• 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!
  • Hebrew Reading Course

    Hebrew Reading Course

    Learn or sharpen your Hebrew, from Aleph to Tav, in a 5-SESSION COURSE, Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15 pm: January 29, February 12 and February 26. Enrich your Jewish identity, participate more fully in our prayer services, and be an example to your children and grandchildren. RSVP by calling the synagogue office, 631-368-6474 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Read More
  • Shabbat Across America

    Shabbat Across America

    Synagogues across North America will come together for this Friday night celebration, uniting hundreds of Jews for Shabbat! Join us for an evening of ruach and ice cream, and dress your patriotic best in red, white and blue. Friday night, March 1.
  • Share Purim With Your College Student

    Share Purim With Your College Student

    If you have a child or grandchild in college, send them a Purim Shalach Manot goody-box filled with treats and fun! Click the READ MORE button to register your student. Read More
  • Sisterhood Presents....

    Sisterhood Presents....

    Chaya Tilden will speak at our next Sisterhood General Meeting, on Tuesday, MARCH 12 at 8:00 pm, on "Loaves of Love." Come make your own challah!
  • Purim Storytime

    Purim Storytime

    Children 18 months – 7 years will love Purim Storytime, with Purim-themed tales and crafts! Come to Barnes and Noble in the Huntington Square Mall, 4000 East Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, on Sunday, March 17 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am and share in the fun. Free and open to the community.
  • Purim Celebration at the ENJC

    Purim Celebration at the ENJC

    Children of all ages can enjoy our Purim festivities on Wednesday, March 20. There'll be activities for kids starting at 6:30 pm, with mask and hamantaschen-making, a special Purim spiel performed by the Daled and Hay students, and delicious treats.The Megillah reading for adults will begin at 8:00 pm.
  • 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. On Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019 our scroll will be a part of the first gathering and procession of Czech scrolls at Temple Emanu-El in New York City. Read of the history of the ENJC Czech scroll by clicking on the Read More button. Read More
  • Rabbi Silverman's Adult Education Course

    Rabbi Silverman's Adult Education Course

    Derekh eretz is the code of behavior that binds us to each other as human beings and as Jews. It means acting decorously and with respect toward all. Students explore the development of morality as a key component to holiness and how it becomes a fundamental value in Judaism in the contexts of governing, wisdom, emotional balance, sexual and gender matters, public debate and more. Classes meet Thursday evenings, from 7:15 until minyan. Classes: 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20.
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oseph's Coats and Lessons for Us at Chanukah

Our sages never shy from finding interesting connections between the story of Joseph, which comes around in our Torah cycle each year at this time, and the lessons of Chanukah, which it either immediately precedes or intersects.

 The sages derive a great deal of meaning from the part of the story in which Joseph seeks out his brothers, who strip him of his ornate robe and throw him into a pit, resulting in his being sold into servitude in Egypt. A little back story might be important here. Jacob loved Joseph, who was the child of his old age (A younger son, Benjamin, was associated with Rachel, who died in childbirth), so he gave Joseph a special garment and special attention, which means, according to our sages, that they studied together. Joseph’s special treatment included the supervision of the other brothers. Is it no wonder that he became full of himself and began to feel that he was destined for grander things? Each and every day that Joseph wore that special robe the brothers resented him more. It all came to a head when Jacob sent Joseph miles and miles away to Dothan to see how his brothers were doing and to report back to him. The Torah tells us that when he approached his brothers, “they stripped him of his tunic, the colored robe which was upon him.”

 Rashi tells us something surprising. He tells us that the first robe that they stripped from him was a regular tunic, a chalok, and that they then stripped off his tunic/ketonto of many colors next! This teaches us that Joseph had decided to wear his colored garment on the inside. Why? Some might say he was fearful; he didn't want to cause their jealousy. Others, that he wanted to honor his brothers, but also that he didn't want to dishonor his father. So, his compromise was to wear it but to hide it from view.

 From this colored garment, worn on the inside, we can learn a message of Chanukah. Greco-Syrian oppressors sought to dismiss the earlier tolerance for Judaism and required the Judaeans to throw off the colors of their Jewish practices and beliefs. Like the seven colors of the rainbow, they asked the Judaeans to abandon Shabbat, Torah study, halacha, kashrut, monotheism and circumcision, and to worship Zeus–seven things. The Jews had learned to wear these things on the inside, keeping them close to their hearts and private, while incorporating the veneer of Greco-Roman culture on the outside. But they could not strip away that inner layer, for this would be spiritual death. Thus, we learn the lesson that whatever cost the outer world exacts, we must always hold the inner garment close to our hearts and allow it to layer the Jewish soul. To strip ourselves of these traditions, practices and beliefs would spell our doom.

