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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

  • YASHER KOASH

    August 28, 2015

    Big Yasher Koash to several individuals who came out to the Mikvah on a Sunday to help clear weeds at the mikvah, including Miriam Stern, Ben Stern, and Avi Stern, who also enlisted a few of Avi's classmates to graciously come to Springfield and help out, and Steven Langert, who got right into the community spirit, braving the wildlife and pulling weeds with the rest……This is how it's done, people!

  • JEWISH LINK SUMMER ART CONTEST, DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ART IS MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015

    August 28, 2015

    Want to publish your child's artwork? Here's your chance! Ask your child to draw something that has a summer theme and send in your child's work of art by this coming Monday, August 31st to artcontest@jewishlinknj.com or mail it to PO Box 3131, Teaneck, NJ 07666. We will be publishing a selection of artwork in the annual guide and giving out a $25 Toys R Us gift certificate to the top three artists.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    August 28, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by the Apsan family to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Sara's mother, Jeanette Young.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12, 19,  26
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12,  19,  26
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   September  12,  19,  26

  • 5776/2015 HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES SCHEDULE

    August 28, 2015

    The High Holiday Ticket Order Form will be required for you to complete and bring with you for any additional seats you might be purchasing beyond those included with your membership.

    If you are not requesting seating changes and not purchasing additional seats for relatives and guests, please contact the office directly at 973-467-9666 or email at cis-office@congregationisrael.org, and your tickets will be mailed to you. Please inform the office if you will be attending services for both or one of the holidays. Please come no later than 15 minutes before any of the closing times to buy tickets. After 9:00 PM, Thursday, September 10th, the Seating Committee will be unable to hold your seats.

    Dates:                                                            Times:
    Tuesday, September 1st                                    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
       Friday, September 4th                                    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Sunday, September 6th                                    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Thursday, September 10th                                  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Tuesday, August 25th, 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.

    August 28, 2015
  • SHATNEZ TESTING: some things just don't mix (the prohibition of the mixture of wool and linen in garments)

    August 28, 2015

    Have you bought any new clothes for the High Holidays and Yom Tov? Do you have any suits, skirts, coats, jackets, etc. in your closet that haven't been checked for SHATNEZ? Well, their is no time like the present to get them checked!

    Keevy Fried will make sure your clothing is tested and any linen/wool mixtures will be removed. Please contact Keevy for guidance on what needs to be tested for Shatnez and for actual testing (SpringfieldShatnez@gmail.com or 973.232.6771)

  • 13TH ANNUAL HIGH HOLIDAY KIBBUDIM AUCTION * Wednesday Evening September 9, 2015

    August 28, 2015

    Join in the fun of bidding on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah Honors for yourself, relatives, friends or guests.  Many of the successful bids are at reasonable prices, so don’t count yourself out.  Aliyahs, Maftirs, Maftir Yonah, Haggbahs, Gelilahs, Ark Openings, Kol Nidre Torahs, Yizkor Torahs and Neilah – all will be auctioned – as well as Ata Hareisa for Simchat Torah!  

    Come bid, enjoy a light dinner, desserts and beverages -- all while helping support our Shul.

     ****** NEW NIGHT ***** Wednesday Evening, September 9, 2015

    Bidding starts after Ma’ariv Approximately 7:30 p.m. in the Shul Social Hall

     * *  Can’t make it?  Provide silent bids in advance to Auction Co-chairs * *

    For more information or placing silent bids, please call the Shul Office at 973-467-9666 or send email to adam.hanover@cohnreznick.com

     L’Shana Tova ! 

    Sam Alexander and Harry Czinn

    2015 High Holiday Auction Co-chairs

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

    August 28, 2015
    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. 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

    August 28, 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!

    August 28, 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

    August 28, 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

    August 28, 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.

    August 28, 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.

    August 28, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    August 28, 2015
  • KOSHER BAGELS SUPREME: CHALLAH AND FISH ORDERS FOR HIGH HOLIDAYS

    August 28, 2015

    If you are interested in purchasing challah and/or fish for the High Holidays, please place your orders by September 8, 2015 for Rosh HaShana and September 17, 2015 for Yom Kippur.

