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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

  • DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR SHEMURAH MATZAH ORDER FORM AND PAYMENT IN FULL IS FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

    March 27, 2015

    Cost is $22.00 per pound. Order forms can be downloaded from the shul website. Hard copies are also available in the shul office and lobby for your convenience. Payment in full must be submitted with your order. Please make checks payable to Congregation Israel and mark on the memo of your check "Shemurah Matzo order". Pick up will start Tuesday, March 31st, at the shul. Times for pick up to follow via email and phone tree.

  • RABBI MARCUS WILL BE IN THE SHUL THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH, FROM 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, IF ANYONE NEEDS TO SELL THEIR CHOMETZ.

    March 27, 2015
  • Sunday, March 29th: KASHERING OF UTENSILS

    March 27, 2015

    This year we will once again be having a representative from the “Go Kosher” organization kashering our utensils for us. It will be taking place in the shul kitchen, between 10:15 am and 1:00 pm. If you plan on coming that morning, please email Rabbi Marcus at ravmook1@aol.com to sign up for a 15 minute slot during which you will bring your items to the shul and they will be kashered.

  • Sunday, March 29th: SHAIMOS PICK UP AT CIS

    March 27, 2015

    TO ACCOMMODATE OUR COMMUNITIES MEMBERS, WE HAVE ARRANGED WITH A SHAIMOS SERVICE COMPANY TO PICK UP YOUR SHAIMOS FROM THE CIS SHUL PARKING LOT THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH, FROM 2:15 PM TO 3:15 PM.

    * PAYMENT, IN CASH, FOR THIS SERVICE IS TO BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE TRUCK DRIVER AT TIME OF PICK UP.

    PRICES:
    50 GAL GARBAGE BAG = $25
    SHOPPING BAG = $10
    MEDIUM BOX (i.e., wine box) = $20

    ** UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS ANY SHAIMOS TO BE DROPPED OFF ANYWHERE IN THE SHUL BUILDING. SHAIMOS MUST BE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO THE DRIVER.

  • THE SHUL WILL HAVE AN ADDITIONAL DUMPSTER IN THE SHUL PARKING LOT FROM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST (AFTER 9AM) TO FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD UNTIL 11:30 AM. ALL CHAMETZ CAN BE DISPOSED IN THE LARGE DUMPSTER ONLY UNTIL THIS TIME.

    March 27, 2015
  • Friday, April 3rd, 7:50 am - 10:00 am: BIUR CHAMETZ BONFIRE IN THE SHUL PARKING LOT. FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING, PLEASE CONTACT DAVID ARTMAN.

    March 27, 2015

    ** PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ONLY SUPPOSED TO BURN CHOMETZ, FOOD ITEMS, NOT PLASTIC, GLASS, ALUMINUM, OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS DANGEROUS TO BURN!! **

  • PICTURE TAKING AT CIS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH, 11:30 AM

    March 27, 2015

    We will be taking pictures of children in front of the shul building this Sunday, March 29th, at 11:30 am, for our new promotional materials. Anyone who can join with their children, would be very helpful!

  • REMINDER: BE SAFE...NOT SORRY! PLEASE CHECK YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS AND ENSURE THERE IS AN OPERATING ONE ON EACH FLOOR. SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES!

    March 27, 2015
  • KIDDUSHIM:

    March 27, 2015

    March 28, 2015

    The Kiddush luncheon this Shabbos will be sponsored by the shul and Sisterhood, and to wish everyone a happy and warm Pesach.

    Desserts for this week's kiddush is sponsored by Shifra and Aron Srolovitz in memory of Shifra's father, Nachum Binyamin ben Avraham HaLevi z"l.

    Shalosh seudos is sponsored by Shana and Howie Beigelman in honor of Howie's father's shloshim.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    April 25     May  16, 23
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    April 25     May  9, 23
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    April 25     May  9, 16, 23, 30

  • CLEANING YOUR HOUSE FOR PESACH? LOTS OF FOOD TO GET RID OF?

    March 27, 2015

    A collection will be made of all sealed and non-expired food to be donated to the Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Program of Elizabeth.  Pick up an orange donation bag from the Shul office, fill it up, and either drop it off at the Shul lobby on Sunday, March 29th, before 12:00 pm, or email pesachfooddonation@gmail.com for a pickup from your porch (have the bag waiting on your porch on March 29th before 12:00 pm).  

    If you have any questions please email pesachfooddonation@gmail.com or contact Keevy Fried or Daniel Krausz. 
  • LOOKING FOR A SEDER OR YOM TOV MEAL? PLEASE CONTACT MARILYN BIELORY AT MARILYNMBIELORY@ME.COM

    March 27, 2015
  • Wednesday, April 15th, 12:00 pm: LUNCH AND LEARN AT TOKYO HIBACHI, 238 MORRIS AVE. Please RSVP to Rabbi Marcus at ravmook1@aol.com if you plan to attend.