 We learn another lesson from the plain white chalok/garment that Joseph wore on top. In wearing it he says to the man or angel he encounters, “Et achai anochi mevakesh.” I am searching for my brothers. A Jew can wear the inner layer of Jewish practice and tradition but must never stop “loving one's neighbor.” It’s easy to wrap one’s self tightly in the inner layer and forget about the outer layer. Cain, of the story of Cain and Abel, transgresses this cardinal principle when he says the opposite, “hashomer Achi anochi?"– Am I my brother's keeper? Quite the opposite–Joseph had fully relished in the first part of Hillel’s advice, “If I am not for myself who am I?” Now he was hard at work trying to express, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” (im anochi rak le atzmi Mah ani?) This is why he pointedly tells the angel, “my anochiut/selfhood is in search of “brotherhood”. Sadly, his brothers were still stuck in the past and resented the “old Joseph.” The plain garment represents the idea that we are all interwoven with each and every other Jew. But it must also mean that we are also interwoven with all the peoples of the world. No people is allowed only one garment. Our commitments are first and foremost to ourselves, but every Jewish life wears and additional layer of commitment and responsibility to all humanity.

 At Chanukah-time, let’s be proud and determined that we hold tight to the multicolored robe on the inside that is our Jewish practice and Jewish community. But let us not forget that outer robe either. I, for one, take such pride in those Jews who work in greater society to build up the nations they live in, advancing their societies in science, in medicine and in quality of life. There is no end to my pride in the state of Israel, which, in its mission of first response, agricultural advances, solar advances and so much more, is mending and building up humanity as whole. May we remain strong and proud Jews in doing so, but may we never shirk this goal either, and to this we say Amen.

 

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  • A Minyan Plea from Rabbi Silverman

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I was asked to participate in a Multi-Faith Peace Rally at the Community Growth Center in Setuaket ,NY, along with other faith leaders, that include Father Pizzareli, Kadam Holly McGregor and Mufti Farhan, among others. Our task was to pick a special prayer from our tradition and to explain why it is precious to each of us. This is what I chose to say for this MLK Day Peace Rally.

The Sabbath morning prayer, Yismach Moshe b’matnat helko, goes this way: Moses rejoiced in the gift of his portion. 
And what did you give him? 
A diadem of glory you placed upon his head. 

Moses​​ rejoiced in the gift of his portion. 
And what did you call him? 
You called him a faithful servant. 

Moses​​ rejoiced in the gift of his portion. 
And what did he carry in his hands? 
In his hands he brought down the two tables of stone.

Moses was so gladdened by a gift of portion because God called him an eved ne’eman, a faithful servant, and placed a crown on his head as he stood on Mt. Sinai. Written on the two tablets in his hands was the keeping of the Sabbath Day.

Why do I love this prayer? I love the fact that Moses is spoken of as God’s faithful servant. What was it that made him that faithful servant and what, as well, can we learn from Moses about being a faithful servant?

Our sages teach: Moses was a Noseh Be Ol, a person who had empathy; a person who bore the burden of others. When Moses became a young man, looked upon the Israelites and saw their torment. His reaction?  Midrash tells us that he put his shoulder to the wheel to lend a hand. When a slave was being beaten to within an inch of his life by a ruthless slave master, Moses looks to and fro, vayare ko v’b ko vayare kilo ish, right and left, to see if there were any men around. He looked not because he was afraid witnesses, but because it says elsewhere in the Torah “in a place where there are no men present, be a man.”Stand up for the true and the good! Moses, keenly aware of the burden placed on others, saved the slave from a brutal death.

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I am writing this article while the temperature is in the single digits outside. The conversation at work will be all about the weather. The media had predicted the storm of the century over the weekend, and the roads were going to be a skating rink. As a result, many people cancelled their plans because the impending forecast scared them all. Yet, all we got was a heavy rain, which, had it been snow, would have been over a foot. The weekend weather projections are typical of today’s society, seeing the negative and never praising the positive. Well, I would like to take the opportunity to talk about the good.

We just had a very busy weekend at ENJC. After the Friday night service, a group of about 25 congregants participated in our annual Tu B’Shevat Seder. The Seder has been a Brecher tradition, with even my daughter, Amanda attending, except in the years that she was away at college. It was an enjoyable evening, led by Rabbi Silverman and Cantor Cohen, with a feast of fruits, nuts and grape juice, and the very special muffins made by Carolyn Gilbert. Thank you to Wendy and Ed Isaac for shopping and setting up the Seder. I would like to give a special Thank You to Carolyn for not only making her special muffins, but the significant time that she has spent cooking and helping out during Religious School. I know that the children have been enjoying her tasteful treats.

