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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:

    June 26, 2015

    June 27, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored by the community in honor of Rifka and Tzvi Yaakov Miretzky.

    July 4, 2015

    Early minyan, main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    July 4, 11, 18, 25 
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    July 4, 18
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    July 4, 11, 18, 25

  • JOIN SPRINGFIELD'S TIFERES GROUP!

    June 26, 2015

    Tiferes, a Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation program for women. 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. To introduce the program, there will be a showing of a DVD titled Trials and Triumpth; I Did Not Ask For This! featuring Rabbi YY Rubinstein and Mrs. Shifra Rabenstein at the Fried house, 4 Shadowlawn Drive, on Tuesday July 7 at 9:00 pm. For additional information please see Deena Fried (cell: 248-935-0452)

  • Monday, July 27th, Atlantic Beach, NY: 2015 WALK-A-THON SPONSORED BY A PACKAGE FROM HOME

    June 26, 2015

    I am privileged to be walking this year in the 2015 Walkathon sponsored by A Package From Home on July 27th in Atlantic Beach, NY. Of course you are all invited to join me to walk or make a monetary donation to this worth while organization. A Package From Home provides our chayalim in the Israel Defense Forces with "extra" supplies for their use several times a year. Our Shul members have been so kind in donating supplies in the past. I am once again asking you to donate any of the following Sample Size only- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, stick deodorant, chapstick lip balms, shampoo, moisturizers, medicated bandaids, baby medicated powder and new sweat socks of all sizes.

    All supplies can be left in front of my house and I will transport them to Long Island. Thank you so much for your continued help with this mitzvah

    Pearla Lulinski Weisman, 8 Norwood Road, Springfield, NJ - 908-963-7760

  • Wednesday, July 8th, 12:00 pm: LUNCH AND LEARN AT TOKYO HIBACHI, 238 MORRIS AVE. Please RSVP to Rabbi Marcus at ravmook1@aol.com if you plan to attend.

    June 26, 2015
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CONGREGATION RINAT YISRAEL 2015 SUMMER PROGRAM

    June 26, 2015

    Yeshiva University in partnership with Congregation Rinat Yisrael proudly presents a summer semester of Community Beit Midrash in Bergen County. This 3-week program will take place on Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will feature shiurim by Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law, Yeshiva University on the topic of “Mysterious Kinot: Historical And Spiritual Significance.” In addition, Rabbi Elchanan Adler, Rosh Yeshiva and Eva, Morris, and Jack K. Rubin Memorial Chair in Rabbinics, RIETS, will present on the topic of “Halachic Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships.” Register online at yu.edu/bergen-learn. For more information about the program, please contact Rabbi Aryeh Czarka, Program Coordinator at Aryeh.Czarka@yu.edu or 212.960.5400 x 6826.

  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    June 26, 2015

    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!

    June 26, 2015

    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

    June 26, 2015

    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.

  • JKHA'S BONIM MOVING INCENTIVE FOR NEW FAMILIES

    June 26, 2015

    Help grow our community. Tell your friends and family about JKHA's Bonim moving incentive for new families, now valued at over $50,000. Call Sandra Blank, the JKHA Admissions Director, @ 862.437.8050 for details.

  • JEWISH LINK IS SEEKING REPORTERS TO WRITE ABOUT LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS. PLEASE EMAIL jill@jjewishlinknj.com if interested.

    June 26, 2015
  • 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.

    June 26, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    June 26, 2015
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    June 30, 2015

    June 10, 2015: Regal Spice

    Brand: Regal Spice     Product: Salad Seasoning    Company: Clark Associates, Lancaster, PA

    Issue: Unauthorized OU- The Orthodox Union does not certify Regal Spice Salad Seasoning. This product bears and unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    June 26, 2015

    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.

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

    June 26, 2015

    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!

    June 26, 2015

    Avalon Glatt: We are excited to announce the opening of the new restaurant and steakhouse Avalon Glatt in Livingston (under the hashgacha of the Vaad HaRabonim of MetroWest). The soft opening took place on May 18. The full menu will be available after Shavuot. http://www.avalonglatt.com

    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.

  • IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR ANNUAL MIKVAH MEMBERSHIP!

    June 26, 2015

    Membership fees:  $1000 Donor, $360 Premium, $180 Regular (couple), $100 Regular (single). 

    Donor and Premium members do not pay for mikvah use; Regular members have reduced user fees.

    Please make checks payable to Mikvah Yisroel of Springfield and send it to 42 Center St., Springfield, NJ 07081. Checks can be dropped off at the shul office as well.

  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD - 42 CENTER STREET

    June 26, 2015

    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

  • SPECIAL THANKS

    June 26, 2015

    Thank you to Rifka and Tzvi Yaakov Miretzky for their dedication to our CIS community and especially to our Youth. We wish the Miretzkys bracha and hatzlacha in all their future endeavors!

  • Hakaras Hatov!

    June 26, 2015

    Hakaras Hatov! to parents Brooke Czarka, Rabbi Uzi Beer, Rachel Beer, and Lori Nusbaum for overseeing Shabbos groups while the Miretzkys were away last Shabbos; and especially to all the teen leaders who help week after week with Shabbos groups. Contact Andrew Nusbaum, CISYouthChair@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved.

  • Sunday, June 7th, at 10:30 am, classroom: CHAMUDIM WILL BE MAKING KITES!

    June 26, 2015
  • Sunday, June 7th, at 1:00 pm, Florham Park Roller Rink, 192 Ridgedale Ave.,Florham Park, NJ 07932: CHANICHIM/ CHANICOT ROLLER SKATING

    June 26, 2015

    Roller skating at Florham Park roller rink for our Chanichim/Chanichot (and anyone else -Chamudim- who wants to join with adult supervision) $10.00 entry fee per person (admission and skate rental) pizza will be served! * Contact Taco and Rifka Miretzky if you plan to attend.

  • Sisterhood Corner

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

    June 26, 2015
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    June 26, 2015

    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

    June 26, 2015

    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

  • JULY AND AUGUST BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

    June 26, 2015

    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

    June 26, 2015

    *** 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:

    June 26, 2015

    June 27, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored by the community in honor of Rifka and Tzvi Yaakov Miretzky.

    July 4, 2015

    Early minyan, main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    July 4, 11, 18, 25 
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    July 4, 18
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    July 4, 11, 18, 25

  • JOIN SPRINGFIELD'S TIFERES GROUP!

    June 26, 2015

    Tiferes, a Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation program for women. 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. To introduce the program, there will be a showing of a DVD titled Trials and Triumpth; I Did Not Ask For This! featuring Rabbi YY Rubinstein and Mrs. Shifra Rabenstein at the Fried house, 4 Shadowlawn Drive, on Tuesday July 7 at 9:00 pm. For additional information please see Deena Fried (cell: 248-935-0452)

  • Monday, July 27th, Atlantic Beach, NY: 2015 WALK-A-THON SPONSORED BY A PACKAGE FROM HOME

    June 26, 2015

    I am privileged to be walking this year in the 2015 Walkathon sponsored by A Package From Home on July 27th in Atlantic Beach, NY. Of course you are all invited to join me to walk or make a monetary donation to this worth while organization. A Package From Home provides our chayalim in the Israel Defense Forces with "extra" supplies for their use several times a year. Our Shul members have been so kind in donating supplies in the past. I am once again asking you to donate any of the following Sample Size only- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, stick deodorant, chapstick lip balms, shampoo, moisturizers, medicated bandaids, baby medicated powder and new sweat socks of all sizes.

