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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

  • EMERGENCY EXIT DOORS

    December 02, 2016

    Please do not block the emergency exit doors in the main lobby when parking your stroller on Shabbos and Holidays. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    December 02, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Sharon and Eytan Konigsberg in honor of the birth of their daughter, Atara.

    December 10, 2016
    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored by Bobbi and Mel Ostrow.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   December 10, 31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   December 31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   December 10, 17

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SHUL SECURITY

    December 02, 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.

  • DONATIONS FOR OUR CHAYALIM

    December 02, 2016
    Pearla Lulinski Weisman is collecting TRAVEL SIZE supplies ie toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, etc. and new, unopened packages of underware, socks, gloves and hats for the Israeli soldiers. Items can be dropped off in front of Pearla's door at 8 Norwood Road, Springfield, by November 17th. Thank you for your kind donations to our Israeli chayalim and Packages from Home. This will be special winter packages in time for Chanukah!



  • Great Opportunity to Help Charities at No Cost to You!!!

    December 02, 2016

    When shopping online via Amazon.com, shoppers can select an organization that Amazon works with and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the proceeds of your purchase of eligible purchases towards the participating charity. There is no catch, nothing anyone needs to do but go to Amazon through this link smile.amazon.com.  This is an easy way for all of us as a community to help as we go into the holiday season. We are proud to have two members of community (Greg Artman & Eitan Goodman) currently serving in the IDF and the Friends of the IDF organization is one of the charities that Amazon works with. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. Thank you for your support!!!!

  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    December 02, 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.

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    December 02, 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.

  • JOSEPH TAMMAM Z"L SCHOLARSHIP FUND- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

    December 02, 2016

    The Joseph Tammam Memorial Youth Award Committee is accepting applications from interested high school seniors. Applicants should write a one page essay describing his or her community involvement and volunteerism at Congregation Israel of Springfield and beyond. Please make sure your application is submitted to the shul office by Friday, January 6, 2017. The award will be given at the Congregation Israel of Springfield Annual Dinner.

  • Shabbos, Dec. 3rd, at CIS, 12 pm: MYSTERY SHABBOS 2016!!

    December 02, 2016
    Who will you eat with? It's a surprise! Join in for Shabbos lunch 12/3. You can choose to be a host or to be hosted followed by dessert at the shul. A fun way to meet new people

  • Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 3rd, at CIS, 8 PM: MIKVAH CAFE NIGHT

    December 02, 2016

    Please help support our local Mikvah and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win new and exciting prizes! Join us for an enjoyable evening at our annual cafe night and raffle drawing as we honor our wonderful community member Lauren Kohn on December 3! Looking forward to a successful and meaningful event!

  • Sunday, Dec. 4th, 8 pm, Borenstein residence, 5 Shadowlawn Dr.: INAUGURAL SHIUR FOR WOMEN'S ROSH CHODESH LECTURE SERIES BY MRS. YAEL KAISMAN

    December 02, 2016
    All women are invited to join the Inaugural Shiur for the Women's Rosh Chodesh Lecture Series. "The Toll of Control: Analyzing the Struggle Within", given by Mrs. Yael Kaisman, will be held at the home of Avi and Sharon Borenstein, 5 Shadowlawn Drive.   * The Inaugural Shiur for the Women's Rosh Chodesh Lecture Series is sponsored by Myra and Aryeh Pirak in memory of Myra's mother and long time shul member, Mrs. Betty Drang z"l (Basha bas Pinchos).


  • 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.

    December 02, 2016
  • Thursday, Dec. 8th, 6pm, Crystal Plaza, Livingston,NJ: Jewish Family Service of Central NJ Annual Gala Dinner

    December 02, 2016

    You may submit ads and reservations online: JFSCentralNJ.org/dinner. For more information, contact JFS at info@jfscentralnj.org, or 908-352-8375.

  • Sunday, Dec. 11th, 10AM - 3PM, Shul Social Hall: BLOOD DRIVE AT CONGREGATION ISRAEL

    December 02, 2016

    Congregation Israel will be hosting a blood drive, run by the American Red Cross on Sunday, December 11th from 10am-3pm. The Red Cross has asked for those that can, to please make appointments in advance so that they have an idea of how many people will be showing up.

    Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Five million patients will need blood this year. Please make every effort to be a part of this great mitzvah, and please invite your friends! To make an appointment please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the code CongregationIsraelSprinfield.

