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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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  • KIDDUSHIM:

    March 06, 2015

    March 7, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush, main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

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    March 14, 2015
    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Nechama and Ben Aspir..

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  March  14          April  11, 18, 25
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:                              April  11, 18, 25
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  March  14, 28    April  11, 25

  • Monday, March 9th-13th, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy: SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

    March 06, 2015

    Looking for afikoman, presents and new books for Pesach? Come shop the Scholastic Book Fair at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. The fair is open during the school day from Monday 3/9 through Thursday 3/12 and Wednesday evening until 7 p.m. The fair closes Friday morning 3/13 at 11 a.m. All money raised benefits our library and school.

    Wednesday, March 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. “Underwater Story and Crafts”
    All families with children entering kindergarten are invited to join the JKHA librarian Abbey Roth for an evening of stories and crafts.She will be reading a story in the library to two groups of students, the first beginning at 5:30p.m. followed by a short art project for all, and a second reading of the same story beginning at 6 p.m. Parents must be present either in the library or at the Book Fair while their students are at the storytime. No advance registration required.

    For more information please contact Shira Vickar-Fox, svickar@yahoo.com, or Jill Kirsch, jbpk0629@aol.com. Thank you for helping make our fair a huge success.

  • Wednesday, March 18th, 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.

    March 06, 2015
  • CIS WELCOMES SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RABBI LAWRENCE HAJIOFF, THE SHABBOS OF MARCH 20-21, 2015

    March 06, 2015

    Originally from London, England, Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff graduated with honors in political science from Manchester University. After working for MTV in news production, and winning the national competition ‘Jewish Stand-Up Comedian’ of the Year, Rabbi Hajioff traveled to study in Israel and then Monsey to receive his rabbinical smicha ordination from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach.

    Rabbi Hajioff is the educational director of Birthright Israel Alumni in Manhattan, New York. He has been instrumental in implementing programs for Birthright Israel in Manhattan such as the very successful adult bar and bat mitzvah program which some four hundred people have completed so far. He also leads trips to Israel and Poland three times a year for hundreds of young professionals. On behalf of Birthright Israel, he leads leadership trips to Israel, Poland and Prague.

    Rabbi Hajioff is on the full time faculty of Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. His very popular credited courses include courses on Moshiach, Jewish holidays, Shabbat and many others. He also teaches on the Mechina Introductory Judaic studies program at Stern College. This program includes Shabbatonim on and off campus, and a summer learning program in Israel at the YU campus. He teaches introductory Judaic studies courses, which cover all the foundations of Jewish thought. He recently received the "Professor of the Year" award in Judaic Studies from the senior year students at Stern.

    His very popular book "Jew Got Questions" was published by Feldheim in 2014.
    Rabbi Hajioff lives in Wesley Hills with his wife Anita and their five children.

    * Scholar-in-Residence is sponsored by the Lachs family in memory of Sam Lachs a"h, and to comnmemorate his first yahrtzeit.

  • DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR SHEMURAH MATZAH ORDER FORM AND PAYMENT IN FULL IS FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

    March 06, 2015

    Cost is $22.00 per pound. Order forms can be downloaded from the shul website. Hard copies are also available in the shul office and lobby for your convenience. Payment in full must be submitted with your order. Please make checks payable to Congregation Israel and mark on the memo of your check "Shemurah Matzo order". Pick up will start Tuesday, March 31st, at the shul. Times for pick up to follow via email and phone tree.

  • SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 pm, Crystal Plaza in Livingston: CIS ANNUAL DINNER

    March 06, 2015

    Congregation Israel of Springfield announces it’s 40th Annual Dinner and Tribute Journal!

     Come celebrate with us as we honor the following members of our synagogue.

    RABBI ISRAEL E. TURNER MEMORIAL AWARD, GUESTS OF HONOR – Sara Youner and  Howard Apsan

    EDWARD KONIGSBERG MEMORIAL AWARD – Dr. Bruce Francis

    AISHET CHAYIL AWARD – Dr. Rachel Kohn

    YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD– Daniella and Ben Hoffer

    JOSEPH TAMMAM MEMORIAL YOUTH COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – Jordana Hanover

    This year we are pleased to present the following award.

    COMMUNITY BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD – Joseph J. Fleming, P.E., P.P., Executive Vice President, at Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC

  • HELP KEEP OUR SHUL TIDY!

    March 06, 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

    March 06, 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.

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

    March 06, 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.

    March 06, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    March 06, 2015
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    March 06, 2015

    February 24, 2015: Alert Regal Spice
    Brand: Regal Spice     Product: Ham Soup Base     Company: Clark Associates, Inc. Lancaster PA     Issue: Unauthorized OU

    The Orthodox Union does not certify Regal Spice Ham Soup Base. This product bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not kosher. Corrective actions are being implemented.

