• 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!
  • Holiday Book Fair

    Holiday Book Fair

    All ENJC members, friends and family are invited to shop our Sisterhood Book Fair during Religious School hours (and during the Men's Club Dinner cocktail hour too!), Tuesday, November 13, Wednesday, November 14, Thursday, November 15 and Monday, November 18. Take care of your holiday shopping from our large selection of books for children and adults.
  • Men's Club Paid-Up Membership Dinner

    Men's Club Paid-Up Membership Dinner

    Join us for the annual Men's Club Paid-Up Membership Dinner, honoring Werner Hess and Arnie Carter
  • Holiday Gift Shop Sale

    Holiday Gift Shop Sale

    Come browse a variety of items from our Sisterhood Gift Shop, Monday through Thursday, November 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th during Religious School hours. You'll find a large selection of jewelry, Chanukah items, toys and 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: 11/29, 12/13, 12/20, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20.
  • Chanukah Story Hour for Kids

    Chanukah Story Hour for Kids

    Join ENJC's young families at Barnes & Noble, Huntington Square Shopping Center, 4000 E. Jericho Tpk. on Sunday, December 2, from 10:30-11:30 am. There'll be Chanukah stories, crafts and fun galore. It's free and open to the community. Please contact Fran at 631-368-6474, x214 for information.
  • Congregational Chanukah Shabbat Dinner

    Congregational Chanukah Shabbat Dinner

    Join the ENJC congregation for a delicious Shabbat Dinner before our Chanukah Shabbat service. Let's celebrate the miracle of Chanukah together, with dreidels, songs and more! Friday night, December 7 at 6:15pm. $14 per adult / $6 per child 3-12 years old
  • Sisterhood's Chanukah Gift Swap

    Sisterhood's Chanukah Gift Swap

    The Sisterhood Chanukah Gift Swap is a tradition that all women of the ENJC enjoy! Bring a $20 wrapped gift, and an unwrapped children's gift to donate for the holidays. The program is open to all ENJC ladies- bring your friends!
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Deuteronomy begins with the statement, Hoyil Moshe Baer et Hatorah Hazeh, explaining that Moses explicated a Torah document in his last month of life, reviewing it and reflecting upon its meaning. Interestingly, the commentator Nachalat Tzi notes that the word "Baer" should really be the infinitive of "to explicate," leading to a rich additional meaning: that Moses himself had become a "be'er," a wellspring–a Maayan mitgaber, an everflowing fountain of understanding and insight into the profundity of Torah and a fountain to express it to the people.

Look at how far Moses had come, from a person who stuttered and felt he couldn't communicate! He actually exhibits that fear of public speaking. Being summoned by God himself at the burning bush, for most of us, would have been sufficient inspiration. But Moses argues with God, "God, please send someone else..." While here, in Deuteronomy, we see a Moses who is actually a co-author of the fifth book of the Torah, which is the written transcript of his explanatory comments before the people in his last month of life. It makes us ponder that sometimes it's very important to break through perceived limitations no matter how much we hold on to them.

We sometimes have no choice. There are things that make us uncomfortable and situations we avoid. We have notions of our own limitations and we proceed in life pretty much trying to avoid them. We cannot but take them into account. Yet that does not mean that we should be defined by them and ruled by them.

Actually we have words for this, which is a bit of psychobabble, but we call them our fears and our phobias and our "I'd rather nots." An internet site that Google brought me to tells of the six most common of phobias. I'll stop at six because on the seventh we rest! The first most common phobia is mysophobia, the fear of germs. People who succumb to it look like they have OCD, but actually they just have mysophobia. The second most common phobia is pteramahamophobia, or fear of flying. Most of these folks cannot be coaxed onto a plane for even the most important family reunions. Then there is the socialphobic, who has a fear of social gatherings and especially public speaking. Such folks are found inside their homes most of the time. There is the tryptanophobic, the one who fears doctors appointments and especially needles, and the astarophobic who fears thunderstorms. I had a dog like that once, which was so phobic that it ran under the bed, shaking, during thunderstorms. Finally, we end on the six most common of phobias–the cynophobic, who fears man's best friend, the family dog.

