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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

  • SITTING BEIS DIN IN THE SHUL BEIS MEDRASH MOTZEI SHABBOS FROM 12AM - 12:30AM & SUNDAY MORNING FROM 9AM-10AM

    September 04, 2015

    Jewish law obligates every Jewish person to cancel, after the culmination of the shmittah year, various types of debt due to him or her.  This does not apply to a debt owed to beis din.

    If a creditor executes a pruzbul, he or she is not obligated to cancel debts.  A pruzbul may be executed at any time before the end of the shmittah year.  However, since a pruzbul covers only debts already existing at the time of its execution, it is usually implemented at the very end of the year.  This Rosh Hashana marks the end of the shmittah year.

    When a creditor arranges for the execution of the pruzbul form below before three men acting as a beis din, debts owed to him or her are transferred by the creditor to the beis din, so that the debts will continue to be in force after the end of the shmittah year, and the beis din then authorizes the creditor to collect on their behalf.

    We will be having a sitting Beis Din in the Shul Beis Medrash this Motzei Shabbos from 12 am - 12:30 am, and this Sunday morning from 9 am - 10 am. If neither of these times work for you, please contact me directly to ensure that you will have a pruzbul properly filled out before the end of the year, September 13, 2015.

    Kesiva v'chasima tova,
    R' Chaim

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    September 04, 2015

    September 5, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored anonymously in honor of the youth leaders.

    Main kiddush and shalosh seudos is sponsored by Diane and Rick Covkin in honor of Serena's Shabbos Kallah and her forthcoming marriage to Adam Pershan.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12, 19,  26     October  3,  10,  17,  24,  31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12,  19           October  3,  17,  24,  31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   September  12,  19,  26   October  3,  10,  24,  31 

  • LAST PARSHA ON THE LAWN OF THE SEASON...THIS SHABBOS!

    September 04, 2015

    Please join us for the last Parsha on the Lawn of the season.
    Location: Anya and Eyal Bitansky 22 Richland Drive
    Time: 4:00 PM

    Thank you to our host families: Bitansky, Wind, Hanover and Marcus

  • 5776/2015 HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES SCHEDULE

    September 04, 2015

    The High Holiday Ticket Order Form will be required for you to complete and bring with you for any additional seats you might be purchasing beyond those included with your membership.

    If you are not requesting seating changes and not purchasing additional seats for relatives and guests, please contact the office directly at 973-467-9666 or email at cis-office@congregationisrael.org, and your tickets will be mailed to you. Please inform the office if you will be attending services for both or one of the holidays. Please come no later than 15 minutes before any of the closing times to buy tickets. After 9:00 PM, Thursday, September 10th, the Seating Committee will be unable to hold your seats.

    Dates:                                                            Times:
    Sunday, September 6th                                    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Thursday, September 10th                                  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • SHATNEZ TESTING: some things just don't mix (the prohibition of the mixture of wool and linen in garments)

    September 04, 2015

    Have you bought any new clothes for the High Holidays and Yom Tov? Do you have any suits, skirts, coats, jackets, etc. in your closet that haven't been checked for SHATNEZ? Well, their is no time like the present to get them checked!

    Keevy Fried will make sure your clothing is tested and any linen/wool mixtures will be removed. Please contact Keevy for guidance on what needs to be tested for Shatnez and for actual testing (SpringfieldShatnez@gmail.com or 973.232.6771)

  • 13TH ANNUAL HIGH HOLIDAY KIBBUDIM AUCTION * Wednesday Evening September 9, 2015

    September 04, 2015

    Join in the fun of bidding on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah Honors for yourself, relatives, friends or guests.  Many of the successful bids are at reasonable prices, so don’t count yourself out.  Aliyahs, Maftirs, Maftir Yonah, Haggbahs, Gelilahs, Ark Openings, Kol Nidre Torahs, Yizkor Torahs and Neilah – all will be auctioned – as well as Ata Hareisa for Simchat Torah!  

