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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 22, 2016

    July 23, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Jennifer and Ken Siletski in memory of Ken's uncle, Will Minkov, who was a member of the shul.

    Main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.
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    July 30, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush will be sponsored by Yaffa and Avi Sabag.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored by Lauren and David Kohn.

    Shalosh seudos will be sponsored by Rachel Lohr and Adam Sheps.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    August  6, 13, 20, 27
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    August  20, 27
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    August  6, 13, 20, 27

  • SAVE THE DATES! Upcoming Parsha on the Lawn: August 6th; August 27th; September 10th. More information to follow!

    July 22, 2016

    Parsha on the Lawn is a community-wide opportunity for socializing, dessert-ing and hearing some words of inspiration in a community member's backyard. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Tuesday & Thursday night, 8:30 - 9:30 PM: Beis Medrash Learning @ CIS

    July 22, 2016
    Come be a part of the learning going on in our Beis Medrash with a special new program! Come with your chavrusa, or learn with one of the BML Fellows that will be joining us both nights, or just learn on your own in the Beis Medrash. Additionally, there will be interactive chaburos both nights for those interested. Tuesday night there will be a Halacha Chabura, and Thursday night there will be a Gemara B'Iyun Chabura.
  • WOMEN'S TEHILLIM

    July 22, 2016

    We are looking for volunteers to say tehillim from home on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, please contact Melanie Wind at (973) 467-5726 or windeast@comcast.net.

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SHUL SECURITY

    July 22, 2016

    Please be advised that the double doors in the social hall leading to the parking lot may NOT be used as an entrance or an exit from the building. They are for emergency use only. Please enter/exit the shul using the main door or the keypad door at all times.  We thank you for your cooperation. The shul will be closed from 11 pm - 5:15 am every day.  No one is allowed to enter or exit the building during these hours. The alarm will be activated if any exterior door is opened or closed, and the police will be notified.

    Double parking is prohibited in our parking lot at all times.  If there is not a spot available, please leave your car at home.

    * REMINDER:  The Mountain Avenue entrance to the shul parking lot is ONE WAY only.

    For all security concerns, please contact Cheryl Becker or a member of the security committee.

  • DAILY MINCHA MINYAN, 1:30 PM, SUNDAY - THURSDAY AT YESHIVA GEDOLAH ZICHRON LEYMA, 2035 VAUXHALL ROAD, CORNER PLANE STREET, UNION.

    July 22, 2016

    There is a daily Mincha Minyan at 1:30 pm, Sunday - Thursday at Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Leyma, 2035 Vauxhall Road, corner Plane Street, Union. They also have Shacharis 7:40 am & Maariv 9:45 pm. Rabbis Eliezer Ginsberg and Gershon Neuman. Please note: The sign of the former Congregation B'nai Ahavath Shalom is still on the building.

  • DONATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR CHAYALIM

    July 22, 2016
    Pearla Lulinski Weisman is once again collecting sample size, only toiletry items, for our chayalim and especially our Lone Soldiers through A Package From Home Organization based in Israel. The organization distributes packages of these items to the soldiers several times a year.   Last summer our community showed tremendous support for this organization and Pearla was happy to deliver all of our toothpastes, toothbrushes, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, sun screens, talcum powders, mouthwashes, soaps, lip balms, calamine lotions and bug repellents. In addition, we collect underware and all cotton socks for all of our chayalim.  

    All items maybe left by Pearla's front door at 8 Norwood Road. Please drop off items by August 24th. Thanks again for your support and sharing in this special mitzvah.


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

    July 22, 2016
    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)



  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: HOSTING PROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR SHABBOS

    July 22, 2016

    If you are interested in hosting prospective community members for Shabbos to sleep over or for meals, please contact Daniella Hoffer daniellahoffer@gmail.com.

  • SIDDUR REPAIR

    July 22, 2016

    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.

  • 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 22, 2016
  • SHOP RITE SCRIP IN $25, $50 & $100 DENOMINATION CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SHUL OFFICE.