Often, people who have severe manifestations of these phobias are doomed to being limited by them, preferring not to confront them. But most of us are somewhere in the more midrange of the spectrum and need, bluntly, the "courage to confront them." Scientists have shown that many of these conditions can be cured by the method of successive approximation–the facing of lesser to eventually more intense examples of the phobia. For instance, with a fear of snakes, folks start with stuffed animal snakes, then eventually rubber ones, and then finally the courageous at heart are ready to encounter and hold a boa constrictor. A willing heart can hopefully one day master fear and reluctance.

Moses is a case in point. This was a guy who didn't like speaking in public. "God," he said numerous times, "I am slow of speech, I stutter, I am heavy of tongue." God's responds with, "Take Aaron with you and he will speak for you." Moses reluctantly agrees and then grows into the job. First he has Aaron as a spokesman, then he lets Aaron hold and use his rod while Moses himself speaks, then Moses has the rod and speaks without Aaron there, and then he speaks without the rod and commands respect. During the plague of locusts, he not only speaks, but by darkness his rod touches heaven. Moses becomes not only great in the eyes of the Hebrews, but he is eventually more greatly respected by the Egyptians than even their Pharaoh. By the time of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses cannot help but wax eloquent. He's a cross between Shakespeare and Churchill. Two-thirds of the Book is Moses's compelling oratory. He cannot stop talking and motivating. 

Heres a poem I wrote, inspired by this evolution:

Moses at first was so reticent
he claimed that he couldn't speak.
He hemmed and he hawed, how could he present?
He had no charisma or cheek.

God said 'enough, Aaron's your mouthpiece.
I'll tell him just the right words to say.
Just take this miracle rod at least
when to Pharaoh the visit you pay.

Moses agrees but soon we shall see
that Aaron's the one with the rod.
Moses is talking quite capably
a switcheroo that is quite odd.

Soon Aaron is along for the ride;
the staff it's not mentioned at all.
And by the fifth plague Aaron's not by his side,
Moses as leader stands tall.

By locusts Moses is raising his staff,
by darkness his hand touches the sky.
At the start, sure he's nervous, his speech full of gaffes
and now get a load of this guy!

At first Moses stutters and mutters,
for talking he hasn't the bent.
But by the fifth book, he elegantly utters,
he's compelling and eloquent.

It gets us thinking, does it not bro,
that our potential we often abort,
when we limit ourselves by saying "no"
when at times we are selling ourselves short.

Learn from Moses that sometimes hard toil
is the way to excel and exceed.
Low expectations are so often our foil
they stop us in way's we'd succeed.

To be honest to ourselves is to admit that we can't do everything well. But our self-imposed limitations so often keep us from even trying. May all of us take stock of our assumed and ingrained limitations. Perhaps we will ask, "Is it really so," and then work on these phobias and limitations. May we, like Moses, blossom into something we never knew we could be, by trying and by working at our phobias, foibles and false assumptions, and let us say, Amen.

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  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President
  • To the baby named at the Tree of Life Ceremony October 27, 2018

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Sometimes all it takes is to write a letter

Much of the time, you don’t get a response, but every once in a while your efforts can have a profound impact that will galvanize further letter writing. I was disturbed when I read about anti-Semitic actions taking place on the campus of The University of Missouri. My sister, Sheree, sent me the article, Over 80 Fliers Promoting University of Missouri Event With Israeli Journalist Systematically Torn Down, from The Algemeiner (see link below). I immediately took it upon myself to write the University of Missouri President, Choi Mun, and let him know that even to those of us in Long Island NY, these acts of anti-Semitic vandalism matter. They affect the self-regard of the pro-Israel Jewish students trying to disseminate the vantage point of Israel in the crosshairs of the hateful acts of terrorists at their border. You can read the article from The Algemeiner  HERE.

