• 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!
  • Celebrate The New Year for Trees

    Celebrate The New Year for Trees

    Join us in celebrating Israel's ecological innovations and the Jewish imperative for sustainability, with our wonderful Tu B'Shvat Seder. Enjoy some of the fruits of Israel, with hummus and pita as well. Friday night, January 18th, immediately following our 8:00 pm services
  • It's Wallyball Time!

    It's Wallyball Time!

    It's Wallyball, from 6-8:00 pm at Eastern Athletic Club, 854 Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station. Join us back at the ENJC after for a Pastrami & Friends supersub dinner. If you don't play Wallyball, we have board games as well. Please RSVP to the synagogue office, 631-368-6474 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Join us for Pizza and Board Games

    Join us for Pizza and Board Games

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 at 4:00 PM. Bring yourselves, bring the kids, enjoy some old favorites, discover some new ones. There will be a bunch of games available, but feel free to bring your own as well. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 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 22, 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
  • Wrap and Roll

    Wrap and Roll

    Join the World Wide Wrap at the ENJC and celebrate the mitzvah of Tefillin, and then have a delicious bagel while learning about how to "wrap yourself with God."
  • 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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  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President
  • A Minyan Plea from Rabbi Silverman

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On the 15th of Shvat, we have the privilege of celebrating the holiday of Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of Trees. Traditionally, Tu B’Shvat marks the date at which the earliest blooming trees of Israel, the almond, or shkediah trees, begin their new fruit-bearing cycle, with sap beginning to rise and buds to appear. (Halacha instructs that a tree must be four years old before one can dedicate its fruits and then consume them.) The Kabbalists of Northern Israel established a “seder,” in which trees and fruits, which the rabbis associated with the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, were celebrated. As of the last century, Tu B’Shvat became connected with development and expansion of Israel’s forests and the greening of the semi-arid slopes of the Judaean Hills. Note that what is a fiscal legal holiday has been transformed into a more general celebration of nature.

Many today are of the opinion that we must broaden the significance of Tu B’Shvat beyond its current
Israel-centric scope. We surely must continue a glorification of the natural habitat of Israel. And certainly the holiday takes on even greater cogency in view of the recent arson attacks on natural conservations and farmlands in the South, with acres of land going up in smoke from the incendiary “kite” and balloon bombs flown into Israel by Hamas terrorists. But Tu B’Shvat should encompass a broader agenda.

A recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and by our own Federal Government is alarming. The citizens of this planet are doing damage that will soon be irreversible, if not lessened and checked in the next decade. I used to think these warnings sounded a lot like Chicken Little. However, it appears that all of us need to understand the gravity of these reports. Oil spills and the dumping of plastic and debris in our oceans threatens our marine life. The run-off of fertilizer into our waters has resulted in brown tides and the blanching of coral reefs, which is killing off even more sea life. The carbon dioxide emissions of industrial nations (China and our United States) will raise ocean temperatures another 2 degrees by the year 2050, causing massive coastal damage due to flooding. And our Federal Government is wrestling with itself policy-wise, as many in the EPA and Trump Administration are unwilling to implement policies that should be dictated by their own scientific findings.

Rabbi Yohanan, in the Talmud, said that if the Messiah comes while you are planting a tree, you should first finish planting and then go out and greet the Messiah. This is because neither God nor the Messiah will rescue us from ourselves. In a midrash, God says to Adam in the garden “Keep it and tend it, because if you ruin it, there will be none to repair it.” Safeguarding nature is our task and our task alone. Our agricultural laws, in the book of Leviticus, stress again and again that we are tenants on God’s good earth, and we have an obligation to prevent it from exhausting itself. Let us utilize the consciousness of Tu B’Shvat to redouble our efforts on behalf of the environment, not only in our nation but in the Land of Israel and for the planet as whole. Recycle with a vengeance. Plant trees in Israel and in your back yard. Consider purchasing electric cars and solar for your homes. And, make sure to reinforce your thinking and spirit with our annual Tu B’Shvat Seder, which this year will be January 18th, immediately after services. You and your children are invited to enjoy the fruits and grains once again, and to reflect on our precious natural elements.

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 Happy New Year!

It has been a very interesting year at ENJC, and likewise, 2019 will see many significant changes. In the first quarter of the year, we will be rolling out our fob system to better secure the entrance to our building. Please look for your notification in the mail so you can come to the office to get your fob. Meanwhile, the security committee has been working diligently, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on the grant paperwork, so that hopefully, by late spring, we will start to see some of those planned changes to protect our building and property.

We anticipate introducing a new chazzan in July, to be in place in time for the Jewish New Year. The cantor search committee has been very busy, reading resumes, listening to recordings, and interviewing candidates as they become available. We plan to invite some candidates for Shabbat weekends to determine if they are a fit for our shul. Please come down and join us for those Shabbats. It would be nice to have a large crowd, and it would also give you an opportunity form and voice your opinion on these candidates. Please look for notification of those Shabbats in future Weekly Updates and The Bulletin.

We have been discussing the idea of introducing more programming and events for our senior members. If this is of interest to you, please send me an e-mail with your name and what type of programs you would like ENJC to host.

My new year’s wish is to have more congregants attend and support our daily minyan. Our turnout for events in 2018 was wonderful and I would like to see it grow even more in 2019.

Amanda, Danny, Meryl and I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year, from our family to yours!

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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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Services

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Week of Monday, January 17

Mon-Thurs, 1/14 - 1/17
Weekday Minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, January 18
Evening Shabbat Service – 8:00 pm
Tu B'Shvat Seder – following services

Saturday, January 19
Shabbat Morning Service – 9:15 am
David Kessler Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, January 13
Morning Minyan – 9:00 am
Evening Minyan – 8:15 pm

 

 

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Celebrating Chanukah

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  • Fire Juggler, 12/3

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  • Chanukah at the Harbor, Northport, 12/6

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  • 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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