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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

  • WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY!

    August 29, 2014

    We would like to wish a warm welcome to the Schvarcz and Levy families who recently moved to the Springfield community!

  • 3RD AND FINAL PARSHA ON THE LAWN THIS SHABBOS!

    August 29, 2014

    Please join us for a relaxing afternoon getting to know other shul members and enjoying inspiring words of Torah from Rabbi Marcus.

    Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend!

    When: Shabbos afternoon August 30th at 4:00 PM
    Where: Lachs Family backyard 404 Mountain Ave.

    Thank you to the following families for hosting this weekend's event:Kohn, Hanover, Kigner, Schiffman, Miretzky, Landy, Frank, Babich, Lachs and Czarka

  • CIS SHUL OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FROM AUGUST 25TH THRU 29TH.

    August 29, 2014

    Please feel free to leave a non-urgent message on the answering machine and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

  • SPECIAL SUMMER WOMEN'S TEHILLIM REQUEST

    August 29, 2014

    Many of our regulars, who participate in our weekly women's tehillim group, are out of town in the summer. If you are interested in attending and/or reading, please contact Melanie Wind at 973-467-5726.

  • Sunday, August 31st, 10:00 AM, 275 Northview Terrace, Springfield: SIMCHAT BAT AT THE SROLOVITZ RESIDENCE

    August 29, 2014

    Shifra and Aron Srolovitz would like to invite the entire community to an Open House Simchat Bat, celebrating the birth of their daughter, Nessa.

  • 5775/2014 HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES SCHEDULE

    August 29, 2014

    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 1:00 PM, Sunday, September 21st, the Seating Committee will be unable to hold your seats.

    Ticket Sale Schedule 5775/2014

     

     

    Dates:

    Times:

    Tuesday, September 2

    7:00 pm 9:00 pm

    Friday, September 5

    9:00 am 12:00 pm

    Sunday, September 7

    10:00 am 12:00 pm

    Friday, September 12

    9:00 am 12:00 pm

    Sunday, September 14

    10:00 am 12:00 pm

    Wednesday, September 17

    8:00 pm 10:00 pm

    Sunday, September 21

    10:00 am 1:00 pm

  • Motzei Shabbat, September 6th, 9:15 pm, Shul Beit Medrash: A special presentation by the executive director of Lemaan Archai.

    August 29, 2014

    A special presentation by the executive director of Lemaan Achai, a very unique Tzedakah organization in Israel - 'Before, During, After: Personal and Professional Perspectives from Operation Protective Edge'

  • KIDDUSHIM

    August 29, 2014

    Planning a shul or community event? Please note, all shul functions need to be approved and added to the shul calendar to ensure  there are no date conflicts. In addition, any community events submitted for the bulletin need calendar approval. All calendar related items should be forwarded to  Anya Bitansky at anya@bitansky.com

    August 30, 2014

    The early minyan kiddush, main kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored this week.

    Early Minyan Kiddush

    Available Dates:    September 13, 20

    Main Kiddush

    Available Dates:    September 13, 20

    Shalosh SeudosAvailable Dates:     September 13, 20

  • SHUL COATROOM: PLEASE REMOVE ALL PERSONAL ITEMS FROM THE COATROOM. ANY ITEMS LEFT OVER WILL BE DISCARDED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

    August 29, 2014
  • 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.

    August 29, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    August 29, 2014
  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD- 42 CENTER STREET

    August 29, 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 Ashley Weinstein at (732) 433-7196.


  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    August 29, 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!

    August 29, 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!

    August 29, 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.

  • Youth Corner

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS BABYSITTING

    August 29, 2014

    The Youth and Religious Committees are pleased to coordinate babysitting for the High Holidays once again. The schedule will be published in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please contact Andrew Nusbaum at CISYouthChair@gmail.com to offer ideas for this year or if you know someone who is interested in becoming a babysitter.

  • THIS MONTH'S THEME IS CREATION! LOOKING FORWARD TO AN AMAZING MONTH!

    August 29, 2014
  • Sunday, August 17th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom: CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6) CREATING WIND CHIMES

    August 29, 2014


  • Sunday, August 24th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom.: CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT (Ages 7-12) CREATION BANNER

    August 29, 2014


  • Shabbos, August 30th, Miretzky residence, 345 Mountain Ave.: TEEN LUNCH

    August 29, 2014


  • Sunday, September 7th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, CIS Classroom: FIRST YOUTH COUNCIL BOARD MEETING

    August 29, 2014
  • Nursery Corner

  • CIS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM- REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

    August 29, 2014

    Full time  and  part time program available for 2 and 3 year olds. Join our fun, exciting program with professional, loving teachers. Sensory friendly program with both Judaic/secular academics working on all developmental areas. Registration forms are available in the shul office. For more information, please contact Naomi Lieberman at 917-940-6277.