    February 23, 2015: Keurig Cafe Mocha Specialty
    Brand: Cafe Escapes     Product: Cafe Mocha Specialty     Company: Keurig     Issue: Unauthorized OU

    The Orthodox Union does not certify Cafe Escapes Cafe Mocha Specialty K-Cups. Some advertising for this product features an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

    February 23, 2015: Grinbin Edamame
    Brand: Grinbin     Product: Edamame Frijol de Soya     Company: Grupo Narcisa S.A. de C.V. Mexico Issue: Unauthorized OU

    Grinbin Edamame snacks bear an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify any Grinbin snacks, sold in Mexico. Corrective measures are being implemented.

    February 11, 2015: Berentzen Apple Liquor
    Brand: Berentzen     Product: Apple Liquor     Company: Berentzen, Haseluenne Germany     Issue: Unauthorized OU

    The Orthodox Union does not certify Berentzen products. Some Berentzen Apple Liquor bottles have labels with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

    February 17, 2015: Rizo Lopez Foods
    Brand: Rizo Lopez     Product: all products     Company: Rizo Lopez Foods, Modesto CA      Issue:

    The Orthodox Union no longer certifies any Rizo Lopez products.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    March 06, 2015

    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!

    March 06, 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!

    March 06, 2015

    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!

    March 06, 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

    March 06, 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 FROM OUR CIS YOUTH DIRECTORS!

    March 06, 2015

    Thank you so much to our amazing volunteers, who helped make the carnival run so smoothly, from set up to clean up, to plastering our community with signs!

    Moishe Adler, Lori Artman, Ben Hoffer, Henryk Janowski, Shlomo Landy, Paul Mazer, Jay Mevorah, John Ricard, Shirley Schwartz, Lloyd Schwartz, Stacy Shanskhalil, Christine Spinner

    Kineret Adler, Sara Alexander, Greg Artman, Beryl Artman, Sammy Artman, Amit Bitansky, Eitan Bitansky, Jordana Hanover, Samantha Hanover, Noah Hanover, Kira Hoffer, Rikki Kaminer, Rafi Kigner, Ariella Konigsberg, Aryeh Marcus, Rivka Marcus, Michael Mevorah, Adira Moesch, Zevi Nusbaum, Jordan Shanskhalil, Danielle Shanskhalil, Ilan Shanskhalil, Jason Silverstein, Lana Stern, Ben Stern, Carmela Warshaw


    Thank you to our youth committee who helped make the Purim carnival run smoothly, from calling sponsors to running the program during Megillah!

    Rachel Beer, Jessica Bienenfeld, Anya Bitansky, Aryeh Czarka, Daniella Hoffer, Andrew Nusbaum, Adam Reich, Josh Smilow

  • Shabbos, February 14th, CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT: SHABBOS LUNCH AT THE MIRETZKY'S.

    March 06, 2015
  • Sunday, February 22nd, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom, CHANICHIM/ CHANICHOT: SCIENCE SHOW

    March 06, 2015
  • Sunday, February 22nd, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classrooms, CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6): EXPERIMENTING WITH COLORS. PLEASE BRING A SMOCK!!

    March 06, 2015


  • Nursery Corner

  • CAMP KITANIM - Registration Is Now Open

    March 06, 2015

    After a wonderful summer last year, CIS is pleased to offer Camp Kitanim once again for children ages 2-3. Electronic forms can be found on the shul website (Nursery Corner) or by emailing the office.

  • Sisterhood Corner

  • SPECIAL THANKS FROM OUR CIS SISTERHOOD!

    March 06, 2015

    Sisterhood would like to thank all those who participated in this years' shalach manos fundraiser.  An extra special thank you to Christine Spinner for her constant help and to those individuals who assisted in delivery throughout town.  This years' basket was packaged by Ricki Nat of Incredible Creations.
     
    We wish you and your families a chag kasher v'sameach. 
    Alisa and Sheila

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

    March 06, 2015
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    March 06, 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

    March 06, 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

  • Adult Study

  • Monday, March 9th, 7:30 pm, home of Elana & Jeremy Erez, 21 Janet Lane.: TAHARAS HAMISHPACHA, 3RD PART REVIEW CLASS FOR MARRIED WOMEN GIVEN BY LEA MARCUS.

    March 06, 2015
  • Shul Activities

  • MARCH BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    March 06, 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.

  • SAVE THE DATE! NO@TS Saturday Night March 14th

    March 06, 2015

  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    March 06, 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:

    March 06, 2015

    March 7, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush, main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

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

    March 14, 2015
    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Nechama and Ben Aspir..

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  March  14          April  11, 18, 25
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:                              April  11, 18, 25
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  March  14, 28    April  11, 25

  • Monday, March 9th-13th, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy: SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

    March 06, 2015

    Looking for afikoman, presents and new books for Pesach? Come shop the Scholastic Book Fair at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. The fair is open during the school day from Monday 3/9 through Thursday 3/12 and Wednesday evening until 7 p.m. The fair closes Friday morning 3/13 at 11 a.m. All money raised benefits our library and school.