The highlight of the weekend was the outstanding job done by David Kessler for his Bar Mitzvah. David wonderfully executed his Haftorah, which, according to Rabbi, is the “mother of all Haftorahs,” chanting swiftly and easily, to perfection, in front of a turnout of in excess of 110 congregants, family and friends. David and his family spoke very highly of his Bar Mitzvah tutoring by Lisa Maron. David is the fourth student trained by Lisa, but the first Bar Mitzvah to work exclusively with Lisa, the other three having started with other tutors. We are looking forward to the next six students who have been working with Lisa.

Now that the winter holiday season is behind us, the nights are busy at the shul. Successful events never happen unless properly planned. Of late there been meetings to discuss this year’s Purim Event. Please mark your calendar for the evening of March 20th. Details to follow in the ENJC weekly and the March bulletin.

The Security Team has been meeting to discuss our game plan to prioritize the use of money from the grant we received toward the areas of greatest need. The Financial Team is analyzing our operating costs so that we can operate efficiently and not eliminate anything that makes ENJC the shul that I am proud to represent.

Remember that you, the congregants, are the ones to make a difference. Please help support the daily minyan! Besides the five congregants saying Kaddish, Rabbi will be saying Kaddish for his Mom. We can always use your help at 8:15 Sunday through Thursday night.

Hopefully, when you read this, the Groundhog will not see his shadow and Spring will be coming soon.

I will continue with my positive thoughts and not complain about the negatives in the world.

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A Plea to the Congregation from Rabbi: Support Our Minyan and Worship With Us On ShabbatWe Need Everyone To Pitch In

There is an old joke about a young man who walks into the High Holiday Service and is greeted by the usher. The usher asks if he has paid his dues. He replies, “I’m not a member. I’m just here to give my grandfather a message.” After a short reflection, the usher tells him, “Okay but don’t let me catch you praying.”

This is about hoping that we will catch you praying. We want you to pray in our lovely Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services, our brief evening weekday and our Sunday morning services. To not pray, you see, is no laughing matter, for you miss something significant by not making prayer a part of your life. You miss helping our synagogue fulfill its basic function to comfort our mourners, and you miss in our communal effort to celebrate the world at large, the Torah and God, each Shabbat.

Rabbi Hana tells us that in the Talmud, the prophet Bilaam, seeing Israel’s true power and majesty, blesses not only the tents and dwellings, but the streams and rivers. Why are streams and rivers part of the description of Israel? To stress that just as streams and rivers purify, so too does Torah study and prayer purify us. But I would add a second element: Just as streams and rivers are the circulatory system of a geographic region, so too is prayer the circulatory system of the Jewish people. Prayer nourishes us and uplifts the spirit. It allows us to move from station to station as the days fly by, and it allows us to mark our journey through the calendar year, from Rosh Hashana to Shavuot and back again. Our minyanim are the pulse of our institution. Prayer is heart work and each of us must keep our communal heart pumping.

Our liturgy offers multiple reasons for prayer: to express gratitude to God, to praise God, to petition Him– Prayer seeks to establish a connection, a dialogue, with the transcendent force we call God. Prayer affords us different things at different times. It can foster a sense of reflection and perspective. It roots us to our ancestors. At other times it offers us a sense of renewal, recommitment and re-involvement. But most of all, we pray for two reasons: 1) To provide the pulse of our Kehilla Kedosha, our Holy Community. In so doing, we take care of the needs of those who are grieving, provide a format to hear a little Torah and to celebrate our children and fellow congregants; and 2) We provide proof to God that our hearts are still open. A midrash tells us that each of our souls is a God’s candle. When we bob up and down while praying, we are mimicking the flickering flame. Show God you are still flickering, in spite of disappointments and failures, in spite of efforts of enemies to crush us, in spite of old habits, in spite of all our heart’s wrestling. God hears the prayers of a broken heart, but also the happy heart. Keep all lines open and relish the heavenly connection, ushering God’s presence as a part of our minyan.

We are in urgent need. We need more effort from every single member. Many of us resolve, each new year, to exercise on a regular basis. In this new year of 2019, exercise your soul muscle on a regular basis too! Let us catch you praying! This year make it your resolution to attend once or more a week, so that our minyanim will be transformed from challenged to a vibrant pulse.

Minyan takes place each weekday at 8:15 pm, at 7:30 pm the first Friday of each month and 8:00 pm on other Friday evenings, at 9:15 am Shabbat morning, and 9:00am on Sundays

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Week of Monday, February 11

Mon-Thurs, 2/11 - 2/14
Weekday Minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, February 15
Evening Shabbat Service – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 16
Shabbat Morning Service – 9:15 am

Sunday, February 17
Morning Minyan – 9:00 am
Evening Minyan – 8:15 pm

 

 

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Celebrating Chanukah

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  • Fire Juggler, 12/3

  • 12/3, Commack Corners

  • Chanukah at the Harbor, Northport, 12/6

  • Chanukah at the Harbor, Northport, 12/6

  • Chanukah at the Harbor, Northport, 12/6

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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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