 So I wrote to the President of the University of Missouri:

Dear Dr. Mun,

I was disturbed to hear of the vandalism of 80 flyers advertising a speaker from Israel at the Jewish fraternity at UMizz. Has the administration investigated who is behind it and condemned it as an effort to stifle free speech in your campus? I am certain the pro-Israel Jewish students feel unsupported and vilified. The speaker was providing illuminating information about the suffering of Israeli civilians on their southern border, enduring incoming missiles and incendiary balloon arson attacks, information often downplayed by many media outlets. These attacks have led to massive ecological and wildlife damage. There is no doubt the objective is both to hide the truth and intimidate pro-Israeli viewpoints that present a fuller picture of the reality in the ground. It would be gravely disappointing if administrators were passive in the face of efforts to undermine legitimate presentations seeking to flesh out the truth in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So often what passes as fact is simply pro-Palestinian propaganda that echoes the same unsubstantiated tropes about Israeli "oppression." Please advise as to what your administration’s position in this vandalism has been. 

Well, the very next morning I received a letter from President Choi Mun. It read as follows:

Dear Rabbi Silverman,

As leaders of a university that values free speech and dialogue, we are very disappointed to learn of the vandalism. Our Chancellor, Alex Cartwright, has been direct and forceful in his stance against any intimidation and any action that hinders free expression. I will work with the senior leaders at MU to learn more about this issue and to address it.
Thank you
Mun

Shortly after this, I believe the next day, I received an email from Chancellor Cartwright, who wrote me the following:

Dear Rabbi Silverman:

As President Choi has stated, we are committed to free speech and we are extremely disappointed to hear about vandalism. Vice-Chancellor Ward and his team are investigating this and President Choi and I will follow up on those efforts.

Sincerely,
Alex Cartwright

Then, I received another letter from a man named Gary Ward. It was cryptic and read as follows:

If you send a number I will call you tomorrow with a status. Look forward to visiting with you!

I was not sure what that meant at all and was concerned that it was from the "other side" of this issue. What is a "status?" What is he saying about visiting me? So I wrote the following:

Not sure what you are talking about. I wrote a letter because flyers were torn up on your campus for an Israel talk. I live in Long Island NY. Please clarify what you mean!
Ian Silverman

So he responded:

Dear Rabbi Silverman,

I apologize, I should have provided you with more information. 
My name is Gary Ward and I am the Vice-Chancellor of Operations for the University of Missouri. I was copied on President Choi’s and Chancellor Cartwright’s email to you. If you would like, I can provide you with an update on the status of our investigations. I can be reached at [his cell number]. If I don’t answer please leave me a message and I will call you back later.
Gary

So I picked up my phone and called the number, and he informed me that two individuals have been detained– one, a student and one, not a student, who are being investigated with regard to violations of Title IX infractions pertaining to their acts of vandalism. Free speech is one thing, he told me, but paraphrasing, he said, administrators are not handcuffed when it comes to acts of this nature involving harassment, intimidation and vandalism, and it is supremely important to not let matters of this nature get out of hand by ineffectually addressing them.

I thanked him for their responsiveness to this matter and told him that I thought his university should be a model in their handling of intimidation of pro-Israel programs and for the pro-Israel Jewish student and faculty populations who wish to promote balanced views regarding the Middle East.

So if you think writing a letter is waste of time think again my friend!

 

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Thanksgiving, just a few weeks away, has always been my favorite holiday of the year, so what better time to share with you what we are thankful for. I, personally, am thankful for both of my children having graduated from college, and no longer having any tuition bills!

ENJC is thankful that you, our congregants, were generous with your donations for this year’s Yom Kippur appeal. As promised during my High Holiday speech, this month we will be sealing the rest of the roof with the silicon product that we used successfully on the ballroom roof.