    Wednesday, March 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. “Underwater Story and Crafts”
    All families with children entering kindergarten are invited to join the JKHA librarian Abbey Roth for an evening of stories and crafts.She will be reading a story in the library to two groups of students, the first beginning at 5:30p.m. followed by a short art project for all, and a second reading of the same story beginning at 6 p.m. Parents must be present either in the library or at the Book Fair while their students are at the storytime. No advance registration required.

    For more information please contact Shira Vickar-Fox, svickar@yahoo.com, or Jill Kirsch, jbpk0629@aol.com. Thank you for helping make our fair a huge success.

  • CIS WELCOMES SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RABBI LAWRENCE HAJIOFF, THE SHABBOS OF MARCH 20-21, 2015

    March 06, 2015

    Originally from London, England, Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff graduated with honors in political science from Manchester University. After working for MTV in news production, and winning the national competition ‘Jewish Stand-Up Comedian’ of the Year, Rabbi Hajioff traveled to study in Israel and then Monsey to receive his rabbinical smicha ordination from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach.

    Rabbi Hajioff is the educational director of Birthright Israel Alumni in Manhattan, New York. He has been instrumental in implementing programs for Birthright Israel in Manhattan such as the very successful adult bar and bat mitzvah program which some four hundred people have completed so far. He also leads trips to Israel and Poland three times a year for hundreds of young professionals. On behalf of Birthright Israel, he leads leadership trips to Israel, Poland and Prague.

    Rabbi Hajioff is on the full time faculty of Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. His very popular credited courses include courses on Moshiach, Jewish holidays, Shabbat and many others. He also teaches on the Mechina Introductory Judaic studies program at Stern College. This program includes Shabbatonim on and off campus, and a summer learning program in Israel at the YU campus. He teaches introductory Judaic studies courses, which cover all the foundations of Jewish thought. He recently received the "Professor of the Year" award in Judaic Studies from the senior year students at Stern.

    His very popular book "Jew Got Questions" was published by Feldheim in 2014.
    Rabbi Hajioff lives in Wesley Hills with his wife Anita and their five children.

    * Scholar-in-Residence is sponsored by the Lachs family in memory of Sam Lachs a"h, and to comnmemorate his first yahrtzeit.

  • DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR SHEMURAH MATZAH ORDER FORM AND PAYMENT IN FULL IS FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

    March 06, 2015

    Cost is $22.00 per pound. Order forms can be downloaded from the shul website. Hard copies are also available in the shul office and lobby for your convenience. Payment in full must be submitted with your order. Please make checks payable to Congregation Israel and mark on the memo of your check "Shemurah Matzo order". Pick up will start Tuesday, March 31st, at the shul. Times for pick up to follow via email and phone tree.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS"D

    After the Sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe calls for Bnei Yisrael to make a decision. He asks them to stand up for the sake of G-d’s Honor, and take up arms to defend His Name. When commanding those who came forward (32:27), Moshe begins the instructions by saying, “Koh amar Hashem Elokei Yisrael- So said Hashem the God of Israel...” This is the only instance where Moshe, when addressing the Jewish People, uses the phrase, “Hashem the G-d of Israel.” Why here and no other place in the entire Torah? 

    By examining the context of his remarks, I think we can begin to understand why this phrase is employed. Moshe comes down the mountain in furious anger. He proceeds to break the luchos,and confronts the Bnei Yisrael and his brother, Aharon. Moshe, acting as a barometer of the Divine attitude towards the Jews (see Shemoneh Perakim of Rambam for further elaboration of this idea), is clearly demonstrating Divine displeasure. However, even under these trying and tragic circumstances, Moshe is quick to point out that Hashem is still “G-d of Israel.” The newly formed relationship persists in spite of the betrayal. The covenant of commitment forged by the giving of the Torah faces its first serious challenge, and it survives…until this very day.

    Have a great Shabbos.

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  • Parsha

    Ki Sisa

  • Erev Shabbat- Shushan Purim
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    5:35 pm

  • Mincha

    5:40 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 8:45 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:25 am

  • Shema

    9:15 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    4:05 pm

  • Sefer Shoftim Shiur

    4:50 pm

  • Mincha

    5:20 pm

  • Havdalah

    6:45 pm

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  • Sunday 3/8 Daylight Savings Time
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:45 pm

  • Mon.3/9
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:45 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Tahares Mishpacha 3rd part review class for married women, Erez home, 21 Janet Lane

    7:30 pm

  • Tues. 3/10 & Wed. 3/11
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:45 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Thurs. 3/12
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    6:45 pm & 9:00 pm

  • 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 3/13
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    5:49 pm & 6:43 pm

  • Mincha

    5:35 pm & 6:50 pm