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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

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    December 19, 2014

    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.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    December 19, 2014

    December 20, 2014

    Special thanks to Sisterhood for the delicious donuts!

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Jerry's mother, Sophie Tarlowe, and Jerry's Aunt Gladys.

    Main kiddush sponsored by Myra and Aryeh Pirak and Family to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Aryeh's father, William Pirak.

    Shalosh Seudos sponsored by Rachel Lohr and Adam Sheps to commemorate Adam's siyum on Bava Metzia in honor of the yahrtzeit of Adam's grandfather, Isser ben Shmuel.

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    December 27, 2014
    Early minyan and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by Gila and Victor Dishy.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  December 27   January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:                              January 24, 31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:                              January 3, 10, 17

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    December 19, 2014
    December 2, 2014

    Kosher Alert Sunflower Milk Halva

    Brand: Golden Age
    Product: Sunflower Halva Milk Softness
    Company: Euro Imports, Brooklyn NY
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    Golden Age Milk Softness Sunflower Halva is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients statement.  Corrective measures have been implemented.
    November 28, 2014

    Kosher Alert Good Bean

    Brand: The Good Bean
    Product: Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar
    Company: The Good Bean Inc., Berkeley CA
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    The Orthodox Union certifies Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements.  Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

  • 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.

    December 19, 2014
  • Thursday, December 25th, 10am-5pm, Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus Glueck Center, 515 West 185th St, NY, NY 10033: YARCHEI KALLAH

    December 19, 2014

    Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary invites you to a Yarchei Kallah on Inyanei Eretz Yisrael at this Crucial Moment in History Shemittah and Har HaBayit, Conflict and Community

    For more information please call 212-960-5400 x 6350, Registration Required

  • Friday and Saturday, December 26-27, 2014: SHABBATON AT CIS!

    December 19, 2014

    Join us for a magical Shabbat with the Traveling Chassidim - December 26-27, 2014, including Carlebach style Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday night dinner with zemirot, Kumzits and Melave Malka. If you have any questions or would like to help organize this community-wide Shabbat please e-mail anya@bitansky.com or craig.weinstein@gmail.com.

    Bring your friends and neighbors, from near and far, to an uplifting and inspirational Kumzitz and Melave Malka, Saturday night, December 27th, 6:30 pm, at Congregation Israel. * Please note the time change from the original flier.

  • JOSEPH TAMMAM Z"L SCHOLARSHIP FUND- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS- DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 9, 2015

    December 19, 2014

    The Joseph Tammam Memorial Youth Award Committee is accepting applications from interested high school seniors. Applicants should write a one page essay describing his or her community involvement and volunteerism at Congregation Israel of Springfield and beyond. Please make sure your application is submitted to the shul office by January 9, 2015. The award will be given at the Congregation Israel of Springfield Annual Dinner.

  • SHUL COATROOM: Please remember to remove all personal items from the coatroom. Any items left in the coatroom will be discarded if they are not removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

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

    December 19, 2014
  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    December 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!

    December 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!

    December 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.

  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD - 42 CENTER STREET

    December 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.

  • Youth Corner

  • Saturday Night, December 6th,: JOIN US FOR SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING 1 HOUR AFTER HAVDALAH.

    December 19, 2014


  • Sunday, November 9th, 10:30 am: CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6) We will be making candygrams to give out to friends.

    December 19, 2014


  • Sunday, December 21st, 2 pm, shul social hall: 3RD ANNUAL CHANUKAH CHAGIGA!

    December 19, 2014

    Our Chanukah Chagiga is coming up, and save the date for December 21st at 2:00 P.M. We will be having our 3rd annual Latke Cook off. If you are interested in participating, please contact Taco or Rifka.

    Sponsorships are available:  Magician $100, Food (Contact Taco or Rifka), Community Lighting $100, Prizes $25-$100, Activity Tables $25.

    RSVP in advance and it is only $5 per person ($30 per family), $10 a person at the door ($40 per family), Latke Cook off- $25 per team

  • Sunday, October 19th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am: CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT (Ages 7-12) TORAH BOWL

    December 19, 2014
  • Sisterhood Corner

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

    December 19, 2014
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, February 8, 2015, 10am - 2pm: SISTERHOOD'S ANNUAL PRE-HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE!

    December 19, 2014
    Look forward to an amazing day of shopping, food and so much more! Contact Brooke Czarka at bczarka@yahoo.com for any information.
  • SISTERHOOD MISHLOACH MANOT FUNDRAISER

    December 19, 2014

    The fundraiser informational letter was sent prematurely and the fundraiser is not actually open yet. We apologize for the error. Happy Purim was working on a technical glitch and seems to have sent out the letter by accident. We should be up and running in early January and will send emails and post notices in the Shabbat bulletin.

    Thanks for checking!
    Alisa Kigner and Sheila Hanover

  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    December 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

    December 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

  • DECEMBER BULLETIN SPONSORED BY DOLORES AND SOL GREENFIELD IN MEMORY OF DOLORES'S PARENTS, LILLIAN AND MORRIS GLINTER, AND DOLORES'S BROTHER, PAUL GLINTER.

    December 19, 2014

    JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2015 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

    December 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

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    December 19, 2014

    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.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    December 19, 2014

    December 20, 2014

    Special thanks to Sisterhood for the delicious donuts!

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Jerry's mother, Sophie Tarlowe, and Jerry's Aunt Gladys.

