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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

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    December 12, 2014

    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.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    December 17, 2014

    December 20, 2014

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Jerry's mother, Sophie Tarlowe, and Jerry's Aunt Gladys.

    Main kiddush sponsored by Myra and Aryeh Pirak and Family to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Aryeh's father, William Pirak.

    Shalosh Seudos sponsored by Rachel Lohr and Adam Sheps.
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    December 27, 2014
    Early minyan and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by Gila and Victor Dishy.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  December 27   January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:                              January 3, 17, 24, 31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:                              January 3, 10, 17

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    December 17, 2014
    December 2, 2014

    Kosher Alert Sunflower Milk Halva

    Brand: Golden Age
    Product: Sunflower Halva Milk Softness
    Company: Euro Imports, Brooklyn NY
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    Golden Age Milk Softness Sunflower Halva is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients statement.  Corrective measures have been implemented.
    November 28, 2014

    Kosher Alert Good Bean

    Brand: The Good Bean
    Product: Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar
    Company: The Good Bean Inc., Berkeley CA
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    The Orthodox Union certifies Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements.  Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

  • 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 12, 2014
  • Thursday, December 25th, 10am-5pm, Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus Glueck Center, 515 West 185th St, NY, NY 10033: YARCHEI KALLAH

    December 12, 2014

    Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary invites you to a Yarchei Kallah on Inyanei Eretz Yisrael at this Crucial Moment in History Shemittah and Har HaBayit, Conflict and Community

    For more information please call 212-960-5400 x 6350, Registration Required

  • SAVE THE DATE: Friday and Saturday, December 26-27, 2014: SHABBATON AT CIS!

    December 12, 2014

    SAVE THE DATE for a magical Shabbat with the Traveling Chassidim - December 26-27, 2014, including Carlebach style Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday night dinner with zemirot, Kumzits and Melave Malka. If you have any questions or would like to help organize this community-wide Shabbat please e-mail anya@bitansky.com or craig.weinstein@gmail.com.

  • JOSEPH TAMMAM Z"L SCHOLARSHIP FUND- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS- DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 9, 2015

    December 12, 2014

    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 January 9, 2015. The award will be given at the Congregation Israel of Springfield Annual Dinner.

  • 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.

    December 12, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    December 12, 2014
  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    December 12, 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!

    December 12, 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!

    December 12, 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

    December 12, 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

  • Saturday Night, December 6th,: JOIN US FOR SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING 1 HOUR AFTER HAVDALAH.

    December 12, 2014


  • Sunday, November 9th, 10:30 am: CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6) We will be making candygrams to give out to friends.

    December 12, 2014


  • Sunday, December 21st, 2 pm, shul social hall: 3RD ANNUAL CHANUKAH CHAGIGA!

    December 12, 2014

    Our Chanukah Chagiga is coming up, and save the date for December 21st at 2:00 P.M. We will be having our 3rd annual Latke Cook off. If you are interested in participating, please contact Taco or Rifka.

    Sponsorships are available:  Magician $100, Food (Contact Taco or Rifka), Community Lighting $100, Prizes $25-$100, Activity Tables $25.

    RSVP in advance and it is only $5 per person ($30 per family), $10 a person at the door ($40 per family), Latke Cook off- $25 per team

    RSVP by December 17th for Chanukah Chagiga Menorah Making, and Latke Cook Off to Taco
    (ty.miretzky@gmail.com) or Rifka (rifka.miretzky@gmail.com) as soon as possible to lock in the better price! Any questions, please contact Taco or Rifka.

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

    December 12, 2014
  • Sisterhood Corner

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

    December 12, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    December 12, 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

    December 12, 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

  • DECEMBER BULLETIN SPONSORED BY DOLORES AND SOL GREENFIELD IN MEMORY OF DOLORES'S PARENTS, LILLIAN AND MORRIS GLINTER, AND DOLORES'S BROTHER, PAUL GLINTER.

    December 12, 2014

    JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2015 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

    December 12, 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

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    December 12, 2014

    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.

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    December 17, 2014

    December 20, 2014

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe to commemorate the yahrtzeits of Jerry's mother, Sophie Tarlowe, and Jerry's Aunt Gladys.

