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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

  • FIRST EVER PARSHA ON THE LAWN THIS SHABBOS!

    July 18, 2014

    First ever Parsha on The Lawn this Shabbos!
    Please join us for a relaxing afternoon getting to know other shul members, enjoying some treats and hearing some Torah.

    Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend!
    When: This Shabbos 4:30 PM
    Where: Backyard of Adam & Ariana Reich 29 Cypress Terrace

    Thank you to the following families for hosting this event: Reich, Smilow, Bienenfeld, Erez and Konigsberg

  • SHUL'S BACK PARKING LOT - REMOVABLE OF THE OLD & INSTALLATION OF A NEW FENCE THE WEEK OF JULY 21, 2014

    July 18, 2014

    Please do not park your cars by the back fence in the shul parking lot the week of July 21st. Removal of the old fence and installation of a new fence will begin July 21st and will take a few days for completion. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • ISRAELI SOLIDARITY PROGRAM

    July 18, 2014

    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is planning an Israel Solidarity program on Monday July 21st, 9:30 am – 10:15 am, at the Alex Aidekman Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, in Whippany NJ. The program seeks to bring together U.S. Senators and N.J. Congressmen with the Israeli Consul General and our community to show our support for Israel. CIS is a sponsor of this event.

  • Thursday, July 24th, 7:30 pm, Residence of Mark Levenson at 21 Ferris Drive,West Orange, NJ: ZOA PARLOR MEETING

    July 18, 2014
  • PARTICIPATE IN THE MITZVAH OF SHMITTAH

    July 18, 2014

    An organization called KEREN HASHVIIS (approved by Rabbi Marcus) has a program where a group can raise a minimum of $1000 to lease a 100 sq. meter piece of farm land in Israel. This money goes to the farmer to help him pay his expenses while the land stays fallow for the year. Thus whomever is part of the group gets the Mitzvah of SHMITTAH (which we couldn't otherwise get).

    Keren Hashviis issues a shtar to one person and all others in the group will make a kinyan with him for their share of the total.

    The minimum pledge is $78. (There are those who have pledged higher)

    A sign up sheet is available in the Bet Medrash and the office.

    An email will be sent out about 8/15 for payments and collections will close 8/30. All checks will be made payable to : KEREN HASHVIIS and given to Howard Titen or the office.

  • SHMIRA PROJECT: CONNECT WITH AND SUPPORT MANY OF ACHEINU B' YISRAEL.

    July 18, 2014

    The website, shmiraproject.com, is the place to register for a beautiful program. You sign up to receive the name of an active soldier in the IDF who is interested in having someone pray and do mitzvos specifically on his or her behalf.

    The Shmira Project is a person to person match that everyone can do. It follows the ancient practice of pairing physical effort with spiritual effort. The families of soldiers enjoy the reassurance of spiritual support for their children. Participants enjoy knowing that they bring about unity and connectedness. There are absolutely no fees.

    Please sign up today!

  • KIDDUSHIM

    July 18, 2014

    Planning a shul or community event? Please note, all shul functions need to be approved and added to the shul calendar to ensure  there are no date conflicts. In addition, any community events submitted for the bulletin need calendar approval. All calendar related items should be forwarded to  Anya Bitansky at anya@bitansky.com

    July 19, 2014

    The Early Minyan kiddush is sponsored Ruth and Jeff Singer in honor of Eytan Konigsberg and Jason Tammam for their outstanding communal leadership in the early morning minyan and in observance of Rabbi Norman E. Singer's z"l, 19th yahrtzeit, another outstanding community leader.

    Main kiddush is unsponsored this week.

    Shalosh Seudos is co-sponsored by David Goodman and Eytan Konigsberg on their siyum.

    Early Minyan Kiddush

    Available Dates:   July 26    August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    Main Kiddush

    Available Dates:   July 26    August 9, 16, 23, 30

    Shalosh SeudosAvailable Dates:    July 26    August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • SHUL COATROOM: PLEASE REMOVE ALL PERSONAL ITEMS FROM THE COATROOM. ANY ITEMS LEFT OVER WILL BE DISCARDED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

    July 18, 2014
  • 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.

    July 18, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    July 18, 2014
  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD- 42 CENTER STREET

    July 18, 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 Ashley Weinstein at (732) 433-7196.


  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    July 18, 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!

    July 18, 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!

    July 18, 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.

  • Youth Corner

  • YOUTH SHALOSH SEUDOS PROGRAM: Due to Taco's surgery, there will be no Shalosh Seudos this week.

    July 18, 2014
  • Sunday, June 8th, 10:30 am, CIS Classroom.: CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT (Ages 7-12) SCIENCEMANIA!!!

    July 18, 2014

    Come join us for a rockin morning of fun and amazing projects that will blow your mind!!!

  • Sunday, June 22nd, 5:00 pm, Miretzky Residence at 345 Mountain Ave.: TEEN BBQ

    July 18, 2014

    Teen BBQ and elections for our first youth council. All teens that want to be a part of the youth council must show up and all group leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.

  • Sunday, July 6th, 11:00 am, CIS Classroom: CHAMUDIM (Ages 2-6) SCIENCEMANIA!!

    July 18, 2014

    Chamudim are invited to join us as we take part in some super cool science projects!!!