    Come bid, enjoy a light dinner, desserts and beverages -- all while helping support our Shul.

     ****** NEW NIGHT ***** Wednesday Evening, September 9, 2015

    Bidding starts after Ma’ariv Approximately 7:30 p.m. in the Shul Social Hall

     * *  Can’t make it?  Provide silent bids in advance to Auction Co-chairs * *

    For more information or placing silent bids, please call the Shul Office at 973-467-9666 or send email to adam.hanover@cohnreznick.com

     L’Shana Tova ! 

    Sam Alexander and Harry Czinn

    2015 High Holiday Auction Co-chairs

  • Thursday, September 10th, 1:00 pm: LUNCH AND LEARN AT TOKYO HIBACHI, 238 MORRIS AVE. Please RSVP to Rabbi Marcus at ravmook1@aol.com if you plan to attend.

    September 04, 2015
  • JOIN SPRINGFIELD'S TIFERES GROUP! Tiferes, a Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation program for women.

    September 04, 2015
    Join Springfield's Tiferes group. Tiferes, a Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation program for women.
    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)
    Please join us on Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 for the monthly DVD titled: The King is in the Field; Come Close.... In Small Steady Steps by Mrs. Dena Schoonmaker and Rabbi Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro at the Fried house (4 Shadowlawn Drive)

  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    September 04, 2015

    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!

    September 04, 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

    September 04, 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.

  • JKHA'S BONIM MOVING INCENTIVE FOR NEW FAMILIES

    September 04, 2015

    Help grow our community. Tell your friends and family about JKHA's Bonim moving incentive for new families, now valued at over $50,000. Call Sandra Blank, the JKHA Admissions Director, @ 862.437.8050 for details.

  • JEWISH LINK IS SEEKING REPORTERS TO WRITE ABOUT LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS. PLEASE EMAIL jill@jjewishlinknj.com if interested.

    September 04, 2015
  • 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.

    September 04, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    September 04, 2015
  • KOSHER BAGELS SUPREME: CHALLAH AND FISH ORDERS FOR HIGH HOLIDAYS

    September 04, 2015

    If you are interested in purchasing challah and/or fish for the High Holidays, please place your orders by September 8, 2015 for Rosh HaShana and September 17, 2015 for Yom Kippur.

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    September 04, 2015

    August 13, 2015: La Fe Seasoned Rice
    Brand: La Fe   Product: All varieties of seasoned rice  Company: La Fe Food Company, Moonachie, NJ  Issue: Varieties of seasoned rice, including Yellow Rice, Seasoned Rice & Black Beans, Mexican Style Seasoned Rice and Seasoned Rice & Red Beans, bear an unauthorized OU and are not kosher. Corrective action has been implemented. If consumers see this product on the market they are asked, if possible, to take a picture of it and report the location to kosherq@ou.org.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    September 04, 2015

    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.

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

    September 04, 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!

    September 04, 2015

    Kalman's Delicatessen: 779 Mountain Avenue, under the supervision of the Vaad of Metrowest.

    Avalon Glatt: We are excited to announce the opening of the new restaurant and steakhouse Avalon Glatt in Livingston (under the hashgacha of the Vaad HaRabonim of MetroWest). For more info. go to http://www.avalonglatt.com

    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. ** Orders for chalah and fish during the High Holidays should be placed by the following dates: Rosh HaShana - September 8, 2015 Yom Kippur - September 17, 2015

  • IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR ANNUAL MIKVAH MEMBERSHIP!

    September 04, 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

    September 04, 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

  • SPECIAL THANKS

    September 04, 2015

    Thank you to Ben and Daniella Hoffer for sponsoring Tokyo Hibachi for the Youth Leaders this past Tuesday night.

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    Thank you to Josh Stern for creating the logo for the youth newsletter. His continuous help is greatly appreciated.

