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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

  • Wednesday, January 28th, 12:00 pm: LUNCH AND LEARN AT TOKYO HIBACHI, 238 MORRIS AVE. Please contact Rabbi Marcus at ravmook1@aol.com if you plan to attend.

    January 30, 2015


  • TOY DRIVE FOR BARNABAS HEALTH CARE PEDIATRIC PLAY CENTER: DONATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015

    January 30, 2015

    For the past two years Arianna Kigner has been volunteering at Barnabas Health Care's pediatric play center. It is a wonderful program which offers hospitalized children and their families distraction and relief from their illness. Despite the end of the holiday season, the playroom is in constant need of new items for its patients. Please help the play room by donating new toys. Toy drop off is in the shul's lobby or at 501 Ashwood Road, Springfield. The donation deadline is Sunday, February 15th.

    Toys must be brand new, and cleanable (e.g. no hairy/fuzzy things, including stuffed animals, barbies, etc.). The playroom is in particular need of toys for infants and toddlers (Music /Light Up/ Interactive toys), movies (G, PG, and PG-13), and Action Figures/Dolls/Animals (that are plastic and without hair).

  • Sunday, March 1st, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, 60 Temple Dr.,Springfield: GIFT OF LIFE BONE MARROW FOUNDATION REGISTRATION DRIVE

    January 30, 2015

    Sponsored by the Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael Men’s Club and Congregation Israel of Springfield

    A simple cheek swab is all it takes to determine if you are a match for a patient in need. If you are between the ages of 18-45 and in general good health, you are likely eligible.

    This drive will benefit patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other types of blood cancer to find life-saving donors for stem cell and marrow transplants.

    THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION PROCESS TAKES ONLY 1 MINUTE!

    For more information please contact Gene Gorrin at 908.686.7686

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

    January 30, 2015
  • KIDDUSHIM:

    January 30, 2015

    January 31, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ricci and Michael Bochner in memory of Rabbi Martin Bochner..

    Main kiddush is unsponsored.

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Edna and David Goodman in honor of David's siyum.

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    February 7, 2015
    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Bruce Francis.

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  February   21       March  7, 14, 21, 28
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  February  14        March  7, 14,  28
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  February  7,  14   March  7, 14, 21, 28

  • HELP KEEP OUR SHUL TIDY!

    January 30, 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

    January 30, 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.

  • 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.

    January 30, 2015
  • 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.

    January 30, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    January 30, 2015
  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    January 30, 2015

    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!

    January 30, 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!

    January 30, 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!

    January 30, 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

    January 30, 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

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

    January 30, 2015


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

    January 30, 2015


  • Sunday, December 28th, 10:30 am: CHAMUDIM, CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT: WE WILL BE HAVING COLOR WAR!

    January 30, 2015
  • Nursery Corner

  • CAMP KITANIM - Registration Is Now Open

    January 30, 2015

    After a wonderful summer last year, CIS is pleased to offer Camp Kitanim once again for children ages 2-3. Electronic forms can be found on the shul website (Nursery Corner) or by emailing the office.

  • Sisterhood Corner

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

    January 30, 2015
  • SISTERHOOD'S ANNUAL MISHLOACH MANOT PROGRAM- TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!

    January 30, 2015

    Mischloach Manot ORDERS are due by Monday FEBRUARY 9th, final PAYMENT is due Thursday FEBRUARY 12th.


    WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP DELIVER BASKETS
    - Please indicate your availability when you place your order with HappyPurim.com or by calling Alisa Kigner 973-379-4556 or Sheila Hanover 973-467-4242.

  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, February 8, 2015, 10am - 2pm: SISTERHOOD'S ANNUAL PRE-HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE!

    January 30, 2015
    Look forward to an amazing day of shopping, food and so much more! Contact Brooke Czarka at bczarka@yahoo.com for more information.
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    January 30, 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

    January 30, 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

  • Adult Study

  • Monday, February 9th, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm, home of Brooke and R' Aryeh Czarka, 1 Shunpike Rd.: TAHARAS HAMISHPACHA REVIEW CLASS FOR MARRIED WOMEN GIVEN BY LEA MARCUS.

    January 30, 2015
  • Shul Activities

  • FEBRUARY BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    January 30, 2015

    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.

  • NO@TS Sat Night Jan 31st at 8:3 0PM : CRANIAL CARNIVAL

    January 30, 2015

    Come join your fellow shul members for another great NO@TS event!

