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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:

    May 27, 2016

    May 28, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are sponsored by Diane and Rick Covkin to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Rick's mother Rose; Rick's father Harry; Rick's Aunt Sadie; and Diane's father David.

    Shalosh Seudos is be sponsored by Sharon and Steve Langert to raise awareness for Camp Simcha and Tachlit.org.

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    June 4, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored in honor of this year's graduates.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 4, 18, 25          July 9, 16, 23, 30
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 25                    July 2, 16, 23, 30
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  June 4, 11, 18, 25    July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • GRADUATION KIDDUSH ON JUNE 4, 2016

    May 27, 2016
    We want to invite anyone with a graduate interested in participating/sponsoring the graduation kiddush on June 4th to please contact stacyshans@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday & Thursday night, 8:30 - 9:30 PM: Beis Medrash Learning @ CIS

    May 27, 2016
    Come be a part of the learning going on in our Beis Medrash with a special new program! Come with your chavrusa, or learn with one of the BML Fellows that will be joining us both nights, or just learn on your own in the Beis Medrash. Additionally, there will be interactive chaburos both nights for those interested. Tuesday night there will be a Halacha Chabura, and Thursday night there will be a Gemara B'Iyun Chabura.
  • HELP SUPPORT SHARON LANGERT WHO IS RAISING MONEY FOR CAMP SIMCHA AND TACHLIT.ORG

    May 27, 2016
    This will be Sharon Langert's THIRD year riding in the Tour De Simcha bike-a-thon, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, which affords kids with cancer to attend Camp Simcha and have some respite from their illness, and a little fun! And you can help. Please sponsor Sharon at the link below and don't forget to wave when you see her flying by training hard!

    http://www.chailifeline.org/events/letourdesimcha/my/sharonlangert

  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    May 27, 2016

    We are looking for volunteers to say tehillim from home on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or windeast@comcast.net.

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SHUL SECURITY

    May 27, 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.

  • NEW DAILY MINCHA MINYAN, 1:30 PM, SUNDAY - THURSDAY AT YESHIVA GEDOLAH ZICHRON LEYMA, 2035 VAUXHALL ROAD, CORNER PLANE STREET, UNION.

    May 27, 2016

    There is a new daily Mincha Minyan at 1:30 pm, Sunday - Thursday at Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Leyma, 2035 Vauxhall Road, corner Plane Street, Union. They also have Shacharis 7:40 am & Maariv 9:45 pm. Rabbis Eliezer Ginsberg and Gershon Neuman. Please note: The sign of the former Congregation B'nai Ahavath Shalom is still on the building.

  • Wednesday, June 1st, 7:00 pm, JKHA in Livingston: STUDENT-MADE DOCUMENTARY "NAMES NOT NUMBERS"

    May 27, 2016

    The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy will be screening the student-made documentary “Names Not Numbers” on Wednesday, June 1 at 7pm at the school - 110 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ . The JKHA eighth-graders worked to interview Holocaust survivors  by researching,  filming, and editing their stories.  The finished product along with a documentary following the students throughout the year long process will be screened together.  Admission is free and open to the community.

  • Thursday, June 2nd, 7:45 pm, JEC: MEET & GREET

    May 27, 2016

    The Jewish Educational Center extends an invitation to join us for a Meet & Greet evening with our new Yeshiva of Elizabeth Principal Rabbi Uzi Beer and Early Childhood Director Morah Rivkah Isaacs on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the JEC - 300 Elmora Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ beginning with Mincha at 7:45 pm. Program will commence at 8:00 pm and will be followed by Ma'ariv and a delectable dessert reception. RSVPs appreciated to Yeshiva@theJEC.org or call 908-355-4850, ext. 6233. Walk-ins welcome.

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

    May 27, 2016
    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. This event is for Women only. 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

    May 27, 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.

  • HELP KEEP OUR SHUL TIDY!

    May 27, 2016

    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

    May 27, 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.

  • 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.

