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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:

    May 04, 2016

    May 7, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Sara and Harvey Ritter commemorating the yahrtzeit of Harvey's mother, Lillian Kessler-Ritter.

    Main kiddush is unsponsored.

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Edna and David Goodman in memory of Ruby Goodman z"l, on her 2nd yahrtzeit.

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    May 14, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored.

    Kiddush luncheon will be sponsored by Sisterhood in celebration of Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  May  14                  June 4, 18, 25
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  May  21                  June 11, 18, 25
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  May  14, 21, 28    June 4, 11, 18, 25

  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    May 04, 2016

    We are looking for volunteers to say tehillim from home on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Rachel Kohn at 973-467-0762

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SHUL SECURITY

    May 04, 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.

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

    May 04, 2016

    There is a new 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.

  • NEW SHIUR SERIES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS!!!

    April 28, 2016
    Rabbi Yossi Kurant, Rosh Kollel of Kollel Nosson Tzvi in Union, NJ, will be giving a Shiur series, "Legal & Inspirational Insights from the Weekly Parsha," Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM in the Shul. Additionally, Rabbi Kurant and other Kollel members will be available for chavrusa learning as well. Please contact Rabbi Marcus if you are interested in studying one on one with a Kollel member.
  • Wednesday, May 4th, 6:45 pm, Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave.,Union, NJ: ANNUAL YOM HASHOAH HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION

    May 04, 2016

    Free and open to the public - For more information, call (973) 929-3194

    Keynote Speaker: Abe Foxman, National Director Emeritus, Anti-Defamation League

  • Wednesday, May 11th, 6:45 pm, Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center, 85 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston,NJ: ISRAEL AT 68, REMEMBER & REJOICE FEATURING ELLIOT BRANDT, AIPAC Managing Director for National Affairs & Development

    May 04, 2016
  • Thursday, May 12th, 5:30 pm, YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union, NJ: YOM HA'ATZMAUT AT THE Y, SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY EITAN KATZ

    May 04, 2016

    Free and open to the community - For more information, visit www.jfedgmw.org/celebrateisrael or call (908) 289-8112

  • Sunday, May 15th, 4pm, Temple Sholom, 1925 Lake Ave, Scotch Plains,NJ: INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION WITH PASTOR KEVIN BRENNAN ON "WHAT ISRAEL MEANS TO ME"

    May 04, 2016

    CIS is a member of The Israel Support Committee. For more information regarding the discussion on May 15th, please contact Arnold at AL816@COLUMBIA.EDU

  • Sunday, May 15th, 5pm, Sheraton Parsippany: JKHA /RKYHS 68TH ANNUAL DINNER

    May 04, 2016
  • Sunday, May 22nd: MEN'S VIP TOUR OF LAKEWOOD- A DAY OF LEARNING & INSPIRATION

    May 04, 2016

    For more information, contact Keevy Fried at 516-884-0151 or email KEVINJFRIED@GMAIL.COM

  • HELP SUPPORT LES MANDEL WHO IS RAISING MONEY FOR THE CHORDOMA FOUNDATION

    May 04, 2016
    I am training to run a half marathon in Springfield, NJ, on May 20th, mid-afternoon, before Shabbos, for the Chordoma Foundation, in order to raise funds for more research and clinical trials. We hope to defeat this rare form of cancer, especially since most people who have contracted this cancer, have not survived.
    Here are the easiest ways in which you can donate:

    2) By mailing a check to the Chordoma Foundation at the following address, noting the donation is in support of Steven Mandel's Brooklyn Half Marathon Fundraiser:
    Chordoma Foundation
    PO Box 2127 
    Durham, NC 27702
    Reference: Steven Mandel Brooklyn Fundraiser

    For more information, call Les Mandel at 201-638-8801 or e-mail at les.mandel@gmail.com
    Thank you from the whole Mandel mishpachah!

  • TIME TO PLAN FOR SUMMER 2016!

    May 04, 2016

    It practically feels like camp weather -- time to plan for summer!! Contact Tracy Levine of One Happy Camper NJ for free guidance on finding the right sleepaway camp or teen program via tracy@onehappycampernj.orgor 973.929.2970. It's all about the right match, and Tracy will help you find it! A free service serving the Greater MetroWest NJ community - never a fee to families or camps. 

    5 MINUTES COULD SAVE YOU UP TO $1,000  

    New campers may be eligible for a gift of up to $1,000 One Happy Camper grant toward 150+ camps and teen programs. Visit OneHappyCamperNJ.org or contact Tracy for details.

  • JOIN SPRINGFIELD'S TIFERES GROUP! Tiferes, a Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation program for women.

