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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 26, 2016

    May 28, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are sponsored by Diane and Rick Covkin to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Rick's mother Rose; Rick's father Harry; Rick's Aunt Sadie; and Diane's father David.

    Shalosh Seudos is be sponsored by Sharon and Steve Langert.

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    June 4, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored in honor of this year's graduates.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 4, 18, 25          July 9, 16, 23, 30
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 18, 25        July 2, 16, 23, 30
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  June 4, 11, 18, 25    July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • GRADUATION KIDDUSH ON JUNE 4, 2016

    May 20, 2016
    We want to invite anyone with a graduate interested in participating/sponsoring the graduation kiddush on June 4th to please contact stacyshans@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday & Thursday night, 8:30 - 9:30 PM: Beis Medrash Learning @ CIS

    May 20, 2016
    Come be a part of the learning going on in our Beis Medrash with a special new program! Come with your chavrusa, or learn with one of the BML Fellows that will be joining us both nights, or just learn on your own in the Beis Medrash.

    Additionally, there will be interactive chaburos both nights for those interested. Tuesday night there will be a Halacha Chabura, and Thursday night there will be a Gemara B'Iyun Chabura.
  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    May 20, 2016

    We are looking for volunteers to say tehillim from home on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or windeast@comcast.net.

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SHUL SECURITY

    May 20, 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 20, 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!!!

    May 20, 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.
  • JOIN SPRINGFIELD'S TIFERES GROUP! Tiferes, a Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation program for women.

    May 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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.

  • 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 20, 2016
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    May 20, 2016
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    May 20, 2016

    May 17, 2016:  HyVee Pancake & Sausage

    Brand: HyVee     Product: Pancake & Sausage on a Stick     Company: Hy-Vee, Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa     Issue: Unauthorized OU D

    The Orthodox Union does not certify HyVee Pancake & Sausage on a Stick.  This product is not kosher and bears an unauthorized OU D symbol.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

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

    May 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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.

  • Nursery Corner

  • 2016 CAMP KITANIM

    May 20, 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 20, 2016
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    May 20, 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 20, 2016

    Sisterhood has tribute cards. All Purpose and Memorial Cards Available - 5 for $10 or 10 for $18 * Please contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or via email at windeast@comcast.net.

  • 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 20, 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 20, 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 26, 2016

    May 28, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are sponsored by Diane and Rick Covkin to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Rick's mother Rose; Rick's father Harry; Rick's Aunt Sadie; and Diane's father David.

    Shalosh Seudos is be sponsored by Sharon and Steve Langert.

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

    June 4, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored in honor of this year's graduates.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 4, 18, 25          July 9, 16, 23, 30
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 18, 25        July 2, 16, 23, 30
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  June 4, 11, 18, 25    July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • GRADUATION KIDDUSH ON JUNE 4, 2016

    May 20, 2016

    We want to invite anyone with a graduate interested in participating/sponsoring the graduation kiddush on June 4th to please contact stacyshans@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday & Thursday night, 8:30 - 9:30 PM: Beis Medrash Learning @ CIS

    May 20, 2016

    Come be a part of the learning going on in our Beis Medrash with a special new program! Come with your chavrusa, or learn with one of the BML Fellows that will be joining us both nights, or just learn on your own in the Beis Medrash.

    Additionally, there will be interactive chaburos both nights for those interested. Tuesday night there will be a Halacha Chabura, and Thursday night there will be a Gemara B'Iyun Chabura.
  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    May 20, 2016

    We are looking for volunteers to say tehillim from home on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or windeast@comcast.net.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

    This Dvar Torah from Rav Yosef Rimon, Rav in Alon Shvut, Rebbe in Yeshivat Har Etzion, founder of JobKatif, is an innovative and beautiful explanation of the significance of Lag B'Omer (Wednesday night-Thursday). Enjoy!!
     
    Why do we rejoice on Lag Ba’Omer? On this day, the transmission of our Torah tradition (“masoret”) was renewed in Am Yisrael after the demise of Rabbi Akiva’s students.

    If we examine the personalities of Rabbi Akiva‘s five newest students, we will be able to delve into the character of the renewed Torah on Lag Ba’Omer. Each of Rabbi Akiva’s new students were figures of immense stature and strengths – yet each had distinct traits as well. They were dubbed “our sages from the south.”

    Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai was among the greatest of our sages. However, he was different from his fellow students. For example, he held opposing views to Rabbi Yehuda in matters of principle – Halachic questions and political positions regarding the Romans which had great impact on the Jews at that time.