    May 27, 2016
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    May 27, 2016
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    May 27, 2016

    May 24, 2016: Chilean Sea Bass Brand: Kirkland Signature     Product: Frozen Chilean Sea Bass     Company: Costco Wholesale Foods, Seattle WA     Issue: Unauthorized OU D

    The Orthodox Union does not certify Kirkland Signature Chilean Sea Bass.   Some packaging was printed with an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

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    May 17, 2016:  HyVee Pancake & Sausage Brand: HyVee     Product: Pancake & Sausage on a Stick     Company: Hy-Vee, Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa     Issue: Unauthorized OU D

    The Orthodox Union does not certify HyVee Pancake & Sausage on a Stick.  This product is not kosher and bears an unauthorized OU D symbol.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

  • PLEASE SUPPORT THESE VENDORS WHO GRACIOUSLY DONATE THEIR SERVICES TO OUR ANNUAL SHUL DINNER. DON'T FORGET TO MENTION CONGREGATION ISRAEL!

    May 27, 2016

    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

  • PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR LOCAL KOSHER ESTABLISHMENTS

    May 27, 2016

    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.

    Kosher Bagels Supreme: 252 Mountain Avenue is under the supervision of Rabbi Chaim Marcus.

    The Orchid: 455 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ For more info, www.theorchidkosher.com

    Tokyo Hibachi: 238 Morris Avenue, a kosher Japanese-Chinese restaurant is under the supervision of the Vaad of MetroWest.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    May 27, 2016

    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.

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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

  • Sunday, June 17th, 10:00 am, Chisholm Park: 2016 OLYMPICS AND BBQ LUNCH

    May 27, 2016
  • Nursery Corner

  • 2016 CAMP KITANIM

    May 27, 2016
    We are most pleased to announce the return of Chelsea Shulman as the Camp Director of Camp Kitanim, at Congregation Israel of Springfield,NJ!! Last year as the director, Chelsea developed and executed a fantastic, creative program. The program Chelsea designed balanced Torah values and fun as well as skill building activities for two different age groups. Registration forms and more information can be found on the shul website, by emailing campkitanim@gmail.com or by contacting the shul office at 973-467-9666.

     

  • Sisterhood Corner

  • SISTERHOOD NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: ANY QUESTIONS, SEND YOUR EMAIL TO SISTERHOODCIS@GMAIL.COM

    May 27, 2016
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    May 27, 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.

  • SISTERHOOD TRIBUTE CARDS

    May 27, 2016

    Sisterhood has tribute cards. All Purpose and Memorial Cards Available - 5 for $10 or 10 for $18 * Please contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or via email at windeast@comcast.net.

  • Shul Activities

  • MAY BULLETIN IS SPONSORED BY BETH AND MARTY ARON IN MEMORY OF MARTY'S FATHER, SAMUEL ARON, SHMUEL B'REV GERSHON DOVID, WHOSE YAHRTZEIT IS THIS MONTH (21 IYAR).

    May 27, 2016

    MONTH OF JUNE AND JULY 2016 BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    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

    May 27, 2016

    *** 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:

    May 27, 2016

    May 28, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and main kiddush are sponsored by Diane and Rick Covkin to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Rick's mother Rose; Rick's father Harry; Rick's Aunt Sadie; and Diane's father David.

    Shalosh Seudos is be sponsored by Sharon and Steve Langert to raise awareness for Camp Simcha and Tachlit.org.

    *******************************

    June 4, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored in honor of this year's graduates.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 4, 18, 25          July 9, 16, 23, 30
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  June 25                    July 2, 16, 23, 30
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  June 4, 11, 18, 25    July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • GRADUATION KIDDUSH ON JUNE 4, 2016

    May 27, 2016

    We want to invite anyone with a graduate interested in participating/sponsoring the graduation kiddush on June 4th to please contact stacyshans@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday & Thursday night, 8:30 - 9:30 PM: Beis Medrash Learning @ CIS

    May 27, 2016

    Come be a part of the learning going on in our Beis Medrash with a special new program! Come with your chavrusa, or learn with one of the BML Fellows that will be joining us both nights, or just learn on your own in the Beis Medrash. Additionally, there will be interactive chaburos both nights for those interested. Tuesday night there will be a Halacha Chabura, and Thursday night there will be a Gemara B'Iyun Chabura.
  • HELP SUPPORT SHARON LANGERT WHO IS RAISING MONEY FOR CAMP SIMCHA AND TACHLIT.ORG

    May 27, 2016

    This will be Sharon Langert's THIRD year riding in the Tour De Simcha bike-a-thon, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, which affords kids with cancer to attend Camp Simcha and have some respite from their illness, and a little fun! And you can help. Please sponsor Sharon at the link below and don't forget to wave when you see her flying by training hard!

    http://www.chailifeline.org/events/letourdesimcha/my/sharonlangert

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

    Rav Eli Mansour delivers an excellent analysis of the prohibition of ribbis/interest. Hope you enjoy! Have a great Shabbos.