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    August 28, 2015

    August 13, 2015: La Fe Seasoned Rice
    Brand: La Fe   Product: All varieties of seasoned rice  Company: La Fe Food Company, Moonachie, NJ  Issue: Varieties of seasoned rice, including Yellow Rice, Seasoned Rice & Black Beans, Mexican Style Seasoned Rice and Seasoned Rice & Red Beans, bear an unauthorized OU and are not kosher. Corrective action has been implemented. If consumers see this product on the market they are asked, if possible, to take a picture of it and report the location to kosherq@ou.org.

    August 11, 2015: Toosum Oatmeal Bars
    Brand: Toosum   Product: Blueberry & Greek Yogurt Oatmeal Bars  Company: Toosum Healthy Foods, Seatle WA  Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    The Orthodox Union certifies Toosum Blueberry & Greek Yogurt Oatmeal Bars as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated on the ingredient and allergen statements. Some packaging was labeled with a plain OU mark, without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.



  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    August 28, 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!

    August 28, 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!

    August 28, 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). For more info. go to 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. ** Orders for chalah and fish during the High Holidays should be placed by the following dates: Rosh HaShana - September 8, 2015 Yom Kippur - September 17, 2015

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

    August 28, 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

    August 28, 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

  • WELCOME EVENT! SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 9:30 AM IN THE SHUL

    August 28, 2015

    For children and parents, a "Get-to-know-you breakfast" with our new youth directors, Michal and Josh Geiger, on Sunday, August 30 at 9:30 AM at the Shul.

  • ATTENTION: REGARDING SHABBOS GROUPS FOR CHILDREN UNDER KINDERGARTEN AGE.

    August 28, 2015

    ATTENTION:

    This Shabbos (Parshat Shoftim 8/22/15), there will be no formal groups for children under kindergarten/primer age. Instead, the large classroom will be open to children under kindergarten/primer age to use only with parent supervision. Groups for children kindergarten/primer age and up will operate as usual. We ask that parents help ensure that everything is put away at the end of the morning.

    Hakaras Hatov to the Youth Leaders,  Beryl Artman, Genah Grossman, Mark Grossman, Sara Alexander, and Kineret Adler. Special thanks to Daniella Hoffer for organizing this Summer's Shabbos groups. Please contact Andrew Nusbaum, CISYouthChair@gmail.com, to find out how you can get involved.

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS BABYSITTING SCHEDULE

    August 28, 2015

    Babysitting available for ages 12 months through 10 years. Cost: $1/day/per child. Includes light lunch
    * Please register for babysitting when you pick up your holiday seating tickets, or by emailing CISYouthChair@gmail.com. Checks payable to Congregation Israel of Springfield (note on memo of check: Holiday Babysitting)

    Rosh Hashana:
    9/14/15..... 10am-2pm
    9/15/15..... 10am-2pm

    Yom Kippur:
    9/22/15..... Kol Nidre 6:30pm-9:30pm
    9/23/15..... Shachris/Mussaf 10am-3pm
    9/23/15..... N'ila 5pm-8pm

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

    August 28, 2015
  • Sunday, June 7th, at 1:00 pm, Florham Park Roller Rink, 192 Ridgedale Ave.,Florham Park, NJ 07932: CHANICHIM/ CHANICOT ROLLER SKATING

    August 28, 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.

    August 28, 2015
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    August 28, 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

    August 28, 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

  • SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

    August 28, 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

    August 28, 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

  • YASHER KOASH

    August 28, 2015

    Big Yasher Koash to several individuals who came out to the Mikvah on a Sunday to help clear weeds at the mikvah, including Miriam Stern, Ben Stern, and Avi Stern, who also enlisted a few of Avi's classmates to graciously come to Springfield and help out, and Steven Langert, who got right into the community spirit, braving the wildlife and pulling weeds with the rest……This is how it's done, people!