    May 04, 2016
    By becoming a Tiferes member you will have access to a weekly teleconference on a variety of topics including Shalom Bayis, Parenting and Personal growth, by sought-after speakers. In addition, by joining, you will have access to a monthly inspirational DVD by renowned speakers. This event is for Women only. For additional information or if you would like to be come a member, please see Deena Fried (cell: 248-935-0452)



  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    May 04, 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.

  • HELP KEEP OUR SHUL TIDY!

    May 04, 2016

    Please hang up your coats during Shabbat and Yom Tov services. Help keep our shul tidy and do not leave coats, jackets, scarves and hats on the benches, mechitzas, tables, chairs and stage. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    May 04, 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.

  • WEEK LONG SHUL TRIP TO EASTERN EUROPE!

    May 04, 2016
    If you are interested in taking part in a week long Shul trip to Eastern Europe to visit important Holocaust sites, Jewish Communities, and Kivrei Tzaddikim, please contact the Rabbi. The trip will be taking place from July 31st to August 8th.  "A Journey Through the Ashes"
    July 31 - August 8
    Join CIS on a powerful trip to Eastern Europe, to visit important Holocaust sites, and other historically significant places, such as centers of Jewish life from before the war, and kivrei tzaddikim. It will be an emotional journey to examine one of the darkest periods in Jewish history, and to connect with the Jewish life in Eastern Europe that was wiped out by the Nazis y"svz. 

    The trip is taking place during the 3 Weeks, a time when the Jewish People are supposed to focus on our plight in Exile, and to develop the yearning to move beyond. 

    All accommodations, aside from flight, will be first class. We will have professional guides and security accompanying us throughout our journey together.

    The price for the trip is $3,100.
    Space is limited. To reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $250 is required by Monday, April 11th.

    The flight schedule is as follows -
    Leaving:

    31JUL AIR CANADA 8669 NEWARK/TORONTO: 

    2:35PM - 4:05PM 

    31JUL AIR CANADA 1926 TORONTO/WARSAW: 

    6:30PM - 9:30AM 

    Returning:

    08AUG AIR CANADA 1927 WARSAW/TORONTO:

    11:00AM - 2:50PM 

    08AUG AIR CANADA 768 TORONTO/NEWARK:

    4:20PM - 5:55PM 

      

  • 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.

    May 04, 2016
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    May 04, 2016
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    May 04, 2016

    April 15, 2016:  Streit’s Quinoa

    Brand: Streit's     Product: Quinoa

    Company: Aaron Streit Inc. NY NY   

    Some containers of Streit's Quinoa UPC Codes 0-70227-60208-0 were found to contain infestation. Any possibly affected product may be returned to the stores for a refund.  

    Under proper storage conditions, it is unusual to find infestation in these products sold in the United States.  However, consumers should be aware that grains could develop infestation when stored in warm areas. To determine whether quinoa (or any other grains) are possibly affected, spread them evenly on a white surface and visually inspect them under good light prior to use.   

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    April 15, 2016:  La Bonne Quinoa

    Brand: La Bonne     Product: Quinoa
    Company: La Bonne, Maspeth Queens
       
    Some containers of LaBonne quinoa UPC Codes 0-43427- 0080-6 and 0-43427-88802-8 labeled with an OU P symbol were found to contain infestation. Any possibly affected product may be returned to the stores for a refund.

    Under proper storage conditions, it is unusual to find infestation in these products sold in the United States. However, consumers should be aware that grains could develop infestation when stored in warm areas. To determine whether quinoa (or any other grains) are possibly affected, spread them evenly on a white surface and visually inspect them under good light prior to use.   

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

    May 04, 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

  • PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR LOCAL KOSHER ESTABLISHMENTS

    May 04, 2016

    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.

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

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

    Tokyo Hibachi: 238 Morris Avenue, a kosher Japanese-Chinese restaurant is under the supervision of the Vaad of MetroWest.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    May 04, 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!

    May 04, 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

    May 04, 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

  • JR. YACHAD IS COMING TO CELEBRATE YOM HA'ATMAUT WITH THE CIS YOUTH ON SUNDAY, MAY 15TH!

    May 04, 2016

    Jr. Yachad is coming to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut with CIS Youth. All ages are invited to come on Sunday May 15 from 10:30-12:30 in shul. Drop off for 6+

    If you would like to sponsor or volunteer to help with this event please contact springfieldyouthdirectors@gmail.com

  • March 26th, 9:30 am, Beis Medrash: TEEN KIDDUSH

    April 28, 2016

    Special thanks to Sion Suffir for sponsoring the teen kiddush this Shabbos. Thank you to the Hanover and Kigner families for sponsoring the teen kiddush last Shabbos.

  • Nursery Corner

  • 2016 CAMP KITANIM

    May 04, 2016
    We are most pleased to announce the return of Chelsea Shulman as the Camp Director of Camp Kitanim, at Congregation Israel of Springfield,NJ!! Last year as the director, Chelsea developed and executed a fantastic, creative program. The program Chelsea designed balanced Torah values and fun as well as skill building activities for two different age groups. Registration forms and more information can be found on the shul website, by emailing campkitanim@gmail.com or by contacting the shul office at 973-467-9666.