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS BABYSITTING SCHEDULE

    September 04, 2015

    Babysitting available for ages 12 months through 10 years. Cost: $1/day/per child. Includes light lunch
    * Please register for babysitting when you pick up your holiday seating tickets, or by emailing CISYouthChair@gmail.com. Checks payable to Congregation Israel of Springfield (note on memo of check: Holiday Babysitting)

    Rosh Hashana:
    9/14/15..... 10am-2pm
    9/15/15..... 10am-2pm

    Yom Kippur:
    9/22/15..... Kol Nidre 6:30pm-9:30pm
    9/23/15..... Shachris/Mussaf 10am-3pm
    9/23/15..... N'ila 5pm-8pm

  • Sunday, June 7th, at 10:30 am, classroom: CHAMUDIM WILL BE MAKING KITES!

    September 04, 2015
  • Sunday, June 7th, at 1:00 pm, Florham Park Roller Rink, 192 Ridgedale Ave.,Florham Park, NJ 07932: CHANICHIM/ CHANICOT ROLLER SKATING

    September 04, 2015

    Roller skating at Florham Park roller rink for our Chanichim/Chanichot (and anyone else -Chamudim- who wants to join with adult supervision) $10.00 entry fee per person (admission and skate rental) pizza will be served! * Contact Taco and Rifka Miretzky if you plan to attend.

  • Sisterhood Corner

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

    September 04, 2015
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    September 04, 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

    September 04, 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

  • Shul Activities

  • SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

    September 04, 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.

  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    September 04, 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

  • SITTING BEIS DIN IN THE SHUL BEIS MEDRASH MOTZEI SHABBOS FROM 12AM - 12:30AM & SUNDAY MORNING FROM 9AM-10AM

    September 04, 2015

    Jewish law obligates every Jewish person to cancel, after the culmination of the shmittah year, various types of debt due to him or her.  This does not apply to a debt owed to beis din.

    If a creditor executes a pruzbul, he or she is not obligated to cancel debts.  A pruzbul may be executed at any time before the end of the shmittah year.  However, since a pruzbul covers only debts already existing at the time of its execution, it is usually implemented at the very end of the year.  This Rosh Hashana marks the end of the shmittah year.

    When a creditor arranges for the execution of the pruzbul form below before three men acting as a beis din, debts owed to him or her are transferred by the creditor to the beis din, so that the debts will continue to be in force after the end of the shmittah year, and the beis din then authorizes the creditor to collect on their behalf.

    We will be having a sitting Beis Din in the Shul Beis Medrash this Motzei Shabbos from 12 am - 12:30 am, and this Sunday morning from 9 am - 10 am. If neither of these times work for you, please contact me directly to ensure that you will have a pruzbul properly filled out before the end of the year, September 13, 2015.

    Kesiva v'chasima tova,
    R' Chaim

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    September 04, 2015

    September 5, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored anonymously in honor of the youth leaders.

    Main kiddush and shalosh seudos is sponsored by Diane and Rick Covkin in honor of Serena's Shabbos Kallah and her forthcoming marriage to Adam Pershan.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12, 19,  26     October  3,  10,  17,  24,  31
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   September  12,  19           October  3,  17,  24,  31
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   September  12,  19,  26   October  3,  10,  24,  31 

  • LAST PARSHA ON THE LAWN OF THE SEASON...THIS SHABBOS!

    September 04, 2015

    Please join us for the last Parsha on the Lawn of the season.
    Location: Anya and Eyal Bitansky 22 Richland Drive
    Time: 4:00 PM

    Thank you to our host families: Bitansky, Wind, Hanover and Marcus

  • 5776/2015 HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES SCHEDULE

    September 04, 2015

    The High Holiday Ticket Order Form will be required for you to complete and bring with you for any additional seats you might be purchasing beyond those included with your membership.