  • JEWISH LINK SUMMER ART CONTEST, DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ART IS MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015

    August 28, 2015

    Want to publish your child's artwork? Here's your chance! Ask your child to draw something that has a summer theme and send in your child's work of art by this coming Monday, August 31st to artcontest@jewishlinknj.com or mail it to PO Box 3131, Teaneck, NJ 07666. We will be publishing a selection of artwork in the annual guide and giving out a $25 Toys R Us gift certificate to the top three artists.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    August 28, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by the Apsan family to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Sara's mother, Jeanette Young.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12, 19,  26
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12,  19,  26
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   September  12,  19,  26

  • 5776/2015 HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES SCHEDULE

    August 28, 2015

    The High Holiday Ticket Order Form will be required for you to complete and bring with you for any additional seats you might be purchasing beyond those included with your membership.

    If you are not requesting seating changes and not purchasing additional seats for relatives and guests, please contact the office directly at 973-467-9666 or email at cis-office@congregationisrael.org, and your tickets will be mailed to you. Please inform the office if you will be attending services for both or one of the holidays. Please come no later than 15 minutes before any of the closing times to buy tickets. After 9:00 PM, Thursday, September 10th, the Seating Committee will be unable to hold your seats.

    Dates:                                                            Times:
    Tuesday, September 1st                                    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
       Friday, September 4th                                    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Sunday, September 6th                                    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Thursday, September 10th                                  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

                  Rav Shlomo Aviner, Chief Rabbi of the Beit El community and head of Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim in the Old City of Jerusalem, asks a number of questions about an event that is recounted in this week’s parsha, Ki Saitzai. The Torah tells us, Zachor es asher asa Hashem Elokeicha l’Miriam baderech b’tzeischem miMitzrayim – Remember what Hashem, your God, did to Miriam on the way, when you were leaving Egypt.” (24:9) This pasuk is referring to Bamidbar, chapter 12, when Miriam speaks ill of Moshe, and is punished with an affliction of tzara’as. Rav Aviner is puzzled by the severity of the sentence administered to the prophetess for such a seemingly insignificant sin, after all:

    1)      Everything Miriam said was true;

    2)      She only said it in private;

    3)      She only said it to another family member, Aharon, the Kohen Gadol;

    4)      She only meant for the betterment of Moshe and the world;

    5)      Moshe wouldn’t really be insulted- he was the most humble of people;

    6)      She was speaking about her little brother whom she loved dearly!

    Both, according to Rambam (in the Laws of Impurity) and Ramban (in his comments on the abovementioned verse), the questions themselves are the answers:

    1)      Lashon HaRa (Evil Speech) is a serious problem, certainly not an insignificant sin,’ and it includes even true statements;

    2)      Even when said to only one other person, it is still problematic;

    3)      Even when that ‘one other person’ is a relative;

    4)      Even when the intentions are good, it does not necessarily make it permitted;

    5)      Even regarding a person who does not get insulted (is there such a person?);

    6)      Even when you love the person being spoken about!

    Remembering what happened to Miriam is a constant reminder to take what comes out of our mouths seriously. Comments that are ostensibly harmless, or meant in ‘good fun,’ could actually be very hurtful and damaging. Let’s be careful and learn from Miriam’s mistake. May we all merit to guard our tongues properly.

    Have a great Shabbos, and a Kesiva V’Chasima Tova.

     

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  • Parsha

    Ki Savo

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:14 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:06 pm

  • Mincha

    5:55 pm & 7:20 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:39 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    5:35 pm

  • Halacha Shiur, Part 2- "Shemitas Kesafim: Whose Money Is it?"

    6:30 pm

  • Mincha

    7:00 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:14 pm

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  • Sunday 8/30
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:20 pm

  • Mon.8/31
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:15 pm

  • Tues. 9/1 & Wed. 9/2
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:15 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Tues. Evening

    8:15 pm

  • Thurs. 9/3
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:15 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 9/4
  • Shacharis

    6:15 pm & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:05 pm & 7:07 pm

  • Mincha

    5:45 pm & 7:10 pm