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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

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    July 31, 2015

    August 1, 2015

    Early minyan is sponsored by Ricci and Michael Bochner in memory of Abraham Gruenbaum.

    Main kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored.

    August 8, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush will be sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe.

    Main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   August  15,  22,  29
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   August   8,  15,  29
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   August   8,  15,  22,  29

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 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.

    July 31, 2015
  • JOIN SPRINGFIELD'S TIFERES GROUP! Tiferes, a Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation program for women.

    July 31, 2015
    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. For additional information or if you would like to be come a member, please see Deena Fried (cell: 248-935-0452)

  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    July 31, 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!

    July 31, 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

    July 31, 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

    July 31, 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.

    July 31, 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.

    July 31, 2015
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    July 31, 2015
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    July 31, 2015

    July 20, 2015: William-Sonoma Truffle Rub
    Brand: Williams-Sonoma       Product: Black Truffle Rub       Company: Williams-Sonoma San Fransisco, CA       Issue: Missing D - Dairy Designation

    The Orthodox Union certifies Williams-Sonoma Black Truffle Rub as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some labels were printed with a plain OU, without the D - Dairy symbol. Corrective action has been implemented.

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    July 31, 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!

    July 31, 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!

    July 31, 2015

    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.

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

    July 31, 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

    July 31, 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 Ashley Weinstein at (732) 433-7196.

  • Youth Corner

  • Hakaras Hatov!

    July 31, 2015

    Thank you to this week's amazing Shabbos Youth Group volunteers: Elana Erez, Lani Krausz, and Tzippy Warshaw, as well as to the dedicated youth leaders, Beryl Artman, Genah Grossman, Mark Grossman, Danielle Shanskhalil and Lana Stern.

    Special thanks to Daniella Hoffer for organizing this Summer's Shabbos groups. Please contact Andrew Nusbaum, CISYouthChair@gmail.com, to find out how you can get involved.

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

    July 31, 2015
  • Sunday, June 7th, at 1:00 pm, Florham Park Roller Rink, 192 Ridgedale Ave.,Florham Park, NJ 07932: CHANICHIM/ CHANICOT ROLLER SKATING

    July 31, 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.

    July 31, 2015
  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    July 31, 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

    July 31, 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

  • AUGUST & SEPTEMBER BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

    July 31, 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

    July 31, 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

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    July 31, 2015

    August 1, 2015

    Early minyan is sponsored by Ricci and Michael Bochner in memory of Abraham Gruenbaum.

    Main kiddush and Shalosh Seudos are unsponsored.

    August 8, 2015

    Early minyan kiddush will be sponsored by Ellen and Jerry Tarlowe.

    Main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:   August  15,  22,  29
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:   August   8,  15,  29
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:   August   8,  15,  22,  29

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

    July 31, 2015

    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. For additional information or if you would like to be come a member, please see Deena Fried (cell: 248-935-0452)

  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    July 31, 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!

    July 31, 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.

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  • Dvrei Torah

    By: Keevy Fried

    We experience the saddest day of the year on Tishab’Av, but yet as soon as it’s over we get excited to eat meat again, get haircuts and shave, listen to music, resume life as normal, and enjoy the summer the way we’d like to. Where is our continued sense of mourning? We haven’t seen the BeisHamikdash (the 3rd Temple) rebuilt – why aren’t we still sad? Why do we just continue with life as is and not carry the sense of mourning like we did on Tishab’Av throughout the year?

    As this Shabbos, is known as Shabbos Nachamu (Consolation), three thoughts come to mind that help me personally reconcile this paradox:

    1.       A Jew must be happy: In Parshas Ki Savo, which we’ll be reading in a few weeks, Moshe relates all the curses that the Jews will receive for not following in the ways of Hashem and the Torah. But the systemic cause and underlying reason that they do not follow in the ways of Hashem and the Torah is because they didn’t live life as HAPPY Jews: “because you did not serve Hashem, your G-d, amid gladness and goodness of heart…”(Deuteronomy 28:47). Although it might be sad and extremely depressing that the BeisHaMikdash hasn’t been rebuilt, Hashem wants to see us serving him out of happiness. The KotzkerRebbe explains that for the month of Av we must lessen our happiness, and for the month of Adar we must increase our happiness, but we only could lessen and increase because we are ALWAYS happy as Jews.

    2.       Live for the moment but look to the future:   How do we approach life that we’ll always be in a state of happiness? There is a famous Gemara at the end of Tractate Makkos [24a]: Rabbi Akiva was walking with several other Rabbis in the ruins of Jerusalem and when they reached the Temple Mount they saw a fox emerging from the place of the Holy of Holies. The Rabbis all started weeping, except Rabbi Akiva who laughed. The Rabbis explained that they were weeping because a place so holy was now desecrated with a fox walking through it. Rabbi Akiva explained to them that he was laughing because that alongside the prophecy that the Temple will be destroyed was the prophecy that it will be rebuilt.   With these words his colleagues replied to him: "Akiva, you have consoled us! Akiva, you have consoled us!"

    Rabbi Akiva understood that Hashem runs the world and that if one aspect of what he promised has come true, so will everything else. We must live this way as well. If we trust Hashem and understand that although times are tough and we’ve suffered a lot as Jews, His promise will be kept and we will experience the building of the BeisHaMikdash soon in our days.

    3.       Hashem is here, Hashem is there, Hashem is truly everywhere: The Talmud [Bava Basra 121b] teaches us that along with Yom Kippur, the 15 of Av, known as Tub’Av (this Friday) is celebrated as one of the happiest days of the year. There are several reasons, however one of them really teaches us that in the direst of circumstances we could feel Hashem’s presence and celebrate.   The story of Beitar, where Jews were brutally murdered after the Bar Kochba rebellion teaches us this. Millions were killed and the Romans refused to let their bodies be buried, however 17 years later the Jews were finally granted permission to return this city, and they found the bodies which were not decomposed at all. This was a true miracle. 

    We know that when a neshama leaves a body the body decays. With the destruction of the second BeisHaMikdash, the Jewish people thought that Hashem’s presence was to leave them as well.   This miracle showed the Jews that although they lost the BeisHaMikdash, Hashem’s presence had not left them. It indicated to them that they as Jews still had Hashem with them, that they remained as G-d’s chosen nation, and that they were still able to access spirituality. 

    Even in the most dire or situations and circumstances, Hashem is with us and running every aspect of the world.

    As Shabbos Nachamu, we should merit to feel Hashem’s warm embrace and love of his people. We should look to incorporate happiness into every aspect of our lives, live for the moment but look to the future, and realize that Hashem is truly everywhere!

    May we merit the coming of Mashiach and the third BeisHaMikdash speedily in our days!

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  • Parsha

    Eikev

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:45 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:47 pm

  • Mincha

    6:25 pm & 8:00 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:20 am & 9:00 am

  • Shema

    9:28 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Shiur given by Rabbi Aron Srolovitz-"Creation Confusion I: Problems and Classic Answers"

    7:10 pm

  • Mincha

    7:40 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:55 pm

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  • Sunday 8/2
  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:00 pm

  • Mon.8/3
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:55 pm

  • Tues. 8/4 & Wed. 8/5
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:55 pm

  • Thurs. 8/6
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    7:55 pm

  • Friday 8/7
  • Shacharis

    6:15 pm & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:39 pm & 7:48 pm

  • Mincha

    6:20 pm & 7:50 pm