    July 22, 2016
  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    July 22, 2016

    July 13, 2016:  Unauthorized OU Port Royal Vegetarian Beans   Brand: Port Royal Premium   Product: Vegetarian Beans   Company: Port Royal Sales, Woodbury, NY   Issue: Unauthorized OU

    Port Royal Premium Vegetarian Beans are certified by the Orthodox Union.  A limited quantity of non kosher beans were labeled with the Port Royal Premium Vegetarian Beans labels, bearing the OU Symbol.   The mislabeled product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.  The properly labeled Port Royal Vegetarian Beans contain the letters "FDV" as part of the production code that is on the can.

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    July 13, 2016:  OU Kosher Advisory Sally Sherman Cole Slaw   Brand: Sally Sherman   Product: Cole Slaw   Company: Sally Sherman Foods, Mount Vernon, NY   Issue: Kosher Advisory

    Sally Sherman Cole Slaw with a date codes  R-054 until R-227 are not certified by the Orthodox Union.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

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

    July 22, 2016

    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

  • INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS

    July 22, 2016

    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.

  • IT'S TIME TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MIKVAH MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016!

    July 22, 2016

    Please send your annual membership check to: Mikvah Yisroel of Springfield, 42 Center Street
    Springfield NJ 07081

    Membership levels are: $1000 donor, $360 premium, $180 regular couple, $100 regular single.  Donations of other amounts are also welcome.


  • MIKVAH YISROEL OF SPRINGFIELD - 42 CENTER STREET

    July 22, 2016

    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

  • YOUTH GROUPS WILL START AT 9:30 AM FOR THE MONTH OF JULY. THERE WILL BE NO 9:15 AM FREE TIME DROP-OFF.

    July 22, 2016
  • Sisterhood Corner

  • CIS SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP

    July 22, 2016

    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.

  • Shul Activities

  • MONTHS OF AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2016 BULLETIN SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE.

    July 22, 2016

    Bulletin Submissions: Please send all bulletin submissions to cis-office@congregationisrael.org by 9:00 AM on Friday morning. To sponsor the bulletin for $120/month ($36/bulletin), please contact Marilyn Bielory at 973-379-4778.

  • Community Corner

  • KIDDUSHIM:

    July 22, 2016

    July 23, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush is sponsored by Jennifer and Ken Siletski in memory of Ken's uncle, Will Minkov, who was a member of the shul.

    Main kiddush and shalosh seudos are unsponsored.
    *******************************

    July 30, 2016

    Early minyan kiddush will be sponsored by Yaffa and Avi Sabag.

    Main kiddush will be sponsored by Lauren and David Kohn.

    Shalosh seudos will be sponsored by Rachel Lohr and Adam Sheps.

    Early Minyan Kiddush  Available Dates:    August  6, 13, 20, 27
    Main Kiddush  Available Dates:    August  20, 27
    Shalosh Seudos  Available Dates:    August  6, 13, 20, 27

  • SAVE THE DATES! Upcoming Parsha on the Lawn: August 6th; August 27th; September 10th. More information to follow!

    July 22, 2016

    Parsha on the Lawn is a community-wide opportunity for socializing, dessert-ing and hearing some words of inspiration in a community member's backyard. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • DONATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR CHAYALIM

    July 22, 2016

    Pearla Lulinski Weisman is once again collecting sample size, only toiletry items, for our chayalim and especially our Lone Soldiers through A Package From Home Organization based in Israel. The organization distributes packages of these items to the soldiers several times a year.   Last summer our community showed tremendous support for this organization and Pearla was happy to deliver all of our toothpastes, toothbrushes, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, sun screens, talcum powders, mouthwashes, soaps, lip balms, calamine lotions and bug repellents. In addition, we collect underware and all cotton socks for all of our chayalim.  

    All items maybe left by Pearla's front door at 8 Norwood Road. Please drop off items by August 24th. Thanks again for your support and sharing in this special mitzvah.


  • KASHRUT ALERT:

    July 22, 2016

    July 13, 2016:  Unauthorized OU Port Royal Vegetarian Beans   Brand: Port Royal Premium   Product: Vegetarian Beans   Company: Port Royal Sales, Woodbury, NY   Issue: Unauthorized OU

    Port Royal Premium Vegetarian Beans are certified by the Orthodox Union.  A limited quantity of non kosher beans were labeled with the Port Royal Premium Vegetarian Beans labels, bearing the OU Symbol.   The mislabeled product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.  The properly labeled Port Royal Vegetarian Beans contain the letters "FDV" as part of the production code that is on the can.