    March 27, 2015
  • COUNTDOWN TO SHUL DINNER!! LESS THAN 5 WEEKS UNTIL THE DINNER!!!

    March 27, 2015

    Please submit your ads & make reservations online or by mail. Go to wizadjournal.com/cisannualdinnerjournal2015/

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

    March 27, 2015

    Congregation Israel of Springfield announces it’s 40th Annual Dinner and Tribute Journal!

     Come celebrate with us as we honor the following members of our synagogue.

    RABBI ISRAEL E. TURNER MEMORIAL AWARD, GUESTS OF HONOR – Sara Youner and  Howard Apsan

    EDWARD KONIGSBERG MEMORIAL AWARD – Dr. Bruce Francis

    AISHET CHAYIL AWARD – Dr. Rachel Kohn

    YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD– Daniella and Ben Hoffer

    JOSEPH TAMMAM MEMORIAL YOUTH COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – Jordana Hanover

    This year we are pleased to present the following award.

    COMMUNITY BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD – Joseph J. Fleming, P.E., P.P., Executive Vice President, at Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC

  • HELP SUPPORT CAMP HASC!

    March 27, 2015
    Friday morning in Jerusalem, Devora Alexander ran in the Camp HASC Run in support of Camp HASC. Camp HASC, a camp for individuals with specail needs, creates an enviroment for the campers where the possibilities are endless, and the campers can reach their full potential. Please help Devora support Camp HASC by making a donation @ https://go.camphasc.org/fundraise?fcid=393201 or by giving check made out to Camp HASC to her father, Sam Alexander. Every donation, large or small, will help achieve her goal!  Thanks so much for your support.
  • HELP KEEP OUR SHUL TIDY!

    March 27, 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

    March 27, 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.

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

    March 27, 2015
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 17th: YESHIVA OF ELIZABETH PTA ANNUAL WALK-A-THON AND FAMILY FUN DAY AT NOMAHEGAN PARK IN CRANFORD, NJ. FOR MORE INFO. CONTACT SHARON KONIGSBERG AT SHARKONIGSBERG@GMAIL.COM

    March 27, 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.

    March 27, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    March 27, 2015
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    March 27, 2015

    March 25, 2015: Premier Parchment Paper
    Brand: Premier     Product: Parchment Paper     Company: Premier Food Packaging, Brooklyn, NY     Issue: Unauthorized OU

    The OU does not certify Premier Parchment Paper and it bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective measures are being implemented.

    March 18, 2015: Target Vinegar
    Brand: Market Pantry     Product: White Cooking Wine; Sherry Cooking Wine; Marsala Cooking Wine; Red Cooking Wine: White Wine Vinegar     Company: Target Corporation, Minneapolis MN     Issue: Unauthorized OU

    The Orthodox Union does not certify Market Pantry cooking wines or white wine vinegar. Some labels were mistakenly labeled with an OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    March 27, 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!

    March 27, 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!

    March 27, 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!

    March 27, 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

    March 27, 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

  • Sunday, March 29th, from 10:30 amd - 11:30 am, shul: THERE WILL BE 2 AMAZING EVENTS TAKING PLACE!

    March 27, 2015

    Chamudim - Brachos supermarket sweepstakes, will be taking place at the shul.

    Chanichim/Chanichot - Our second annual "Brachos Bee" will also be taking place at the shul!

  • Shabbos, March 14th, CHANICHIM / CHANICHOT:

    March 27, 2015
  • Sunday, March 22nd, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classroom, CHANICHIM/ CHANICHOT:

    March 27, 2015
  • Sunday, March 22nd, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CIS Classrooms, CHAMUDIM (Ages 3-6):

    March 27, 2015


  • Nursery Corner

  • GREAT CAMPJOB OPPORTUNITY FOR A HIGH SCHOOLER, AGE 15+ !

    March 27, 2015

    Camp Kitanim of Congregation Israel of Springfield, led by Director Chelsea Shulman, is currently looking to fill a junior counselor position. The ideal candidate will be energetic, responsible and love working with children. Fun environment, competitive salary, excellent staff. Please email campkitanim@gmail.com to apply.

  • CAMP KITANIM - Registration Is Now Open

    March 27, 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.

    March 27, 2015
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    March 27, 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

    March 27, 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, March 9th, 7:30 pm, home of Elana & Jeremy Erez, 21 Janet Lane.: TAHARAS HAMISHPACHA, 3RD PART REVIEW CLASS FOR MARRIED WOMEN GIVEN BY LEA MARCUS.

    March 27, 2015
  • Shul Activities

  • THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN IS SPONSORED BY CHARLOTTE AND HOWARD BLOCK COMMEMORATING THE YAHRTZEIT OF HOWARD'S FATHER, LOUIS BLOCK- ARYEH LEIB BEN HILLEL Z"L.

    March 27, 2015

    April bulletin sponsored by the Lachs family.
    May bulletin sponsored by Beth and Marty Aron.