    All supplies can be left in front of my house and I will transport them to Long Island. Thank you so much for your continued help with this mitzvah

    Pearla Lulinski Weisman, 8 Norwood Road, Springfield, NJ - 908-963-7760

  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CONGREGATION RINAT YISRAEL 2015 SUMMER PROGRAM

    June 26, 2015

    Yeshiva University in partnership with Congregation Rinat Yisrael proudly presents a summer semester of Community Beit Midrash in Bergen County. This 3-week program will take place on Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will feature shiurim by Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law, Yeshiva University on the topic of “Mysterious Kinot: Historical And Spiritual Significance.” In addition, Rabbi Elchanan Adler, Rosh Yeshiva and Eva, Morris, and Jack K. Rubin Memorial Chair in Rabbinics, RIETS, will present on the topic of “Halachic Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships.” Register online at yu.edu/bergen-learn. For more information about the program, please contact Rabbi Aryeh Czarka, Program Coordinator at Aryeh.Czarka@yu.edu or 212.960.5400 x 6826.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    HALACHOS OF THE 3 WEEKS

    BS”D

    The three week period from Shiva Asar B’Tamuz through Tisha B’Av (observed from July 5th - July 26th) is known as “Bein HaMitzarim”. This phrase comes from Megillas Eicha: “All her enemies have overtaken her between the narrow passes” (1:3). Commentaries explain “the narrow passes” to refer to this three week period of national anguish and mourning. To commemorate this period, and to prepare a Jew for the intensity of mourning on Tisha B’Av, a number of customs have developed. Please note that much of what is included is based upon the rulings of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt”l who felt that the time periods of the Three Weeks, the Nine Days, and Tisha B’Av generally correspond to the three different halachic stages of mourning for a parent which are, respectively, the Twelve Months, the Thirty Days, and the Shiva. For Ashkenazim, four prohibitions apply to the three week period (for Sefardim, only #4 is applicable):           

    1) Weddings – engagement celebrations without music, however, are permitted up to, but not including, Rosh Chodesh Av.           

    2) Playing Musical Instruments – this includes listening to live music played on instruments. (During the Nine Days one should even refrain from listening to recordings of musical instruments). It also includes attending entertainment events where music is the primary feature of the program. A professional musician whose source of income is from playing, is exempt.           

    3) Haircuts – should not be taken during this time. Other personal grooming needs, such as cutting nails, are permitted during this period.  Cutting nails is a problem during the week in which Tisha B’Av falls out. For men, shaving is a source of some dispute. There are those who forbid shaving from the beginning of the three week period, except in case of great necessity (e.g. job related purposes). According to Rav Soloveitchik, shaving becomes an issue only during the Nine Days, due to his comparison of the Three Weeks with the Twelve Month mourning period for a parent during which shaving is permitted when a person looks unkempt (which for most people in our culture is going every two days, or even less, without shaving).       

    4) Recitation of Shehechiyanu – important new clothes (that are bought infrequently), household furnishings of major significance, or a new fruit, should preferably not be purchased, and certainly not used for the first time during the Three Weeks. This prohibition is suspended when: (1) there is a great necessity for the item; (2) its first use will be on Shabbos (when it was purchased before the Three Weeks).

    These customs, as well as the prohibitions of the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av, applies equally to men and women. Some are lenient regarding a haircut for a woman in case of great need. Children from age 6 and older should also be trained to observe these prohibitions. However, in regard to haircutting, a child may take one up until the week in which Tisha B’Av occurs.

    L’shana Haba’ah b’Yerushalayim.

    Have a great Shabbos.

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Jul 01, 2015

14 Tammuz 5775

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  • Parsha

    Balak

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:59 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    8:14 pm

  • Mincha

    6:40 pm & 8:15 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:14 am

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

    6:00 pm

  • Daf Yomi

    6:30 pm

  • SPECIAL NEW SHIUR
  • Avos D'Rebbi Nosson

    7:20 pm

  • Mincha

    7:50 pm

  • Havdalah

    9:21 pm

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  • Sunday 6/28
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:20 pm

  • Mon.6/29
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:20 pm

  • Tues. 6/30 & Wed. 7/1
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:20 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Tues. Evening

    8:50 pm

  • Thurs. 7/2
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:20 pm

  • B'Iyun Shiur- Thurs. Evening at Marcus residence

    9:15 pm

  • Mussar for Men- Thurs. Evening at Marcus Residence

    10:00 pm

  • Night Seder- Mon. thru Thurs.

    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Friday 7/3
  • Shacharis

    6:15 pm & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:59 pm & 8:14 pm

  • Mincha

    6:40 pm & 8:15 pm