah

    7:25 pm

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  • Sunday 9/28 Tzom Gedalya
  • Fast Begins

    5:38 am

  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:15 pm

  • Fast Ends

    7:10 pm

  • Mon. 9/29
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichot

    6:45 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:25 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 9/30 & Wed. 10/1
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichot

    6:45 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:25 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Thurs. 10/2
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichot

    6:45 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:25 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Friday 10/3 Erev Yom Kippur
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:00 am

  • Selichot

    6:45 am

  • Mincha

    3:00 pm & 6:15 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    6:18 pm

  • Kol Nidrei

    6:25 pm