We are thankful for our recent additions to the ENJC team. The hallways are buzzing with excitement about what is happening in our Religious School. Some parents have said that their children have learned more in one month than they did in two or three years. Thank you to Fran Pearlman, our new Religious School Director. In October, our first three students, who studied under the direction of our new Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor, Lisa Maron, became Bar and Bat Mitzvah. All of the parents have been singing her praises and the performance of her first three students support those accolades. Benjamin Fuchs, Madeline Stubing and Nathaniel Tyll were awesome on their special day. Mazel Tov to all of the proud parents and families.

I am thankful for the wonderful hard work and support from both the Executive and Congregation Boards. The team devotes long hours to ENJC and each board member attends numerous meetings so that our synagogue can address the questions and concerns of our congregants.

October provided Sisterhood the opportunity to say thank you to their Woman of the Year, Linda Pollack. It was a great night, enjoyed by all that attended. In November, the Men’s Club will be giving their thanks to two well-deserving men, Arnie Carter and Werner Hess. Thank you to Linda, Arnie and Werner for all that you have done over the years to make ENJC a better place.

On October 21st, we held a memorial service for Cantor Nussbaum. It was very well attended and a moving tribute to a special man. All that had known him were thankful for the time that they spent with him. It was terrific to see so many congregants, both past and present, come out for the memorial. Thank you to over 250 of you for attending–Yasher Koach.

I am very excited to announce that ENJC won a 2018 Federal Non-Profit Security Grant. This money will be used toward making ENJC a safe place in today’s turbulent world. I will be updating the congregation as we start some of these projects. This grant provides us three years to complete our security projects. Congratulations and thank you to the committee that helped secure the grant for ENJC.

 I hope that all of the ENJC families have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Dedicated to the baby who was to be named at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA on Shabbat morning, October 27, 2018
by Zev

Little boy, what’s your name – do you have one?
Sweet baby, just eight days, what should we call you?
I have heard the sacred circumcision postponed for jaundiced yellow,
but never before for bloodshed red.

Is your name Shalom? We long for peace in this troubled world. I hope you are Shalom.
Is your name Nachum? Oh, how we need to be comforted in our grief. I hope you are Nachum.
Is your name Raphael? Our broken hearts and bleeding souls need healing. I hope you are Raphael.

You should have been carried high into the congregation on Shabbat morning – past from loving hands to loving hands – on a cushioned pillow to receive your Jewish name.
Instead your elders fell and were carried out on stretchers in plastic bags. Their names on tags.

Is your name Moshe? Our unbearable anguish and rage demands justice. I hope you are Moshe.
Is your name Ariel? We need the ferocious strength of lions to protect our people. I hope you are Ariel.
Is your name Barak? We need courageous warriors to vanquish our enemies. I hope you are Barak.

The blood on Shabbat morning was supposed to be covenantal not sacrilegious, sacramental not sacrificial, sacred not unholy. The tears were supposed to be of
boundless joy not bottomless sorrow.
The cries were supposed to be “mazel tov” not the mourner’s kaddish.

Is your name Simcha? We need an end to sadness by bringing joy into our world. I hope you are Simcha.
Is your name Yaron? We need an end to mourning by bringing song into our lives. I hope you are Yaron.
Is your name Matan? We need the gift of children who will bring a better tomorrow. I hope you are Matan.

So little boy, what’s your name? Take them all if you will. Take a thousand names. Be Peace and Comfort and Healing. Be Justice and Strength and Courage. Be Joy and Song and a Gift to the world.
Be every good name and every good thing.

And, Sweet baby, take one more name if you will – because I hope you will be blessed with a long, blissful, beautiful and meaningful life…
I hope you are Chaim.

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Week of Monday, November 12

Mon-Thurs, 11/12-11/15
Weekday Minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, November 16
Evening Shabbat Service – 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 17
Shabbat Morning Service – 9:15 am
Hay Shabbat

Sunday, November 18
Morning Minyan – 9:00 am
Evening Minyan – 8:15 pm

 

Read the Rabbinical Assembly statement on the Attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue HERE.

See the CHAI Fall 2018 Schedule and Register for Classes HERE!

 

 

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