    Main kiddush sponsored by Myra and Aryeh Pirak and Family to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Aryeh's father, William Pirak.

    Shalosh Seudos sponsored by Rachel Lohr and Adam Sheps.
    ************************************************************

    December 27, 2014
    Early minyan and main kiddush are unsponsored.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by Gila and Victor Dishy.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  December 27   January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:                              January 3, 17, 24, 31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:                              January 3, 10, 17

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    December 17, 2014

    December 2, 2014

    Kosher Alert Sunflower Milk Halva

    Brand: Golden Age
    Product: Sunflower Halva Milk Softness
    Company: Euro Imports, Brooklyn NY
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    Golden Age Milk Softness Sunflower Halva is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients statement.  Corrective measures have been implemented.
    November 28, 2014

    Kosher Alert Good Bean

    Brand: The Good Bean
    Product: Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar
    Company: The Good Bean Inc., Berkeley CA
    Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    The Orthodox Union certifies Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar as an OU D - Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements.  Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

  • Thursday, December 25th, 10am-5pm, Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus Glueck Center, 515 West 185th St, NY, NY 10033: YARCHEI KALLAH

    December 12, 2014

    Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary invites you to a Yarchei Kallah on Inyanei Eretz Yisrael at this Crucial Moment in History Shemittah and Har HaBayit, Conflict and Community

    For more information please call 212-960-5400 x 6350, Registration Required

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS"D

    HILCHOS CHANUKAH

    On Tuesday night we begin celebrating Chanukah, a yom tov during which we make a concerted effort to bring mitzvah observance to its highest levels (i.e.mehadrin min hamehadrin”). Let us take this opportunity to review a number of its laws:

    ·         In the Amidah and Birchas haMazon we add `the paragraph of ‘Al HaNisim’. If it is forgotten, one does not repeat the tefilah.

    ·         The ideal time for lighting the Chanukah candles is the time known as ‘tzais hakochavim - when the stars are visible,’ which is around 5:00 pm this time of year (approximately 30 minutes after sunset, according to many opinions). Lighting can certainly be done later, especially if that means the family will light the menorah together.

    ·         If necessary, the lighting can be done anytime at night as long as there are people awake to participate in this mitzvah along with the person who is lighting. Similarly, if necessary, one can light even before sunset, from approximately 3:40 pm. An example of when we must light earlier than the ideal time is on Friday afternoon, when the Chanukah candles must be lit before the Shabbos candles.  

    ·         The Chanukah lights should burn for at least one half hour after tzais hakochavim. If one lights before the ideal time (e.g. at 4:00pm), the candles must still burn for a half hour after tzais hakochavim. Once again, the example of Erev Shabbos comes to mind because once lit on Friday afternoon, the lights should continue to burn for at least 75 minutes.

    ·         One should not derive benefit from any of the Chanukah Neiros (e.g. read by their light), except for the shamash. This is in stark contrast to the Shabbos candles which are intended to provide numerous benefits, including illumination.

    ·         Once the proper time for lighting the Chanukah candles arrive, one should not eat much more than a light snack until after fulfillment of this mitzva. Please note that there are certain circumstances under which one would be allowed to eat.  

    ·         The primary mitzvah is to light the neiros; thus, if they are lit and immediately thereafter they are accidentally extinguished, one does not need to relight them.

     

    Have a great Shabbos and a Chanukah full of light.

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  • Parsha

    Miketz

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:14 pm

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm

  • Special Oneg in Shul

    7:30 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 8:45 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:25 am

  • Shema

    9:32 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    3:10 pm

  • Sefer Shoftim Shiur

    3:25 pm

  • Mincha

    3:55 pm

  • Havdalah

    5:22 pm

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  • Sunday 12/14
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm

  • Mon.12/15
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm & 9:00 pm

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

  • Women's Tehillim, Mon. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 12/16 Erev Chanukah
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    4:15 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Wed. 12/17 & Thurs. 12/18 Chanukah
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha

    4:15 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 12/19 Chanukah
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    4:14 pm

  • Mincha

    4:15 pm