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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

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

    August 22, 2014

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

  • Thursday, August 25, 2014, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Temple Sha'Arey Shalom, 78 So. Springfield Ave.,Springfield,NJ: BLOOD DRIVE

    August 22, 2014

    To schedule an appointment (enter click here with public scheduler) or call 1-800-933-2566. Please bring identification with photo or signature.

    If you are unable to attend this blood drive www.nybloodcenter.org/eligibility or call 1-800-933-2566.
    For questions about eligibility to donate due to travel outside the U.S., medications or medical conditions, click here or call 1-800-688-0900. For information about the Donor Advantage Program, please visit www.mydonoradvantage.com.

  • SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 31ST - PARSHA ON THE LAWN #3 AND FINAL FOR THIS SUMMER - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

    August 22, 2014

    A big yasher koach to the Fried, Ostrow, Borenstein, Nusbaum, Kohn, Stern, Alexander and Shulman families for organizing our 2nd Parsha on the Lawn! It was great to see such a wonderful turnout, adults and children alike all enjoyed the beautiful weather, conversation and delicious treats. A special thank you to Josh Stern for sharing a dvar Torah and to the Fried family for hosting.

  • SPECIAL SUMMER WOMEN'S TEHILLIM REQUEST

    August 22, 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 22, 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.
    Sunday, August 31st, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, 275 Northview Terrace.

  • 5775/2014 HIGH HOLIDAYS TICKET SALES SCHEDULE

    August 22, 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

  • SHMIRA PROJECT: CONNECT WITH AND SUPPORT MANY OF ACHEINU B' YISRAEL.

    August 22, 2014

    The website, shmiraproject.com, is the place to register for a beautiful program. You sign up to receive the name of an active soldier in the IDF who is interested in having someone pray and do mitzvos specifically on his or her behalf.

    The Shmira Project is a person to person match that everyone can do. It follows the ancient practice of pairing physical effort with spiritual effort. The families of soldiers enjoy the reassurance of spiritual support for their children. Participants enjoy knowing that they bring about unity and connectedness. There are absolutely no fees.

    Please sign up today!

  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    August 22, 2014

    AUGUST 6, 2014: The cRc has been informed by Global Kosher that effective immediately, due to kashruth violations, The Speyside Scotch is no longer certified as kosher even when bearing the Global Kosher logo.

  • KIDDUSHIM

    August 22, 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 23, 2014

    The early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Natailie and Bill Bratash in memory of their daughter, Irina Bratash.

    Main kiddush is sponsored by Sherry and Henry Stein in memory of Henry's father, Bernard Stein z"l.

    Seudat Shlishit is unsponsored this week.

    Early Minyan Kiddush

    Available Dates:    August 30        September 13, 20

    Main Kiddush

    Available Dates:    August 30        September 6, 13, 20

    Shalosh SeudosAvailable Dates:     August 30        September 6, 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 22, 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 22, 2014
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    August 22, 2014
  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD- 42 CENTER STREET

    August 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 2014
  • Sunday, August 17th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom: CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6) CREATING WIND CHIMES

    August 22, 2014


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

    August 22, 2014


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

    August 22, 2014


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

    August 22, 2014
  • Nursery Corner

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

    August 22, 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 22, 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 22, 2014
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    August 22, 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 22, 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

  • AUGUST, SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    August 22, 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 22, 2014
  • KASHRUT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

    August 22, 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

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

    August 22, 2014

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

  • Thursday, August 25, 2014, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Temple Sha'Arey Shalom, 78 So. Springfield Ave.,Springfield,NJ: BLOOD DRIVE

    August 22, 2014

    To schedule an appointment (enter click here with public scheduler) or call 1-800-933-2566. Please bring identification with photo or signature.

    If you are unable to attend this blood drive www.nybloodcenter.org/eligibility or call 1-800-933-2566.
    For questions about eligibility to donate due to travel outside the U.S., medications or medical conditions, click here or call 1-800-688-0900. For information about the Donor Advantage Program, please visit www.mydonoradvantage.com.

  • SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 31ST - PARSHA ON THE LAWN #3 AND FINAL FOR THIS SUMMER - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

    August 22, 2014

    A big yasher koach to the Fried, Ostrow, Borenstein, Nusbaum, Kohn, Stern, Alexander and Shulman families for organizing our 2nd Parsha on the Lawn! It was great to see such a wonderful turnout, adults and children alike all enjoyed the beautiful weather, conversation and delicious treats. A special thank you to Josh Stern for sharing a dvar Torah and to the Fried family for hosting.

  • SPECIAL SUMMER WOMEN'S TEHILLIM REQUEST

    August 22, 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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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

                The way the Jewish Calendar is arranged, Parshas Re’eh, this week’s Torah portion, is almost always the parsha read on the Shabbos immediately preceding Rosh Chodesh Elul. This year, being no exception to the rule, Rosh Chodesh Elul is this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. During the month of Elul our attention turns to the rapidly approaching “Days of Awe,” and their major theme of teshuva.

    The process of returning to meaningful relationship with Hashem seems to be fraught with pitfalls and difficulties. How can an individual, one soiled with numerous transgressions, suddenly reawaken an ostensibly estranged relationship with the Almighty? Are we to just ignore the stain of chet, sin, that clings to the person, and which would seemingly prevent a proper rekindling of the bond?

    The Vilna Gaon (R. Eliyahu Kramer; 1720-1797), responding to these very concerns, quotes one word from the first verse in this week’s parsha: ‘hayom,’ meaning ‘today. He teaches based on this single word, and several other sources, that there are times when one must begin entirely anew. A person returning from mistaken ways is considered to be like a newborn child, with no past to speak of. Sometimes, the Torah tells us, we must look only at ‘today,’ not yesterday, nor the day before, nor weeks, or even years before. Teshuva gives us a clean slate to commence writing a new biography. Now is the time to fix those chapters that you wanted to alter, or perhaps even erase. It is all a matter of hayom. Carpe diem.

    Have a great Shabbos, a Chodesh tov, and a Kesivah v’chasimah tovah.

     

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1 Elul 5774

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  • Parsha

    Shoftim

  • Erev Shabbat
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:22 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:16 pm

  • Mincha

    6:05 pm & 7:30 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:37 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Daf Yomi

    5:55 pm

  • Pirkei Avot Shiur

    6:40 pm

  • Mincha

    7:10 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:23 pm

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  • Sunday 8/24
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Daf Yomi

    7:15 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:25pm

  • Mon. 8/25
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:25 pm

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

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:15 pm

  • Tues. 8/26 & Wed. 8/27 Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:25 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Thurs. 8/28
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:25 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 8/29
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:13 pm & 7:16 pm

  • Mincha

    5:55 pm & 7:20 pm