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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:

    April 17, 2015

    April 18, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush is co-sponsored by Ricci and Michael Bochner in honor of the birth of their grandson, Levi Avraham. Early minyan kiddush co-sponsored by Harvey Ritter in memory of his mother, Lillian Kessler Ritter.

    Main kiddush is unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by Edna and David Goodman to commemorate the first yahrtzeit of David's mother, Ruby Goodman z"l.

    April 25, 2015

    Kiddush luncheon will be sponsored by Sisterhood in celebration of Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:     May  30
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    April 18     May  9, 23
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    April 25     May  9, 16, 23, 30

  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:45 pm, Congregation Etz Chaim, 1 Lafayette Rd.,Livingston, NJ: COMMUNITY-WIDE YOM HA ZIKARON OBSERVANCE & YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION

    April 17, 2015

    Mincha at 6:45 pm, followed by Yom Hazikaron Program and Yom Ha'atzmaut Chagiga. Live music, refreshments and Maariv! Featuring Guest Speaker, Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 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.

    April 17, 2015
  • COUNTDOWN TO SHUL DINNER!! LESS THAN 2 WEEKS UNTIL THE DINNER!!!

    April 17, 2015

    Please submit your ads & make reservations online or by mail. Go to wizadjournal.com/cisannualdinnerjournal2015/

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

    April 17, 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!

    April 17, 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

    April 17, 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.

    April 17, 2015
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 17th: YESHIVA OF ELIZABETH PTA ANNUAL WALK-A-THON AND FAMILY FUN DAY AT NOMAHEGAN PARK IN CRANFORD, NJ. FOR MORE INFO. CONTACT SHARON KONIGSBERG AT SHARKONIGSBERG@GMAIL.COM

    April 17, 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.

    April 17, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    April 17, 2015
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    April 17, 2015

    April 15, 2015: Romi's Farm Products
    Brand: Romi's     Product: Nabulse Cheese    Company: Romi's Farm Products, Paterson, NJ

    Issue: Unauthorized OU - The Orthodox Union does not certify any Romi's Farm products. Romi's Nabulse Cheese bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented. 

    April 15, 2015: Clover Valley Potato Chips
    Brand: Clover Valley     Product: Sour Cream & Onion Flavored Potato Chips    Company: Dolgencorp LLC, Goodlettsville, TN

    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation- The Orthodox Union certifies Clover Valley Sour Cream & Onion Flavored Potato Chips as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as listed in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some packaging was printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

    April 8, 2015: Beech-Nut
    Brand: Beech-Nut     Product: Stage 3 Cinnamon Raisin Granola    Company: Beech-Nut Nutricion Corporation, Amsterdam, NY

    Issue: The Orthodox Union certifies Beech-Nut Stage 3 Cinnamon Raisin Granola when bearing the OU symbol. Some Stage 3 Cinnamon Raisin Granola were produced without the Orthodox Union’s certification and those labels do not have an OU symbol on them. Consumers are urged to look for the OU Symbol before buying products.

    April 8, 2015: Reisman's Cookies
    Brand: Reisman's     Product: Reisman's Black & White Cookies    Company: Reisman's Bros. Bakery, Brooklyn, NY

    Issue: The Orthodox Union certifies Reisman’s Black & White Cookies. A very small quantity of those cookies were baked before Passover and were mistakenly packaged with labels that state that they were baked after Passover. These mislabeled cookies have been withdrawn from the marketplace.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    April 17, 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!

    April 17, 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!

    April 17, 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!

    April 17, 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

    April 17, 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

  • Shabbos, March 14th, CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT:

    April 17, 2015
  • Sunday, March 22nd, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom, CHANICHIM/ CHANICHOT:

    April 17, 2015
  • Sunday, March 22nd, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classrooms, CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6):

    April 17, 2015


  • Nursery Corner

  • GREAT CAMP JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR A HIGH SCHOOLER, AGE 15+ !

    April 17, 2015

    Camp Kitanim of Congregation Israel of Springfield, led by Director Chelsea Shulman, is currently looking to fill a junior counselor position. The ideal candidate will be energetic, responsible and love working with children. Fun environment, competitive salary, excellent staff. Please email campkitanim@gmail.com to apply.