  • Sisterhood Corner

  • SISTERHOOD NEW YEAR'S CARDS 5775

    August 29, 2014

    Please join CIS Sisterhood in wishing our fellow congregants a happy, healthy and sweet New Year by participating in our annual New Year's cards! Cost is $10.00 per household. Payment is due by September 1, 2014. All sponsors will be listed on a Shana Tova Card that will be sent to the entire shul.

    Please make checks payable to Congregation Israel Sisterhood and mail your form along with payment in full to Miryam Smilow, 57 Redwood Road, Springfield, NJ 07081 Attn: Sisterhood Rosh HaShana. Forms can be downloaded from the shul website and hard copies will be available in the shul lobby for your convenience.

  • SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING: WEDNESDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, 8:00 PM IN SHUL.

    August 29, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    August 29, 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

    August 29, 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

  • SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    August 29, 2014

    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.

  • BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 19, 2014, 8:15 PM, SHUL SOCIAL HALL

    August 29, 2014
  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    August 29, 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

  • WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY!

    August 29, 2014

    We would like to wish a warm welcome to the Schvarcz and Levy families who recently moved to the Springfield community!

  • 3RD AND FINAL PARSHA ON THE LAWN THIS SHABBOS!

    August 29, 2014

    Please join us for a relaxing afternoon getting to know other shul members and enjoying inspiring words of Torah from Rabbi Marcus.

    Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend!

    When: Shabbos afternoon August 30th at 4:00 PM
    Where: Lachs Family backyard 404 Mountain Ave.

    Thank you to the following families for hosting this weekend's event:Kohn, Hanover, Kigner, Schiffman, Miretzky, Landy, Frank, Babich, Lachs and Czarka

  • CIS SHUL OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FROM AUGUST 25TH THRU 29TH.

    August 29, 2014

    Please feel free to leave a non-urgent message on the answering machine and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

  • SPECIAL SUMMER WOMEN'S TEHILLIM REQUEST

    August 29, 2014

    Many of our regulars, who participate in our weekly women's tehillim group, are out of town in the summer. If you are interested in attending and/or reading, please contact Melanie Wind at 973-467-5726.

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  • Torah Thought

    By: Jeffrey Katz

    This Torah thought is being dedicated to my beloved Rebbe, HaRav Gershon Yenkelewitz, zt"l, who passed away last week at the age of 104. He was a student of the Chafetz Chaim zt"l, Reb Yeruchem Levovitz zt"l, and an 'alter Mirrer,' a student of the Mir Yeshiva that escaped the Holocaust via Shanghai. He was the epitome of true Torah Royalty, encompassing the best in Torah scholarship and Middos.

    "When you go out to the battle against your enemy, and you see horse and chariot, a people more numerous than you, you shall not fear them, for Hashem your G-d is with you, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt."(20:1)
    I would like to learn this verse in a metaphorical manner. Every person is confronted daily with a battle against their own personal "evil inclination." The choice to do good or to do evil is before us. At times we might feel a bit overwhelmed by the many ploys and schemes put before us by the evil inclination. This can be very disheartening and, G-d forbid, hopelessness can set in. However, since all battles are similar, the verse above might give us some clue as to how we can handle the battle confronting us daily with the evil inclination.

    In verse 20:1 above, the Torah is telling us that when the Jewish people face a great enemy or foe, we should not fear. Instead we are to remember that G-d took us out of Egypt. There is something about the Egyptian redemption that is very significant when confronting an enemy. This is what we must focus our attention on to perhaps get a glimpse into how to succeed against our own personal struggle with evil. The answer is perhaps as follows: When Hashem took the Jewish people out of Egypt, He revealed his splendor to the world with the multitude of miracles and wonders that were performed for the sake of the Jewish people. Our perception of Hashem was actualized and put into focus.Therefore, the more we can perceive Hashem, the less the evil inclination has dominion over us. This can readily be understood, for how can a person possibly sin if one can actually feels Hashem's presence? Sin is virtually impossible in such a circumstace. When we focus our attention on the Egyptian redemption, we actualize our perception of Hashem. King David understood this concept well, as he stated in Psalms 16:8, "I have set Hashem Before me always." If Hashem is before you always, then the "evil inclination's" imaginary strength falters and melts away.

    Have a good Shabbos.

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Sep 03, 2014

8 Elul 5774

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  • Parsha

    Ki Seitzei

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:13 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:04 pm

  • Mincha

    5:55 pm & 7:20 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:39 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Boys Mishanayos Shiur, grades 2-5, will start next Shabbat

  • Daf Yomi

    5:45 pm

  • Pirkei Avot Shiur

    6:30 pm

  • Mincha

    7:00 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:12 pm

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  • Sunday 8/31
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Daf Yomi

    7:15 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:15 pm

  • Mon. 9/1 Labor Day
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:15 pm

  • Daf Yomi during the weeknights is immediately after Mincha/Maariv

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 9/2 & Wed. 9/3
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:10 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Thurs. 9/4
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:10 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

  • Friday 9/5
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:03 pm & 7:05 pm

  • Mincha

    5:45 pm & 7:10 pm