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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

  • WELCOME TO THE OUR WAY ORGANIZATION WHO WILL BE JOINING US THIS SHABBOS.

    October 24, 2014

    Welcome to R' Eliezer Lederfeind, Director of the Our Way Organization and to the staff and members of Our Way, who will be joining us this Shabbos.

    The Our Way Shabbaton is sponsored by Dr. Bruce Francis, l'zecher nishmas Faigie Wiederman-Francis who devoted her career to caring for the hearing impaired, and in honor of her daughter Miriam (Jennie Rokach) who continues in her footsteps.

    Thank you to Jessica and Avidan Bienenfeld for coordinating the Shabbaton!

  • SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO HELPED DECONSTRUCT THE SHUL'S SUKKAH.

    October 24, 2014

    Special thanks to Sam Alexander, Rick Covkin, David Goodman, Ben Hoffer, Charles Larkin, Arthur Sandman, Zach Sandman and Joel Shulman who graciously volunteered to help deconstruct the shul's sukkah.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    October 24, 2014

    October 25, 2014
    Early minyan kiddush is unsponsored.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Rebecca and Hal Levy in honor of the entire Congregation Israel community - with much appreciation for welcoming us into the community and for your generous hospitality. We are so fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community and are grateful for your constant care and friendship..

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by members of the community in honor of Adam Sheps.

    Early Minyan Kiddush November   8, 15, 22, 29
    Main Kiddush November   29
    Shalosh Seudos Novermber  8, 29

  • KASHRUT ALERT, October 22, 2014:

    October 24, 2014

    Kosher Alert Countryside Creamery

    Brand: Countryside Creamery
    Product: Homestyle Spread (Margarine)
    Company: Aldi Inc.
    Issue: Missing D Dairy Designation

    Homestyle Spread (margarine) is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D Dairy product. This product contains milk as indicated on the ingredient panel. Some packaging was printed without the D Dairy designation. Packaging has been revised.

    Kosher Alert New York Youth Club

    Brand: New York Youth Club
    Product: Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Company: New York Youth Club, Happauge NY
    Issue: Unauthorized OU

    New York Youth Club's Chocolate Chip Cookies bear an unauthorized OU Pareve mark.  The Orthodox Union does not certify any NYYC cookies.  Corrective measures are being implemented.
  • Sunday, October 26th, 12:00 pm, 10 Microlab Road, Livingston, NJ 07039: FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE WALK AND FAMILY FUN DAY

    October 24, 2014

    Enjoy free food and activities with friends and family! For more information, go to www.fcwalk.com.

    Support Team Batya (Czarka) and Team Cole (Mevorah)!

  • Sunday, November 2nd, 9am - 1pm, Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ: STEP UP FOR ISRAEL ADVOCACY SUMMIT

    October 24, 2014

    Free and open to the public. Register and learn more at www.jfedgmw.org/summit or call 973-929-3064.

  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 8PM AT CIS: MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD RAFFLE AND CAFE NIGHT HONORING NORMAN AND PEARLA WEISMAN

    October 24, 2014

    $30 per ticket, or 4 tickets for $100. One ticket entitles entry for one to event.

    EXCITING NEW RAFFLE PRIZES!!!
    Grand Prize: $2,000 Travel Voucher!
    1st Prize: Beautiful white gold/diamond pendant!
    2nd Prize: Dinner for two at ETC. Steakhouse
    3rd Prize: Feldheim children's book package
    4th Prize: Target gift card

    Please support this cornerstone to our growing community!

  • Sunday, November 16th, 8:30 am, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School: OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH GRADERS

    October 24, 2014

    Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School invites all 8th graders and their parents to our Open House on Sunday, November 16, 2014.  Join us for an inspiring morning of excellence as we highlight the vast opportunities for our students. Come see our dynamic and innovative academic and Judaic programs, experience our educational initiatives and co-curricular opportunities. Registration begins 8:30 am followed by the program at 9:00 am.  Please register at www.jkha.org/RKYHSOpenHouse<http://www.jkha.org/RKYHSOpenHouse. For more information contact Shawn Tarzik at starzik@jkha.org<mailto:starzik@jkha.org> or 862-437-8064.

  • SAVE THE DATE: SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RAV JUDAH MISCHEL, THE HEAD OF CAMP HASC, SHABBOS OF NOVEMBER 22ND

    October 24, 2014
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 14th, 9:00 am - JOSEPH KUSHNER HEBREW ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE FAMILY FUN DAY! DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

    October 24, 2014
  • SHUL COATROOM: Please remember to remove all personal items from the coatroom. Any items left in the coatroom will be discarded if they are not removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

    October 24, 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.

    October 24, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    October 24, 2014
  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    October 24, 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!

    October 24, 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!

    October 24, 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.

  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD - 42 CENTER STREET

    October 24, 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 Lea Marcus at (973) 379-2343.

  • Youth Corner

  • BABYSITTING SERVICES

    October 24, 2014

    If you are interested in babysitting services by the babysitters that sat for CIS during the High Holidays, please contact Andrew Nusbaum.

  • Friday, October 10th, 8:30 pm, Miretzky's Succah: ONEG YOM TOV TEEN SUCCAH HOP

    October 24, 2014
  • Sunday, October 19th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom: CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6) SEFER TORAH PILLOW MAKING

    October 24, 2014


  • Sunday, October 19th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am: CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT (Ages 7-12) TORAH BOWL

    October 24, 2014
  • Sisterhood Corner

  • SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING: WEDNESDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 29, 2014, 8:00 PM IN SHUL.

    October 24, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    October 24, 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

    October 24, 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

  • JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2015 BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    October 24, 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, OCTOBER 27, 2014, 7:45 PM, SHUL SOCIAL HALL

    October 24, 2014
  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    October 24, 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

  • WELCOME TO THE OUR WAY ORGANIZATION WHO WILL BE JOINING US THIS SHABBOS.

    October 24, 2014

    Welcome to R' Eliezer Lederfeind, Director of the Our Way Organization and to the staff and members of Our Way, who will be joining us this Shabbos.

    The Our Way Shabbaton is sponsored by Dr. Bruce Francis, l'zecher nishmas Faigie Wiederman-Francis who devoted her career to caring for the hearing impaired, and in honor of her daughter Miriam (Jennie Rokach) who continues in her footsteps.

    Thank you to Jessica and Avidan Bienenfeld for coordinating the Shabbaton!

  • SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO HELPED DECONSTRUCT THE SHUL'S SUKKAH.

    October 24, 2014

    Special thanks to Sam Alexander, Rick Covkin, David Goodman, Ben Hoffer, Charles Larkin, Arthur Sandman, Zach Sandman and Joel Shulman who graciously volunteered to help deconstruct the shul's sukkah.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    October 24, 2014

    October 25, 2014
    Early minyan kiddush is unsponsored.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Rebecca and Hal Levy in honor of the entire Congregation Israel community - with much appreciation for welcoming us into the community and for your generous hospitality. We are so fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community and are grateful for your constant care and friendship..

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by members of the community in honor of Adam Sheps.

    Early Minyan Kiddush November   8, 15, 22, 29
    Main Kiddush November   29
    Shalosh Seudos Novermber  8, 29

  • KASHRUT ALERT, October 22, 2014:

    October 24, 2014

    Kosher Alert Countryside Creamery

    Brand: Countryside Creamery
    Product: Homestyle Spread (Margarine)
    Company: Aldi Inc.
    Issue: Missing D Dairy Designation

    Homestyle Spread (margarine) is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D Dairy product. This product contains milk as indicated on the ingredient panel. Some packaging was printed without the D Dairy designation. Packaging has been revised.

    Kosher Alert New York Youth Club

    Brand: New York Youth Club
    Product: Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Company: New York Youth Club, Happauge NY
    Issue: Unauthorized OU

    New York Youth Club's Chocolate Chip Cookies bear an unauthorized OU Pareve mark.  The Orthodox Union does not certify any NYYC cookies.  Corrective measures are being implemented.
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  • Rabbi's Message

    Once again, I wanted to share an amazing and thought provoking Dvar Torah from Rav Mordechai Shifman, Dean of Emek Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles. Have a great Shabbos!

    The Torah teaches that Nimrod was a dynamic leader who captivated and united humanity with his ideologies. He incited the masses to build the Tower of Babel, a monument that represented man's rebellion against Hashem. Ashur, a son of Shem, concerned that his children were being negatively influenced by Nimrod, moved his family and built the great city of Nineveh. It would appear that this was a commendable act, yet we find that Nineveh developed into a city of sinners and even after strong warnings from the prophet Yonah, they soon resumed their evil ways and were eventually destroyed.

    It is ironic that Nimrod and his followers were not killed, rather dispersed, while Ashur's descendants whom he had tried to protect from Nimrod's negative influences, were destroyed for their sins.  The Seforno contrasts the success of Avraham Avinu who had a tremendous impact upon an entire generation, ultimately resulting in creating an eternal bond with the Almighty, to the failure of Noach who built the Ark for 120 years and was only able to save his family. The Seforno suggests that whereas the message of Noach was a negative one, berating and warning people of the impending doom if they continue their evil ways, Avraham's message was a positive one, encouraging his generation to perform acts of kindness and emulate the Creator.

    Last year the New York Times published a survey reflecting the increase of intermarriage among American Jewry. "The intermarriage rate, a bellwether statistic, has reached a high of 58 percent for all Jews, and 71 percent for non-Orthodox Jews - a huge change from before 1970 when only 17 percent of Jews married outside the faith. Two-thirds of Jews do not belong to a synagogue, one-fourth do not believe in God and one-third had a Christmas tree in their home last year."

    The Seforno's message rings louder than ever. We need to give our children purpose. There needs to be passion and vision in the message they receive from us. If the entire religion is based upon a negative message, what they are not allowed to do and who they are not allowed to associate with, we will alienate our children completely.

    Although Ashur's intentions were commendable, the only message he was giving his children was that "we cannot be together with these people". The answer is not to disassociate ourselves from everyone else for that too lacks a positive substantive message. We need to teach our children why it is special to do what we are asking of them rather than just focusing on what is wrong with what others are doing.


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  • Parsha

    Noach

  • Erev Shabbat- Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    5:46 pm

  • Mincha

    5:50 pm

  • Tisch at the home of Leora & Shmuel Babich, 43 Golf Oval

    8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    10:00 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    4:15 pm

  • Sefer Shoftim Shiur

    5:00 pm

  • Mincha

    5:30 pm

  • Havdalah

    6:53 pm

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  • Sunday 10/26
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    5:45 pm

  • Mon.10/27
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    5:45 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Daf Yomi during the weeknights is 8:30 pm.

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening in the main sanctuary

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 10/28 & Wed. 10/29
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    5:45 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Wed. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Thurs. 10/30
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha

    5:45 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 10/31
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    5:36 pm

  • Mincha

    5:40 pm