     

  • Sisterhood Corner

  • SISTERHOOD NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: ANY QUESTIONS, SEND YOUR EMAIL TO SISTERHOODCIS@GMAIL.COM

    May 04, 2016
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    May 04, 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 TRIBUTE CARDS

    May 04, 2016

    Sisterhood has tribute cards. All Purpose and Memorial Cards Available - 5 for $10 or 10 for $18 * Please contact the shul office.

  • Shul Activities

  • MAY BULLETIN IS SPONSORED BY BETH AND MARTY ARON IN MEMORY OF MARTY'S FATHER, SAMUEL ARON, SHMUEL B'REV GERSHON DOVID, WHOSE YAHRTZEIT IS THIS MONTH (21 IYAR).

    May 04, 2016

    MONTH OF JUNE AND JULY 2016 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

    May 05, 2016

    *** 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

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    May 04, 2016

    May 7, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Sara and Harvey Ritter commemorating the yahrtzeit of Harvey's mother, Lillian Kessler-Ritter.

    Main kiddush is unsponsored.

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Edna and David Goodman in memory of Ruby Goodman z"l, on her 2nd yahrtzeit.

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    May 14, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored.

    Kiddush luncheon will be sponsored by Sisterhood in celebration of Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  May  14                  June 4, 18, 25
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  May  21                  June 11, 18, 25
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  May  14, 21, 28    June 4, 11, 18, 25

  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    May 04, 2016

    We are looking for volunteers to say tehillim from home on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Rachel Kohn at 973-467-0762

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SHUL SECURITY

    May 04, 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.

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

    May 04, 2016

    There is a new 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.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    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 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.  How can one halachically prepare food on Yom Tov for Shabbos-Yom Tov or for Shabbos

    To deal with this issue, Chazal 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 (page 654 in the Artscroll 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.  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.

     ***We make an Eruv Tavshilin today, Thursday, April 28th, so tomorrow we can prepare for our Shabbos meals.***

    LIST OF APPROVED STORES

    TO BUY CHAMETZ AT AFTER PESACH

     

    Post-Pesach there is an Issur Mid’rabbanan, a Rabbinical prohibition against getting benefit from any chametz, or chametz products, that were owned by a Jew over the Yom Tov.  As such, it is imperative to know which stores, and perhaps even more importantly, which distributors and wholesalers, are Jewish-owned and which are not.  Additionally, if a business is owned by Jews, if they sold their chametz before Pesach, then the problem would also be alleviated.  For a store where there is Jewish ownership and they did not sell their chametz before Pesach, it is a problem for approximately a month after Pesach for items with a longer shelf life (e.g. cereal), and only for 2 weeks for items with a shorter shelf life (e.g. a loaf of bread). Please note, that for liquor, the shelf life can be considerably longer.

    Finding the name of a store on the following list means that it is either: (a) not Jewish-owned, or (b) sold its chametz, and that this is also the case for its major suppliers.  Thus, one can buy chametz and chametz products at these stores after Pesach:

    • Shoprite

    • Pathmark

    • Wal-Mart         

    • BJs

    • Costco

    • CVS                                     

    • Target                        

    • Trader Joe’s                             

    • Walgreens                  

    • Stop & Shop

    • 7-Eleven

    • Petco

    • Rite-Aid

    • Whole Foods                       

     


     

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May 06, 2016

28 Nisan 5776

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  • Parsha

    Achrei Mos

  • Friday 4/29 Pesach, 7th Day

  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 9:00 am

  • Shema

    9:26 am

  • Daf Yomi

    TBD

  • Candle Lighting

    7:41 pm

  • Mincha

    7:40 pm

  • Pesach, 8th Day
  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 9:00 am

  • Shema

    9:25 am

  • Yizkor

    10:40 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    5:55 pm

  • Shiur given by Tuvy Miller-"Mitzvos After Mashiach"

    6:35 pm

  • Mincha

    7:20 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:51 pm

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  • Sunday 5/1
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:15 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:40 pm

  • Mon. 5/2
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:45 pm, No Late Maariv

  • Womens Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:30 pm

  • Tues. 5/3 & Wed. 5/4
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:45 pm, No Late Maariv

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Rabbi Kurant's Shiur, Wed. Evening in Shul

    8:30 pm

  • Thurs. 5/5 Yom HaShoah
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:45 pm, No Late Maariv

  • Tefillah Shiur- Thurs. Evening at Marcus residence

    9:20 pm

  • Friday 5/6
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:32 pm & 7:41 pm

  • Mincha

    6:15 pm & 7:45 pm