    Cranial Carnival - a fun night of trivia and challenges. Food, fun and friends!

    RSVP Required: Sign up on the shul website (Shul Activities) or with Brooke Czarka bczarka@yahoo.com

  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    January 30, 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

  • TOY DRIVE FOR BARNABAS HEALTH CARE PEDIATRIC PLAY CENTER: DONATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015

    January 30, 2015

    For the past two years Arianna Kigner has been volunteering at Barnabas Health Care's pediatric play center. It is a wonderful program which offers hospitalized children and their families distraction and relief from their illness. Despite the end of the holiday season, the playroom is in constant need of new items for its patients. Please help the play room by donating new toys. Toy drop off is in the shul's lobby or at 501 Ashwood Road, Springfield. The donation deadline is Sunday, February 15th.

    Toys must be brand new, and cleanable (e.g. no hairy/fuzzy things, including stuffed animals, barbies, etc.). The playroom is in particular need of toys for infants and toddlers (Music /Light Up/ Interactive toys), movies (G, PG, and PG-13), and Action Figures/Dolls/Animals (that are plastic and without hair).

  • Sunday, March 1st, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, 60 Temple Dr.,Springfield: GIFT OF LIFE BONE MARROW FOUNDATION REGISTRATION DRIVE

    January 30, 2015

    Sponsored by the Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael Men’s Club and Congregation Israel of Springfield

    A simple cheek swab is all it takes to determine if you are a match for a patient in need. If you are between the ages of 18-45 and in general good health, you are likely eligible.

    This drive will benefit patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other types of blood cancer to find life-saving donors for stem cell and marrow transplants.

    THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION PROCESS TAKES ONLY 1 MINUTE!

    For more information please contact Gene Gorrin at 908.686.7686

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

    January 30, 2015

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    January 30, 2015

    January 31, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ricci and Michael Bochner in memory of Rabbi Martin Bochner..

    Main kiddush is unsponsored.

    Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Edna and David Goodman in honor of David's siyum.

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

    February 7, 2015
    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Bruce Francis.

    Shalosh seudos is unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:  February   21       March  7, 14, 21, 28
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:  February  14        March  7, 14,  28
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:  February  7,  14   March  7, 14, 21, 28

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS"D

    HALACHA REVIEW

                In Parshas BeShalach, we read about one of the daily miracles that Hashem performed for the Jews during their sojourn in the desert. Each morning, manna descended from heaven to provide that day’s sustenance. On Shabbos morning, however, no manna fell. Instead, twice the usual daily ration fell on Friday, half of which was set aside for ShabbosGemara Shabbos (117b) teaches that we are to begin our Shabbos meals with two loaves of bread, in remembrance of this double portion. This is known as ‘lechem mishneh.’

    The following is a quick review of some of the laws of lechem mishneh:    

    1. Both men and women are obligated in this halacha.
    2. When one person makes the beracha over the challos for everyone else, his or her lechem mishneh suffices for all of them.
    3. One should use two complete loaves for lechem mishneh.
    4. A loaf is considered whole even if it has a split or crack provided that when one lifts the challa by the weaker section it does not break in two.
    5. Loaves that became attached during baking may be separated and are still considered whole for lechem mishneh purposes.
    6. One who lacks two complete loaves should use one whole loaf and one cut loaf together.
    7. If whole loaves are not available, one should use two cut or broken pieces.
    8. A fully baked frozen challa may be used as lechem mishneh and need not be thawed out first.
    9.  One law regarding meals in general: one should be sure to eat a k’zais of bread (half a piece of a regular size challa) within 4 minutes, sometime during the meal to ensure an obligation in Birchas HaMazon.

     [The above is based on the book, Kavod v’Oneg Shabbos/The Radiance of Shabbos by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen]

    Have a great Shabbos.

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Feb 01, 2015

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  • Parsha

    Yisro

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    5:02 pm

  • Mincha

    4:55 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 8:45 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:25 am

  • Shema

    9:39 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    3:55 pm

  • Sefer Shoftim Shiur

    4:10 pm

  • Mincha

    4:40 pm

  • Havdalah

    6:12 pm

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  • Sunday 2/1
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    5:00 pm

  • Mon.2/2
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    5:00 pm & 9:00 pm

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

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 2/3 & Wed. 2/4 Tu B'Shevat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    5:00 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Thurs. 2/5
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha

    5:00 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 2/6
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    5:02 pm

  • Mincha

    5:05 pm