    Rabbi Yehuda bar Ilai was known as one of the Hassidim among the Tannaim. The Gemara in Baba Kama states that when a story of a Hassid was related it referred to either Rabbi Yehuda ben Baba or Rabbi Yehuda bar Ilai. In many Halachic disputes among the Tannaim, the ruling follows his position. He was such a great and holy sage that it was said that each Erev Shabbat he resembled “a divine angel.” He was the foremost speaker wherever he appeared and among the nation’s giants who led the national rebirth after the demise of Rabbi Akiva’s students. At the same time, he opposed Rabbi Shimon frequently on Halachic and political matters.

    Rabbi Meir was another Tanna with rare powers. The Gemara in Eiruvin tells us that it is clear to Hashem that no one compares to Rabbi Meir in his generation. In addition, his learning approach was special and different from his peers. The Gemara explains that the reason Halacha was not ruled according to his opinions is that his fellow sages could not grasp his thinking. And why was he named Rabbi Meir? Because he enlightened other sages in matters of Halacha. He also learned Torah in a manner not accepted by his colleagues – he learned Torah from “Acher” (the other), Elisha ben Avuya, even though the great majority of our sages found this inappropriate. Despite his unique views, he stated that he would never oppose the rulings of his fellow Rabbis.

    Rabbi Yossi was a great sage, yet he also distinguished himself in the realm of human relations. The Gemara in Shabbat relates that Rabbi Yossi would join the Cohanim for their priestly benediction – even though he was not a Cohen – just to cause his friends to rejoice. This was highly unusual and obviously caused Halachic disputes. Like Rabbi Meir, he stated that he would never oppose the rulings of his fellow Rabbis.

    Rabbi Elazar be Shamua differed with his peers on many topics. However, in Pirkei Avot 4, 12 he states: The dignity of your student should be as precious to you as your own; the dignity of your colleague, as your awe of your master; and your awe of your master as your awe of Heaven. Rabbi Elazar also extolled peace, saying “Great is peace, which our prophets implanted in the minds of human beings.” (Sifre, Naso, 42).

    These five students of Rabbi Akiva were blessed with outstanding qualities, very different from each other. And yet, they showed each other mutual respect. Thus, these students generated a renewed Torah, correcting the Torah of the first students who were punished. Not only do they show each other respect – they do so despite their differences. They were able to show respect to those very differences!

    Midrash Raba (Kohelet, 11, 6) tells us that the students of Rabbi Akiva perished because they were jealous of each other’s Torah. The Responsa Tashbetz explains that their lack of respect for each other caused a Chilul Hashem and a desecration of the Torah, since people would say “how unfortunate for those who learn Torah.”
    Therefore, we see that on Lag Ba’Omer, not only was the study of Torah renewed following the death of the students, but the Torah itself was renewed. This Torah proclaims that varying opinions and powerful differences can co-exist in a spirit of friendship, love and mutual appreciation. This is the Torah of Lag Ba’Omer. This is the reason we rejoice on Lag Ba’Omer. It is possible that for this very reason, it is their Torah that survives for the generations; a Torah based on loving kindness, and mutual appreciation and admiration is the Torah for the generations.

    We can thus learn how the counting of the Omer is a time of preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuot. During the first period of the counting we observe certain customs of mourning. We grasp the grave implications of the absence of mutual respect. During the second period – from Lag Ba’Omer until Shavuot – we go into high gear of preparations for receiving the Torah by learning Torah intensively, out of joy and appreciation for our fellow Jews varying viewpoints, as different as they may be. This is Torah “for the sake of heaven” (l’shaym shamayim). This is Torah for the generations.
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    P.S. We are looking for sponsors for Shavuos night shiurim (in memory of a loved one, for a yahrtzeit, etc.), and volunteers to help with the preparation and serving of refreshments on Shavuos night. If interested and able, please contact Rabbi Marcus at ravmook1@aol.com or the shul office as soon as possible.

    Thanks so much and good Shabbos!

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May 27, 2016

19 Iyyar 5776

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  • Parsha

    Behar

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:47 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    8:00 pm

  • Mincha

    6:30 pm & 8:00 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:12 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    6:25 pm

  • Pirkei Avot Shiur

    7:10 pm

  • Mincha

    7:40 pm

  • Havdalah

    9:09 pm

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  • Sunday 5/29
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:30 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm

  • Mon. 5/30 Memorial Day
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Tues. 5/31 & Wed. 6/1
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

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

    8:30 pm

  • Tues. & Thurs. Evenings: Beis Medrash Learning at CIS

    8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

  • Thurs. 6/2
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Tefillah Shiur- Thurs. Evening at Marcus residence

    10:00 pm

  • Friday 6/3
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:52 pm & 8:06 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm & 8:05 pm