    The Torah in Parashat Behar presents one of the more surprising Misvot governing interpersonal relations, namely, the prohibition against charging interest (25:36). When a person needs a loan, we are to lend him money for free, without charging any interest. 

    Several questions arise concerning this prohibition. First and foremost, what’s wrong with charging interest? One who lends money is unable to use that money in the interim; it is no different than lending a car, which the owner is then unable to use until it is returned. Why, then, does the Torah allow leasing out one’s car for money, but not lending money on interest? Secondly, although the Torah here in Parashat Behar addresses specifically the case of an impoverished person in need of loan, our Sages derived from other sources that the prohibition applies even to wealthy people who need a loan to expand their enterprises. Why does the Torah forbid charging interest to a wealthy person, who would have no problem at all paying the interest? Another seemingly strange Halacha regarding interest is that the prohibition applies even if the borrower agrees to the arrangement. A person may not lend money on interest even if the borrower insists that he would be happy to pay whatever percentage the lender demands. In fact, the borrower himself is forbidden to pay interest. Why? 

    The Keli Yakar (Rav Shlomo Efrayim Luntshitz, 1540-1619) explains that the prohibition against interest has nothing to do with our concern for the borrower’s financial wellbeing. If it did, then it would not apply in cases of a wealthy borrower or if the borrower agrees to pay interest. Rather, the Keli Yakar writes, a person who lends on interest is at risk of losing his faith in G-d as the One who exerts full control over our livelihood. In any profession or business, success is never guaranteed. A person can lose his job or clients, a competitor can get in the way, the product or service can become obsolete, or other things can go wrong. When a person lends on interest, however, he feels secure in his profits. He has the borrower caught in his web, and even if the borrower is unable to pay, the lender can keep the collateral. And so making a living through money lending, the Keli Yakar asserts, does not come with the kind of risk to which the Torah wants us to expose ourselves in regard to our livelihood. We are to feel financial security only through faith, with the knowledge that it is G-d, and only G-d, who provides us with our needs. 

    For this reason, the Keli Yakar explains, this prohibition applies to both poor and wealthy borrowers: since the idea is to prevent the lender from feeling too confident, the borrower’s financial status is immaterial. And, we now understand why a borrower may not agree to pay interest, as he thereby contributes to the lender’s sense of security. 

    This also explains why this prohibition is mentioned here, in Parashat Behar, where the Torah speaks at length about the Misva of Shemita (the Sabbatical year). Shemita marks the ultimate test of faith, requiring a farmer to essentially shut down his business for an entire year, as he must refrain from all agricultural work and allow anyone who wants to take the produce. The farmer must rely on G-d’s promise that the sixth year’s yield will suffice until new produce is planted and harvested after Shemita. One cannot observe Shemita unless he fully believes in G-d’s unlimited ability to provide his sustenance, regardless of his efforts. 

    These two laws – the prohibition against interest and the law of Shemita – seek to remind us that while we can and must put in a hard day’s week to earn a living, ultimately, our livelihood depends solely on G-d, and we must therefore turn to Him at all times and ask for His continued blessing. We must remember that there is no such thing as “financial security” – except when we place our trust in G-d and have complete faith in His unlimited ability to provide for us and for our families.

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May 30, 2016

22 Iyyar 5776

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  • Parsha

    Bechukosai

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:47 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    8:06 pm

  • Mincha

    6:30 pm & 8:00 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:12 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    6:25 pm

  • Pirkei Avot Shiur

    7:10 pm

  • Mincha

    7:40 pm

  • Havdalah

    9:14 pm

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  • Sunday 5/29
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:15 am

  • Womens Parsha Shiur- Sun. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm

  • Mon. 5/30 Memorial Day
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Tues. 5/31 & Wed. 6/1
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Rabbi Kurant's Shiur, Wed. Evening in Shul

    8:45 pm

  • Tues. & Thurs. Evenings: Beis Medrash Learning at CIS

    8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

  • Thurs. 6/2
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm & 9:30 pm

  • Friday 6/3
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:52 pm & 8:06 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm & 8:05 pm