  • Shabbos, Dec. 16-17th: CIS WELCOMES SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE DR. YEHUDA MIRSKY OF BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

    December 02, 2016

    Sponsored by Sherry and Henry Stein in memory of their father, Dr. Morris Epstein Z"L

  • ONE HAPPY CAMPER GRANT

    December 02, 2016

    Please spread the word - the One Happy Camper incentive grant, a non needs-based gift, is now available for new campers from Greater MetroWest NJ who:

    - attend any of 150+ eligible overnight camps/teen programs
    - for the first time in 2017 for 12 days or more
    - attend public school, secular private school or home school

    A grant of $700 is available for campers attending 12-18 days or $1000 for 19+ consecutive days (note: a prior stay of less than 12 days does not prevent eligibility). CLICK HERE TO APPLY 

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    December 02, 2016

    November 29, 2016- Brand: GFS   Product: Blue Cheese Dressing (1 gallon jars)     Company: Gordon Food Service, Wyoming MI    

    Issue: Unauthorized OU, The Orthodox Union does not certify GFS Blue Cheese Dressing. Some labels were printed with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

  • IT'S TIME TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MIKVAH MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016!

    December 02, 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

    December 02, 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.

  • Youth Corner

  • YOUTH GROUP NAME KEY:

    December 02, 2016
    Ketanim- Age 3 and Nursery
    Chamudim- Kindergarten, Primer and Pre-K
    Chanichim- Boys in grades 1-4
    Chanichot- Girls in grades 1-4
    YLIT- Grades 5-8
    Teens- Grades 9-12
  • Shabbos, Dec. 3rd: YOUTH BUCK CASH OUT- DURING GROUPS

    December 02, 2016
  • Shabbos, Dec. 3rd: YLIT GIRL CHILL! SEUDAH SHLISHIT AT THE BROMBERG RESIDENCE, 345 MOUNTAIN AVE.

    December 02, 2016
  • Sunday, Dec. 4th, 10AM TO 11AM: "FIRE SAFETY" FOR ALL AGES

    December 02, 2016
  • Sunday, Dec. 4th: TEEN YOUTH LEADER TRIP TO THE CINDERELLA BALLET

    December 02, 2016
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6th: TEEN YOUTH LEADER TRIP TO THE NJ DEVILS GAME

    December 02, 2016
  • Friday, Dec. 9th: TEEN ONEG AT THE BROMBERG RESIDENCE, 345 MOUNTAIN AVE.

    December 02, 2016
  • Shabbos, Dec. 24th: CHANUKA CHAGIGA AT THE SHUL STARTING WITH HAVDALAH & MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY AT 6:30 PM

    December 02, 2016
  • Sisterhood Corner

  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    December 02, 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.

  • Shul Activities

  • DECEMBER BULLETIN IS SPONSORED BY ALISA AND JEFFREY KIGNER IN HONOR OF GABRIEL'S BAR MITZVAH.

    December 02, 2016

    Bulletin Submissions: Please send all bulletin submissions to cis-office@congregationisrael.org by 9:00 AM on Friday morning. To sponsor the bulletin for $120/month ($36/bulletin), please contact Marilyn Bielory at 973-379-4778.

  • Community Corner

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    December 02, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Sharon and Eytan Konigsberg in honor of the birth of their daughter, Atara.

    December 10, 2016
    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored by Bobbi and Mel Ostrow.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   December 10, 31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   December 31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   December 10, 17

  • Great Opportunity to Help Charities at No Cost to You!!!

    December 02, 2016

    When shopping online via Amazon.com, shoppers can select an organization that Amazon works with and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the proceeds of your purchase of eligible purchases towards the participating charity. There is no catch, nothing anyone needs to do but go to Amazon through this link smile.amazon.com.  This is an easy way for all of us as a community to help as we go into the holiday season. We are proud to have two members of community (Greg Artman & Eitan Goodman) currently serving in the IDF and the Friends of the IDF organization is one of the charities that Amazon works with. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. Thank you for your support!!!!

  • JOSEPH TAMMAM Z"L SCHOLARSHIP FUND- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

    December 02, 2016

    The Joseph Tammam Memorial Youth Award Committee is accepting applications from interested high school seniors. Applicants should write a one page essay describing his or her community involvement and volunteerism at Congregation Israel of Springfield and beyond. Please make sure your application is submitted to the shul office by Friday, January 6, 2017. The award will be given at the Congregation Israel of Springfield Annual Dinner.

  • Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 3rd, at CIS, 8 PM: MIKVAH CAFE NIGHT

    December 02, 2016

    Please help support our local Mikvah and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win new and exciting prizes! Join us for an enjoyable evening at our annual cafe night and raffle drawing as we honor our wonderful community member Lauren Kohn on December 3! Looking forward to a successful and meaningful event!

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

    Rav Eli Mansour shlita shares an important life lesson based on a story in this week's parsha. We should all have the strength to heed his valuable words. Have a great Shabbos.

    The Torah in Parashat Toldot tells of Yitzchak’s struggles as he and his servants tried finding sources of water. After his servants dug and discovered a well of fresh water, the local Pelishtim fought over it and claimed it was theirs. Yitzchak therefore named the well “Esek,” which denotes struggle and troubles. This happened a second time after Yitzchak’s men found another well, and so he named that well “Sitna” (“hatred”). Finally, they discovered a third well which was not contested. Yitzchak then proclaimed, “Ata Hirhiv Hashem Lanu U’farinu Ba’aretz” – meaning, now that there was peace, they could grow and prosper in the land (26:22).

    Yitzchak’s proclamation teaches us a fundamental lesson about the dangers of Mahloket (fighting), namely, that it denies us the ability to succeed and prosper. We know that the Torah could not be given until Beneh Yisrael encamped at Mount Sinai “as one person with one heart,” as Rashi comments (Shemot 19:2). The spiritual effects of Torah are blocked by strife and discord, and so unity and peace are necessary prerequisites for Torah. Here in Parashat Toledot, we learn that material success is also impossible without unity and harmony. Indeed, the Rabbis teach, “Mahloket Ahat Doheh Me’a Parnasot” – a single fight can cause one to lose one hundred opportunities to earn a livelihood. As we all know, opportunities to make money are rare and hard to come by. Every time we get ourselves into a fight, we deny ourselves dozens of valuable opportunities that we would otherwise have had to earn a comfortable living. Such is the destructive power of Mahloket.

    In fact, Rav Haim Palachi (Turkey, 1788-1869) stated that during the period of the revolt led by Korah against Moshe Rabbenu in the desert, the manna did not fall. The Mahloket that raged at that time blocked the pipelines of material blessing, so-to-speak, and so Beneh Yisrael were denied their livelihood. As long as Beneh Yisrael were mired in strife, they could not receive their sustenance. And this is true not only in the desert, but at all times, including now.

    One of the Satan’s “tricks” is to convince us that we need to fight and argue in order to get our way and obtain what we want. He has us believe that if we remain silent, if we humbly ignore insults or wrongs committed against us, then we put our well being risk. But the truth is just the opposite. It is fighting and hatred that puts our well being at risk. Our Sages teach that friendship and harmony among people is effective in reversing harsh decrees and in transforming the divine attribute of judgment into the attribute of kindness. The best thing we can do for ourselves, both in terms of Parnasa and in terms of our spiritual achievements, is to live in peace and harmony with the people in our lives. And this requires being forgiving, patient and tolerant, and avoiding arguments and fights even when we are sure that we are right. We must remind ourselves that each time we withdraw instead of arguing, we are opening the gates to Hashem’s blessings and helping to ensure that they will be bestowed upon us and our families.

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Dec 04, 2016

4 Kislev 5777

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  • Parsha

    Vayetzei

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:10 pm

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 8:45 am

  • Tefillah Shiur

    8:25 am

  • Shema

    9:25 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Community Dessert in Social Hall

    2:45 pm

  • Special Hilchos Chanukah Shiur

    3:30 pm

  • Mincha

    4:00 pm

  • Havdalah

    5:19 pm

  • Parent-Child Learning

    6:05 pm

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  • Sunday 12/4
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:15 am

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm

  • Women's Rosh Chodesh Shiur by Mrs. Yael Kaisman at the Borenstein residence, 5 Shadowlawn Dr.

    8:00 pm

  • Mon. 12/5
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Kol haTorah Kula Chaburah, Monday - Thursday Evenings

    9:45 pm

  • Tues. 12/6
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Women's Tehillim

    7:30 pm

  • Halacha B'Iyun Shiur in Shul

    8:30 pm

  • Wed. 12/7
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Rabbi Kurant's Shiur in Shul

    9:00 pm

  • Thurs. 12/8
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Friday 12/9
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:11 pm

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm