• Welcome to the ENJC

    Welcome to the ENJC

    The ENJC is a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue of approximately 300 families. We are truly multi-generational; our youngest members are infants, our oldest are in their nineties. On any Shabbat, you can find three generations of the same family in our pews. We offer something for everyone by meeting our members' needs for spiritual, cultural and social connection to the Jewish people. We are known as the “haimish shul,” so visit and spend a Friday evening or Shabbat morning with us and see for yourself!
  • Family Services for Aleph – Hay Students

    Family Services for Aleph – Hay Students

    Your child will better understand and appreciate Shabbat services, while exploring the Torah portion of the week and learning the meaning of the prayers in a fun and interactive way. Join us for our first Family Service of the year on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, at 10:15 am.
  • Selichot Prayers in Preparation for the High Holidays

    Selichot Prayers in Preparation for the High Holidays

    Rabbi Margie Cella will share her spiritual journey into Judaismon Saturday evening, September 21 at 8:45 pm, followed by coffee, tea and dessert at 10:00 pm and our Selichot service at 10:30 pm, led by Rabbi Silverman and Chazzan Walvick.
  • Join us for High Holiday Services

    Join us for High Holiday Services

    Come to the ENJC to experience the joy, solemnity, prayer and inspiration of the High Holidays. Click on the Read More button to see our schedule of High Holiday services. Read More
  • Adult Education for 2019-2020

    Adult Education for 2019-2020

    THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION AND ITS INTERSECTION WITH JEWISH LAW AND JEWISH VALUES. Explore the influence of Judaism on various aspects of the Constitution and its amendments. Click on the READ MORE for information about dates and time. Read More
  • Get your Flu Shot at the ENJC

    Get your Flu Shot at the ENJC

    Protect yourself and your family! Be a flu fighter and get your shot THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Most insurance plans accepted. Must be 18 or over.
  • Sisterhood's Sukkah Hop

    Sisterhood's Sukkah Hop

    All women are invited for a progressive dinner with one course served in each of three sukkahs. It'll be an evening of fun, friendship and good food! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th, starting at 6:10 pm. at the ENJC. We can accept only the first 50 women who would like to attend, so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further details will be provided when you RSVP.
  • Our Annual Sukkot Chavurah Dinner

    Our Annual Sukkot Chavurah Dinner

    Celebrate Sukkot with family and friends in our beautiful sukkah, on OCTOBER 18th at 6:15pm. $9 per adult, $18 per couple, $25 per family. Free for kids under 4 and our new members. Kosher BYOB. Contact the synagogue office to RSVP. Shabbat services will follow the meal.
  • Introducing the ENJC Book Club

    Introducing the ENJC Book Club

    Open to any congregant, we invite you to join other readers in our community and enjoy selections based on Jewish themes or Jewish authors. Take part in thoughtful, stimulating discussions and gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the books you read. Our first book will be the award winning WALKING LIONS, by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Join the discussion on Thursday evening, OCTOBER 31st. Contact the synagogue office to RSVP and for the location, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Bury Your Genizah

    Bury Your Genizah

    We thank our members for their generous donations but we can no longer accept donations of books. We WILL continue to accept: HEBREW language books and papers containing the the names of God (Siddurim, Machzorim, Tanakh, and Chumash); Tefillin (with the bag); Tallit (with the bag); and scrolls from mezuzahs (without the case). Please do not include books or papers on Jewish history or culture as they do NOT need to be buried, nor do books containing the names of God in English. A special thanks to Jack Maldavir who built a beautiful genizah as his Eagle Scout project for the ENJC.
  • Czech Torah Webpage Project

    Czech Torah Webpage Project

    As owners of a Czech Torah Scroll, the ENJC joins a community of over 1000 scroll-holders around the world. These scrolls miraculously survived the Shoah and were brought to London in 1964. Read of the history of the ENJC Czech scroll by clicking on the Read More button. Read More
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  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Steven Walvick, Hazzan
  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President

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The special foods of Rosh Hashanah

There are 10 special foods that we associate with Rosh Hashanah, and it is a customary to set them all out on the table for the holiday. We say a special prayer for each of them, using their Hebrew names as a kind of pun that ties into the themes of the holiday. Rabbi David Golinkin tells us that there is controversy as to whether they are simply looked at, held or eaten. This is because in the Aramaic language, the word for “hold” and “look at” are very close. I suppose that once they are held, many concluded that one does what one should do with food, which is to taste it.

Tangentially, this actually mirrors the debate in using the fringes at our recitation of the Shema. Some claim that we should merely look at them as we recite the third paragraph; some claim that we should be holding them as we look at them; and some claim that we should be kissing them as we mention the words “tsitsit” or fringes. But let’s get back to our main topic—the various Rosh Hashanah foods and what they symbolize.

There are actually 10 special foods, reminding us of the 10 days of repentance. The first two, and foremost, are the honey and apples. Honey reminds us that we hope for a sweeter year than we had the year before. Apples remind us, some say (since Rosh Hashanah is a reminder of the birth of the world in the very beginning of creation), of the very first fruit with which we sinned. Taking apples with honey in hand symbolizes making a claim to heaven that we will use God’s bounty only for mitzvah and not for transgression. Over these items we say, “May it be your will, our God, that we have a year that is sweet and good.”

The third food is typically a piece of gefilte fish, or, if you are really ambitious, the head of the fish. I remember, as a young rabbi, utilizing a fish head with little children at a Rosh Hashanah service in which we said blessings over these symbolic foods. That was a mistake! The children were frightened. Well, you learn from your mistakes. Therefore, a small piece of gefilte fish does the trick and we can intone, “May we be for a head and not a tail,” meaning, “May we be leaders who are in charge in the next year.” There is a custom to have yet another fish on the table with which we remember that God’s eye of providence is one that neither sleeps nor slumbers, and this is true of fish as well, which apparently never shut their eyes.

The fifth item on the platter should be leeks, which in Aramaic are called “kra.” The same word is used to form the word “karet.” Variations celebrate God, who is koreth Brith, symbolizing the making of a covenant with us or to hope that we should avoid being “cut off.”

The sixth item is dates. A date, in Hebrew, is the word “tamar.” With dates in hand we recite, “May it be your will, Lord God, that all our suffering be finished. (Itamu tzaareinu)

Black beans or “rubia” are held in hand and we say, “May we be as numerous as the stars of the sky”–yirbu zaareinu ke cochavei Elyon”.

A gourd, or “keri,” is another food held in hand as we say, “May Hashem hear our prayers when we cry out to him (beyom Koreinu).”

Pomengranates or “rimonim” also have a place at the table. We intone, “May our mitzvoth be as numerous as the rimon.” Not too long ago there was an article in the Jewish week of a woman who had made a practice of counting the seeds of many rimonim, and then averaging the number. Strikingly it was close to 600.

Last, but not least, we include the “selek” or beet. With the beet, we intone, ”Our God and God of our ancestors, make evil be banished from us” (sheyistalek meitanu Kol rah).

I encourage you all to include in your holiday shopping at least some of these items, perhaps not all of them. But if you can find them all why not!? You would be surprised how they help to set the tone for this important holiday of the new year!

May all of us have no suffering, may evil be banished from us, may your year be sweet and your mitzvahs many. May Beth and I take this moment to wish all of you a Shana Tova Oome Tooka, a sweet, joyful and healthy new year.

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Two Jews, three opinions 

Over the past few weeks, we ran an online survey to discover how we can best serve our community in terms of a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat Service. The results, as probably could be expected, were mixed. We asked about starting services earlier or later, and people showed their preferences. Approximated 25% of you preferred an early service; another quarter would rather have the late service, and almost half wanted something in the middle.  As a compromise, we will start services on Friday nights at 7:30 PM, and we will be investigating the possibility of adding earlier family-friendly services periodically throughout the year. We hope this will allow our community to enjoy the ruach-filled, participatory Kabbalat Shabbat Service. But all this is theoretical without your active support and attendance, so let’s have everyone come and make this amazing!

In other news, I’ve sent out a musical survey in order to find out what talents you and your family members possess. If you somehow missed the e-mail, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an extra copy. Also, I’m very excited to pray with you this High Holiday season, and wanted to remind you that if there is a special melody you would like to hear on the holidays, please give me a call at the shul to schedule an appointment.  Finally, there are still a lot of you I’d like to meet, so please stop by the shul, call or send an e-mail!

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It is hard to believe that the High Holidays are here again. I would like to welcome our neighbors who have joined the ENJC family. As of this writing, we have had 9 families from The Seasons sign up as new members!

For the holidays, we will be increasing our security. We are asking our congregants to help us help you. We will be having a security guard checking tickets at the front door, so we ask your cooperation by having your tickets in your hand every time you want to enter the building. We will be making no exceptions–all board members must show their tickets too. The only way we can be 100% compliant in making sure we have a safe and secure building is by everyone helping.

On behalf of my family, I would like to wish all L'Shannah Tovah! I want to wish all a healthy new year. As we know, nothing in this world can replace health. As my mom always said, "Have a happy and healthy new year with the emphasis on health."

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Week of Monday, September 16

Mon-Thurs, 9/16 - 9/19
Weekly minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, September 20
Erev Shabbat Services – 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 21
Shabbat Services – 9:15 am
Selichot service and program – 8:45 pm

Sunday, September 22
Morning Minyan – 9:00 am
Evening Minyan – 8:15 pm


Week of Monday, September 23

Mon-Thurs, 9/23 - 9/26
Weekly minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, September 27
Erev Shabbat Services – 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 28
Shabbat Services – 9:15 am

Sunday, September 29
Morning Minyan – 9:00 am
Erev Rosh Hashanah – 7:30 pm


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Sunday Morning Minyan
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Sunday Evening Minyan
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The East Northport Jewish Center
328 Elwood Road
East Northport, NY, 11731  

Phone: 631-368-6474
Fax: 631-266-2910
Religious School Office: 631-368-0875

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