  • CAMP KITANIM REGISTRATION FORMS ARE DUE APRIL 27, 2015

    April 17, 2015

    Camp Kitanim registration forms are due on APRIL 27TH. Please be sure to submit your paperwork and registration fee to the shul office to hold your spot in camp. Medical forms are due before the first day of camp (please note: if you have a child currently enrolled in the shul school new medical forms are not required). Questions: Please call the shul office 973-467-9666

  • Sisterhood Corner

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

    April 17, 2015
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    April 17, 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

    April 17, 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

  • APRIL BULLETIN SPONSORED BY THE LACHS FAMILY IN MEMORY OF SAM LACHS AND TO COMMEMORATE HIS FIRST YAHRTZEIT.

    April 17, 2015

    May bulletin sponsored by Beth and Marty Aron.

    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

    April 17, 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:

    April 17, 2015

    April 18, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush is co-sponsored by Ricci and Michael Bochner in honor of the birth of their grandson, Levi Avraham. Early minyan kiddush co-sponsored by Harvey Ritter in memory of his mother, Lillian Kessler Ritter.

    Main kiddush is unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by Edna and David Goodman to commemorate the first yahrtzeit of David's mother, Ruby Goodman z"l.

    April 25, 2015

    Kiddush luncheon will be sponsored by Sisterhood in celebration of Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:     May  30
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    April 18     May  9, 23
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    April 25     May  9, 16, 23, 30

  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:45 pm, Congregation Etz Chaim, 1 Lafayette Rd.,Livingston, NJ: COMMUNITY-WIDE YOM HA ZIKARON OBSERVANCE & YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION

    April 17, 2015

    Mincha at 6:45 pm, followed by Yom Hazikaron Program and Yom Ha'atzmaut Chagiga. Live music, refreshments and Maariv! Featuring Guest Speaker, Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 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.

    April 17, 2015

  • COUNTDOWN TO SHUL DINNER!! LESS THAN 2 WEEKS UNTIL THE DINNER!!!

    April 17, 2015

    Please submit your ads & make reservations online or by mail. Go to wizadjournal.com/cisannualdinnerjournal2015/

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS"D

    Especially during the period of SefirasHa’Omer, when we are supposed to be striving for greater sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others, I believe the following dvar torah from Rabbi MordechaiSchifman is quite meaningful.

    Among the non-kosher birds listed in this week's parsha is the "chasida" -"stork".  The Talmud explains that a chasida is so named because the stork performs acts of "chesed" - "kindness" for her friends. The Ramban teaches that since the creatures which we are prohibited to eat exhibit negative character traits, consumption of them would infuse a person with these traits. In light of this, it is difficult to reconcile the Ramban's teaching with the Talmud's explanation of the name "chasida".

    The KotzkerRebbe explains that since the chasida only performs kind acts for her friends, this too is considered a negative trait. However, it is still difficult to understand since the negative trait of the chasida is that it doesn't perform chesed for those who are not her friends, yet the Torah is identifying her by the chesed she does do, which is not negative.

    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig shlitasuggests that the Talmud is teaching us that kind acts that a person performs for his friends should be done out of commitment and obligation to the relationship. Viewing all that we do for friends as acts of "chesed" is a negative trait. Therefore, the chasida is being defined by a negative trait, not a positive one.

    Have a great Shabbos and a ChodeshTov.

    P.S. People have brought to my attention that many of the carrots currently being sold in Shoprite are from Israel. Being that this year is a Shemittah year in Israel, the major US kashrus organizations advise against purchasing Israeli produce from stores like Shoprite and Costco. Although there are certainly halachic authorities that were permit it, I wanted to make you aware of the issue.

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Apr 19, 2015

30 Nisan 5775

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  • Parsha

    Sazria-Metzora

  • Erev Shabbat 4/17

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:16 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:27 pm

  • Mincha

    6:00 pm & 7:20 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Shema

    9:35 am

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

    5:15 pm

  • Daf Yomi

    5:45 pm

  • Perkei Avot Shiur

    6:40 pm

  • Mincha

    7:10 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:36 pm

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  • Sunday 4/19 Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:30 pm

  • Mon.4/20 Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:30 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:15 pm

  • Tues. 4/21 & Wed. 4/22 Yom HaZikaron
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:30 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Thurs. 4/23 Yom Ha'Atzmaut
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:30 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 4/24
  • Shacharis

    6:15 amd & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:21 pm & 7:27 pm

  • Mincha

    6:05 pm & 7:30 pm

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