  • Nursery Corner

  • CIS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM- REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

    July 18, 2014

    Full time  and  part time program available for 2 and 3 year olds. Join our fun, exciting program with professional, loving teachers. Sensory friendly program with both Judaic/secular academics working on all developmental areas. Registration forms are available in the shul office. For more information, please contact Naomi Lieberman at 917-940-6277.

  • Sisterhood Corner

  • SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING: WEDNESDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 13, 2014, 8:00 PM IN SHUL.

    July 18, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    July 18, 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

    July 18, 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

  • JULY AND AUGUST BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    July 18, 2014

    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.

  • BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 30, 2014, 7:00 PM, SHUL SOCIAL HALL

    July 18, 2014
  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    July 18, 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

  • FIRST EVER PARSHA ON THE LAWN THIS SHABBOS!

    July 18, 2014

    First ever Parsha on The Lawn this Shabbos!
    Please join us for a relaxing afternoon getting to know other shul members, enjoying some treats and hearing some Torah.

    Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend!
    When: This Shabbos 4:30 PM
    Where: Backyard of Adam & Ariana Reich 29 Cypress Terrace

    Thank you to the following families for hosting this event: Reich, Smilow, Bienenfeld, Erez and Konigsberg

  • SHUL'S BACK PARKING LOT - REMOVABLE OF THE OLD & INSTALLATION OF A NEW FENCE THE WEEK OF JULY 21, 2014

    July 18, 2014

    Please do not park your cars by the back fence in the shul parking lot the week of July 21st. Removal of the old fence and installation of a new fence will begin July 21st and will take a few days for completion. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • ISRAELI SOLIDARITY PROGRAM

    July 18, 2014

    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is planning an Israel Solidarity program on Monday July 21st, 9:30 am – 10:15 am, at the Alex Aidekman Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, in Whippany NJ. The program seeks to bring together U.S. Senators and N.J. Congressmen with the Israeli Consul General and our community to show our support for Israel. CIS is a sponsor of this event.

  • Thursday, July 24th, 7:30 pm, Residence of Mark Levenson at 21 Ferris Drive,West Orange, NJ: ZOA PARLOR MEETING

    July 18, 2014

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

    In the very beginning of this week’s parsha, the power of speech is evident. Thus, it should come as no surprise that one’s self-esteem, relationships, and overall perspective on life, can be significantly improved by adhering to the Torah’s guidelines for shemiras halashon – guarding our tongues, and not to speak negatively about others. Thus, it is ideal during this time of year, when we focus on the nature of our exile and our current spiritual predicament, to work on this area of our collective personal growth. For those who have joined our Machsom L’fi, or those will work on it on their own, here are some rules:

     ·         One should not speak negatively about another claiming that “it is just a joke!” Even though it is a mere jest, it is still lashon hara.

    ·         Even when information about a certain individual is public knowledge, one is not necessarily allowed to speak of it. Rabbi Asher Weiss, a well respected contemporary halachik authority in Israel, gave the following recommendation: if it does not directly concern you, then you most probably have no reason and thus, no right, to discuss it. 

    ·         Contrary to popular opinion, when making a general statement about a large group of people (e.g. members of a particular organization), the problem of lashon hara is not mitigated. Some people mistakenly tend to think that because one is not speaking about a specific individual it is not forbidden. In fact, just the opposite is true: the sin is compounded as you are speaking ill of so many!

    ·         Under certain circumstances the Torah allows one to speak negatively about another. However, even in these special cases one has to be sensitive as to how the information is conveyed. It should be done in an objective, non-emotional fashion, in a manner that does not overstate the issues at hand.

    ·          One is prohibited from divulging information told to him in confidence. According to the Rambam, revealing a secret actually falls under the category of lashon hara

    ·         When dealing with the circumstances that relating derogatory information is permitted, i.e. when it is l’toeles – for the purpose of preventing an individual from a damaging situation (e.g. regarding a potential spouse, or perhaps a business partner), the speaker must try to make sure that his intentions are not to hurt the one he is speaking negatively about, but to benefit the person he is speaking to.    

    ·         In a l’toeles situation, the speaker has to be careful not to exaggerate in any way, and to be sure to clarify what information is firsthand knowledge, and what is not. Additionally, only directly relevant information can be related. If it is not significant for the situation at hand, it is not allowed to be shared.

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Jul 22, 2014

24 Tammuz 5774

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  • Parsha

    Masei

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:54 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    8:01 pm

  • Mincha

    6:40 pm & 8:10 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Shema

    9:22 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    6:35 pm

  • Shiur given by R' Aron Srolovitz-"Who is the G-d of Abraham?"

    7:15 pm

  • Mincha

    7:50 pm

  • Havdalah

    9:09 pm

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  • Sunday 7/20
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Daf Yomi

    7:15 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:10 pm

  • Mon. 7/21
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:10 pm

  • Daf Yomi Mon. - Thurs. Evening, 8:30 pm

  • Tues. 7/22 & Wed. 7/23
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:10 pm

  • Thurs. 7/24
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:10 pm

  • Night Seder- Mon.,Wed.,Thurs.

    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Friday 7/25
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:49 pm & 8:01 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm & 8:05 pm