    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

    March 27, 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

  • DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR SHEMURAH MATZAH ORDER FORM AND PAYMENT IN FULL IS FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

    March 27, 2015

    Cost is $22.00 per pound. Order forms can be downloaded from the shul website. Hard copies are also available in the shul office and lobby for your convenience. Payment in full must be submitted with your order. Please make checks payable to Congregation Israel and mark on the memo of your check "Shemurah Matzo order". Pick up will start Tuesday, March 31st, at the shul. Times for pick up to follow via email and phone tree.

  • RABBI MARCUS WILL BE IN THE SHUL THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH, FROM 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, IF ANYONE NEEDS TO SELL THEIR CHOMETZ.

    March 27, 2015

  • Sunday, March 29th: KASHERING OF UTENSILS

    March 27, 2015

    This year we will once again be having a representative from the “Go Kosher” organization kashering our utensils for us. It will be taking place in the shul kitchen, between 10:15 am and 1:00 pm. If you plan on coming that morning, please email Rabbi Marcus at ravmook1@aol.com to sign up for a 15 minute slot during which you will bring your items to the shul and they will be kashered.

  • Sunday, March 29th: SHAIMOS PICK UP AT CIS

    March 27, 2015

    TO ACCOMMODATE OUR COMMUNITIES MEMBERS, WE HAVE ARRANGED WITH A SHAIMOS SERVICE COMPANY TO PICK UP YOUR SHAIMOS FROM THE CIS SHUL PARKING LOT THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH, FROM 2:15 PM TO 3:15 PM.

    * PAYMENT, IN CASH, FOR THIS SERVICE IS TO BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE TRUCK DRIVER AT TIME OF PICK UP.

    PRICES:
    50 GAL GARBAGE BAG = $25
    SHOPPING BAG = $10
    MEDIUM BOX (i.e., wine box) = $20

    ** UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS ANY SHAIMOS TO BE DROPPED OFF ANYWHERE IN THE SHUL BUILDING. SHAIMOS MUST BE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO THE DRIVER.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS"D

    Each of the korbanos offered in the Mikdash had its own set of instructions, and regulations. The directions related to all different aspects of the offerings, such as what type of animal/foodstuff could be used, exactly how it was to be brought, who benefited from the sacrifice, if people were allowed to partake of it, and what were the time constraints.

    When discussing the Korban Todah- the Thanksgiving Offering, the Torah teaches that it must be eaten on the day it was brought; none can be leftover until the morning (7:15). There are other sacrifices that have the same limitation, but they are generally brought as an act of repentance for a sin. The todah is a peace-offering, and peace-offerings are normally allowed to be consumed over a two day period. Why is the todah different?

    The Imrei Emes (R. Avrohom Mordechai Alter; 3rd Rebbe of Gerrer Chasidic Dynasty; 1865-1948) explains that the korban todah is brought to thank Hashem for a miracle. As such, every day we should be bringing a new sacrifice, because every day Hashem performs new miracles on our behalf. We know this from the Modim section of the Amidah, where we thank the Almighty for Neesecha she’bechol yom eemanu- Your miracles that are with us every day.” Therefore, the limit on the todah is only one day, as opposed to the other peace-offerings, to drive home this lesson- each day the Ribbono Shel Olam, the Master of the World, does new miracles on our behalf as an expression of His love and concern for us. May we merit to see the new miracles each day.

    Have a great Shabbos and a Chag kasher v’saemach.

     

    *3 QUICK PRE-PESACH REMINDERS*

     1. Please clean your area in the Shul and Beis Medrash to make sure there is no chometz left in the Shul. 

    2. We are looking for volunteers to help with the Shul bedikah on Thursday evening, beginning at 9:30 PM. 

    3. Once again we are most fortunate to have David Artman taking charge of the chometz burning on Erev Pesach, early Friday morning, in the shul parking lot, from 7:50 AM – 10:00 AM. Please note that we are only supposed to burn chometz,food items, NOT plastic, glass, aluminum, or anything else that is dangerous to burn!!

     

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Mar 28, 2015

8 Nisan 5775

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  • Parsha

    Tzav

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:00 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    6:58 pm

  • Mincha

    5:45 pm & 7:00 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Parsha Shiur

    8:35 am

  • Shema

    9:55 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Shabbos Hagadol Derasha

    6:00 pm

  • Mincha

    6:45 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:07 pm

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  • Sunday 3/29
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:05 pm

  • Mon.3/30
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:05 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Women's Tehillim, Mon. Evening

    7:15 pm

  • Women's Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    8:00 pm

  • Tues. 3/31 & Wed. 4/1
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:05 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Thurs. 4/2
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:05 pm & 9:00 pm

  • Friday 4/3 Erev Pesach
  • Fast of the Firstborn

  • Fast Begins

    5:26 am

  • Shacharis

    6:45 am

  • Latest Time to Eat Chametz

    10:19 am

  • Latest Time to Own Chametz

    11:32 am

  • Candle Lighting

    7:05 pm

  • Mincha

    7:10 pm

  • Fast Ends

    8:00 pm

  • First Seder Night

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