    **********************************

    July 13, 2016:  OU Kosher Advisory Sally Sherman Cole Slaw   Brand: Sally Sherman   Product: Cole Slaw   Company: Sally Sherman Foods, Mount Vernon, NY   Issue: Kosher Advisory

    Sally Sherman Cole Slaw with a date codes  R-054 until R-227 are not certified by the Orthodox Union.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

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  • Rabbi's Message

    BS”D

    This week we were all reminded of the mesirus nefesh made by lone soldiers who leave their families in Chutz La'Aretz, and go volunteer to defend Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael as part of the IDF. I would like to make the CIS family aware that one of our very own, Greg Artman, is in Israel as a member of the IDF, and we should all keep him in our daily tefillos, praying for his well being. We will be having a line in the bulletin each week reminding us of Greg's mesirus nefesh, and for us to daven for him.

    Below is a beautiful write up of a famous Rav Pam Dvar Torah on this week's Parsha. It has an important lesson for the 3 Weeks. Have a great Shabbos!

    Bilam, en route to try to annihilate klal Yisrael through his curse, is stymied when his trustworthy donkey keeps halting in its tracks. The third time this happens, he finally sees what the donkey had been seeing all along: an angel had been standing in its way, with a sword drawn, ready to kill Bilam. 

    Interestingly, although an earlier verse states that this angel was sent lesatan lo – to impede him (22:22), Rashi notes that this angel was actually a malach shel rachamim, a merciful angel. Hashem sent it to try to dissuade Bilam from doing something that would cost him his life. In order to do so, the angel had to threaten him with a sword. 

    Rav Pam observed that angels of mercy often appear in our lives in different guises, sometimes it is a broken shidduch, an illness, or being fired from a job. We can’t always recognize those angels for what they are, but they are there to stop us in our tracks – for our own good. 

    We won’t always see the reasons in this world. Yeshayah HaNavi (12:1) prophesied that when Mashiach comes, we will say, “Odecha Hashem ki anafta bi – I thank You, Hashem, for You were angry with me.” It may take until Mashiach’s times, but we will ultimately thank Hashem for sending us what we originally thought was a difficult situation, because in hindsight, those events will turn out to have saved our lives or made them more palatable. 

    We must always bear in mind: no matter how bad things seem, don’t judge anything by its cover – not even angels. 


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Jul 23, 2016

17 Tammuz 5776

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  • Parsha

    Balak

  • Erev Shabbat

  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Early Candle Lighting

    6:52 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    8:03 pm

  • Mincha

    6:35 pm & 8:00 pm

  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shacharis

    7:10 am & 9:00 am

  • Shema

    9:24 am

  • Shabbat Afternoon
  • Shiur given by David Kohn "Do We Deserve To Suffer"

    7:20 pm

  • Mincha

    7:50 pm

  • Havdalah

    9:11 pm

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  • Sunday 7/24 Shiva Asar B'Tammuz
  • Fast Begins

    4:35 am

  • Shacharis

    6:30 am & 8:00 am

  • Gemara Sanhedrin

    9:15 am

  • Mincha

    7:55 pm

  • Fast Ends

    8:50 pm

  • Mon. 7/25
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Womens Parsha Shiur- Mon. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Mincha

    8:05 pm

  • Tues. 7/26 & Wed. 7/27
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Women's Tehillim, Tues. Evening

    7:30 pm

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm

  • Tues. & Thurs. Evenings: Beis Medrash Learning at CIS

    8:45 pm to 9:45 pm

  • Rabbi Kurant's Shiur, Wed. Evening in Shul

    8:45 pm

  • Thurs. 7/28
  • Shacharis

    6:10 am & 7:00 am

  • Mincha/ Maariv

    8:05 pm

  • Tefillah Shiur- Thurs. Evening at Marcus residence

    10:00 pm

  • Friday 7/29
  • Shacharis

    6:15 am & 7:00 am

  • Candle Lighting

    6:46 pm & 7:57 pm

  • Mincha

    6:30 pm & 7:55 pm