    If you are not requesting seating changes and not purchasing additional seats for relatives and guests, please contact the office directly at 973-467-9666 or email at cis-office@congregationisrael.org, and your tickets will be mailed to you. Please inform the office if you will be attending services for both or one of the holidays. Please come no later than 15 minutes before any of the closing times to buy tickets. After 9:00 PM, Thursday, September 10th, the Seating Committee will be unable to hold your seats.

    Dates:                                                            Times:
    Sunday, September 6th                                    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Thursday, September 10th                                  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS"D

    I want to share an interesting Dvar Torah from Rav Mordechai Schifman of Emek Academy in Los Angeles. Have a great Shabbos and a Kesiva v'chasima tova!!

    "Hashem will command the blessing for you in your storehouses..."(28:8)
                
    The word "asamecha" - "your storehouses" is derived from the word "samui" - "hidden". Therefore, the Talmud extrapolates from this verse that blessing is only bestowed upon that which is hidden from the eye. Once the eye has dominion over an item, blessing can no longer be conferred upon it. This is the source for the concept known as "ayin hara" - "evil eye", the ability to wish evil upon oneself or someone else. What are the mechanics of ayin hara?
     
    The Talmud relates that if a person wishes to ward off an ayin hara, he should enclose his left thumb within his right palm, and his right thumb within his left palm, and proclaim the following: "I am a descendant of Yosef." Is this a mystical procedure or does it have a logical basis?
     
    My Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Yochanan Zweig Shlit"a, offers the following insight: The world has been given to man for his use. As long as man realizes that the world is under Hashem's dominion, he benefits from Hashem's protection. When man attempts to seize control from Hashem, he loses his connection to the source of blessing which offered him protection. When a person sees something he desires, he attempts to take possession of it visually. The visual control that a person exerts over an item can impact on it negatively. As long as a person is in Hashem's protective custody, he cannot be affected by another person's vision. When man flaunts his possessions, he attempts to grasp dominion from Hashem. Even when man does not consciously flaunt his possessions, but nevertheless displays his good fortune in a manner which draws the attention of others, he subconsciously takes credit for that which he has. Consequently, he loses protection, and becomes susceptible to the eye of others controlling him.
     
    The Talmud teaches that Yosef's descendants are impervious to the evil eye, for Yosef did not attempt to grasp that which did not belong to him, even visually, i.e. Potiphar's wife. Therefore, the eye cannot control him. If a person is afraid of being attacked by an ayin hara, the Talmud instructs that he should grasp his thumbs. The reason for this procedure is as follows: The hand is the body's controlling and grasping limb, and the finger which dominates these movements is the thumb. By grasping his own thumbs, a person is immobilizing his ability to grasp and control. Therefore, by following this procedure, in conjunction with the statement that he is from Yosef, who refused to grasp or control that which did not belong to him, he proclaims that he is not a person who grasps or controls that which does not belong to him. Thus, he hopes to be afforded the necessary protection from ayin hara.

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Sep 05, 2015

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  • Parsha

    Ki Savo

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:05 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:07 pm

  • Mincha

    5:45 pm & 7:10 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:41 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    5:30 pm

  • Halachos Pruzbul

    6:20 pm

  • Mincha

    6:50 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:13 pm

  • Selichos

    12:30 am

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  • Sunday 9/6
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:10 pm

  • Mon.9/7 Labor Day
  • Shacharis begins with Selichos

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:05 pm

  • Tues. 9/8 & Wed. 9/9
  • Shacharis

    6:05 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichos

    6:45 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:05 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Tues. Evening

    8:15 pm

  • Thurs. 9/10
  • Shacharis

    6:00 am & 7:05 am

  • Selichos

    6:45 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:05 pm & 9:00 pm

  • B'Iyun Shiur- Thurs. Evening at Marcus residence

    9:15 pm

  • Mussar for Men- Thurs. Evening at Marcus Residence

    10:00 pm

  • Night Seder- Mon. thru Thurs.

    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Friday 9/11
  • Shacharis

    6:05 pm & 7:00 am

  • Selichos

    6:45 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:55 pm

  • Mincha

    7:00 pm