    Main kiddush sponsored by Myra and Aryeh Pirak and Family to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Aryeh's father, William Pirak.

    Shalosh Seudos sponsored by Rachel Lohr and Adam Sheps to commemorate Adam's siyum on Bava Metzia in honor of the yahrtzeit of Adam's grandfather, Isser ben Shmuel.

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

    December 27, 2014
    Early minyan and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by Gila and Victor Dishy.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  December 27   January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:                              January 24, 31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:                              January 3, 10, 17

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    December 19, 2014

    December 2, 2014

    Kosher Alert Sunflower Milk Halva

    Brand: Golden Age
    Product: Sunflower Halva Milk Softness
    Company: Euro Imports, Brooklyn NY
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    Golden Age Milk Softness Sunflower Halva is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients statement.  Corrective measures have been implemented.
    November 28, 2014

    Kosher Alert Good Bean

    Brand: The Good Bean
    Product: Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar
    Company: The Good Bean Inc., Berkeley CA
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    The Orthodox Union certifies Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements.  Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

  • Thursday, December 25th, 10am-5pm, Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus Glueck Center, 515 West 185th St, NY, NY 10033: YARCHEI KALLAH

    December 19, 2014

    Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary invites you to a Yarchei Kallah on Inyanei Eretz Yisrael at this Crucial Moment in History Shemittah and Har HaBayit, Conflict and Community

    For more information please call 212-960-5400 x 6350, Registration Required

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  • This Torah thought is being dedicated to my beloved grandfather, R' Yechiel Michel ben Yaakov Hakohain Sandler z"l, whose yahrtzeit is the 2nd day of Chanukah.

    By: Jeffrey Katz

    BS"D

    And Israel their father said to them: ...and carry down to the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and ladanum, nuts, and almond." (43:11)

    Jacob had now agreed to allow his sons to return to Egypt in order to purchase food during the famine. The 12 tribes and Jacob did not know that the viceroy of Egypt was Joseph. Jacob wants his sons to present a gift to the viceroy in order for them to perhaps gain favor in his eyes.

    The Sforno wants to understand the reason why such an"unusual" gift was suggested by Jacob.The following is the answer given by the Sforno: "If one brings a gift to a greedy man, it must be of great quantity to satisfy his excessive appetite, as was the gift sent by Jacob to Esau. However, when a gift is presented to a generous, important person who lacks nothing, it is better to bring a smaller gift of choice and rare items which he will appreciate better."

    There exists a very important lesson concerning our service to G-d in this very explanation. How so? If G-d lacks nothing, what can we possibly offer Him as a gift?

    As Human Beings we can only offer Him something small, yet it must be of a high quality. What can it possibly be?

    I would like to propose the following answer, B'ezrat Hashem, based on a Gemara in Bava Batra 9a. It states the following: "Rabbi Dostai Ben Yanni lectured: Come and see the difference between a mortal king and Hashem. The nature of a mortal king is that when a person brings him a present, it may or may not be accepted: and even if it is accepted, it is uncertain whether or not the king will receive him. Not so in regard to Hashem. If a person gives just a small coin to a poor man, he is considered worthy to receive the Divine Presence, for it says, "As for me, through charity I will merit to behold Your (G-d's) face (Psalms17: 15). Rabbi Elazar would first give a coin to a poor man and then go to pray."

    It seems apparent from this Gemara that the small yet quality gift Hashem desires from us is charity. This is the means by which an "ordinary" person can possibly have an opportunity to behold G-d. The power inherently contained inside a small coin designated for charitable purposes is enormous, especially before prayer. This is how a Jew presents him or herself before G-d. It's a seemingly small act, yet this is what G-d wants. Can we possibly afford to forego the opportunity? I think not! I would like to illustrate this point with an original parable, B'ezrat Hashem. There once lived a poor village boy. Near his village, a nobleman had an estate with the most magnificent orchard with the world's most beautiful trees. This young village boy often dreamed of being able to grow and nurture his own orchard. Yet, he lacked the necessary funds to accomplish his dream. One day as he was finishing eating an apple, he realized that perhaps he must start small and use the very seeds he is about to throw away. After many years of planting, a great orchard developed. This very orchard became world renowned and admired by many visitors.

    Many of us dream of accomplishing great feats, yet do not know where to begin. Perhaps greatness can be found in the simplest activities, namely a small coin of charity.

    Have a good Shabbos.

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Dec 22, 2014

30 Kislev 5775

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  • Parsha

    Vayigash

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:18 pm

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 8:45 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:25 am

  • Shema

    9:36 am

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

    3:00 pm

  • Daf Yomi

    3:15 pm

  • Sefer Shoftim Shiur

    3:30 pm

  • Mincha

    4:00 pm

  • Havdalah

    5:27 pm

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  • Sunday 12/21 Chanukah
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm

  • Mon.12/22 & Tues. 12/23 Chanukah, Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Daf Yomi during the weeknights is 8:30 pm.

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Wed. 12/24
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Thurs. 12/25 Legal Holiday
  • Shacharis

    TBD & 8:00 am

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm, No Late Maariv

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

    9:15 pm

  • Mussar for Men- Thurs. Evening at Rabbi Marcus Residence

    10:00 pm

  • Night Seder- Mon. thru Thurs.

    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Friday 12/26
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:17 pm

  • Mincha

    4:20 pm