• 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!
  • Installing our ENJC Boards

    Installing our ENJC Boards

    Join us for a musical evening, beginning with Joshua Warner's guitar accompaniment, the lighting of our Shabbat candles and Shabbat service, and the installation of our Congregation, Men's Club and Sisterhood Boards for the 2019-2020 year
  • Commemorating our Major Day of Mourning

    Commemorating our Major Day of Mourning

    Tisha B'Av marks the destruction of both the first and second temples in Jerusalem, and other calamitous events that have befallen the Jewish people
  • Men's Club Kickoff

    Men's Club Kickoff

    Start the 2019-2020 year with a delicious and fun BBQ tradition.
  • 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 Judaism on 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.
  • 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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A colleague of mine, Rabbi Mark Greenspan, shares with us one of the great Pesach stories. This one is about Chaim, a Jewish man from long ago, who was good friends with the monarch of a small kingdom. The king loved Chaim, and Chaim loved the king. More importantly, the king trusted Chaim and knew he was a talented and capable banker, so he decided to make Chaim the royal treasurer. Unfortunately, the other advisors resented having a Jew placed in a position of such high authority, so they went to the king with an ultimatum: either Chaim had to convert or they would resign.

Reluctantly, the king told Chaim his dilemma. Being a good friend and realizing how fortunate he was to be the royal treasurer, Chaim told his family that they had to convert if he was to hold on to his position.

Weeks turned into months after the conversion, and Chaim’s conscience weighed on him. How could he have deserted his ancestral faith so easily? Finally, one day, Chaim burst into the royal throne room and told his friend, “My king, you know how I feel about you and how much I love serving you. But I cannot live with myself if I cannot be a Jew. I cannot be treasurer if I must remain Christian!”

Upon hearing this, the king said to Chaim, “My dear friend, why didn’t you tell me how strongly you felt about this. If Judaism is so important to you, I will allow you and your family to return to your ancient faith.” Chaim immediately rushed home to tell his wife the good news. He said, “Shprinze, I have wonderful news. The king said we can return to Judaism immediately.” To which Shprinze responded, “You idiot - couldn’t you wait until after Pesach to ask?” “Oy,” says Chaim, “
goyeshe kopf!”

Now it's pretty clear that this is the immediate thought of many who take Pesach seriously. We clean and we scrub and roll up rugs and wash down counters and vacuum in every nook and cranny. We kasher and clean and spend big money (sometimes twice that!) to make a seder and to have the special exorbitant pesachdik food. Wives and their husbands cook and clean and wash baseboards and cupboards and juggle for a week between chametz and Pesach cooking. We throw away our chametz food or squirrel it away and sell it through the rabbi. It is sometimes overwhelming when you, in addition, throw in the research and brainstorming about an interesting angle or activities for the seders. And then of course there is shul. Purim is intense, building a sukkah isn’t easy, and Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are at times challenging, but when you compare those holidays to the time-intensive frantic march from Purim to being ready for Pesach, they are walks in the park. So really, who needs Pesach? Wouldn’t life be a peach and just fine without it?

Well a lot of people needed it and continue to need it. Revolutionary Americans saw themselves as the Egyptian Hebrews in slavery as they readied their muskets against the British. One of the first seals of the nation was a picture of Moses leading the Hebrews out of slavery. The African slaves of the South and discriminated masses in the civil rights era needed Pesach, for the negro spiritual, “Go Down Moses,” never left their lips, giving them resolve and inspiration. The men, women and children of Chad, of Nigeria, and of Darfur need it, remembering that God, too, may be readying to rescue them from their enslavements of rape and pillage. The Syrian opposition of Bashar al Assad surely identify themselves enslaved by a dictator, as do the masses of Venezuela. And surely the young women who are trafficked in Thailand, in Russia and elsewhere–the new manifestation of slavery that is a blight and stain to any nation that tolerates it–certainly need the hope that they can some day be released, someday benefit from saviors who will free them. And surely those one-in-six in America and one-in-five in the State of Israel, enslaved by hunger–they too can gain inspiration and hope through it.

Well we need it too. We need the reminder each year that Pesach did not merely release the Hebrews to radical freedom; it rescued them to become a kingdom of priests and a holy nation; to be both a Peoplehood bound by rituals and belief as well as a People tied to an ancestral homeland. It released them so that God could make them His people, who bring the message of a caring, loving, universal God, and a message of empathy to all those that are oppressed and suffering.

Sometimes it seems that preparing for Pesach is enslaving. When you feel that, don't despair. Take a rest but also take heart! Consider that its effect is to heighten the moment when Pesach comes, a time in which we, as a free and released people, have made our way from radical liberation to the attachment of ourselves to God's mitzvoth, as we count the omer to Shavuoth and to Torah. Consider how Passover has given hope and faith to so many groups oppressed around the world. Consider the empathy it gives us for others who are mired in far worse enslavement and back-breaking circumstance.

In every generation, each of us must consider ourselves as having come out of Egypt for so many reasons. Maybe there is a method to this madness after all. May we keep that in mind and in heart as we prepare our homes and our tables this year.

A Chag Kasher ve Sameah – A sisen and meaningful Pesach!

Leadership

  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Steven Walvick, Hazzan
  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President

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The Significance of Tisha be Av Today (August 10-11, 2019) 

Tisha B'Av is observed this summer immediately following Shabbat on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday day, August 11. We will observe it with a full day fast, wearing canvas shoes, abstaining from bathing, no lotions, no marital relations, just as we do at Yom Kippur. This holy day carries with it a rich tradition of mourning the destruction of the Temple, yet we are ambivalent toward it, while at the same time, learning great lessons from this period.

We learn about the need to not descend into negativity: Our sages say that it was on this day that the spies brought back a pessimistic and negative report about conquering the land of Israel, resulting in the Israelites wandering the Sinai for thirty eight more years.

We learn about laxity in our relationship with God and Mitzvoth and the danger of losing the resolve of faith: The first Temple fell due to the descent into idol worship and the imitation of Canaanite practices.

We learn about the lethal nature of taking extremist positions: Apparently in the time of  the second Temple, the extremists insisted on attacking the Romans instead of negotiating with them.

We learn about the importance of having a “Plan B”: Had Johanan Ben Zakkai not snuck out to establish Yavneh in the ruins of Jerusalem, Judaism and the Jewish people may not have survived.

Yet on the other hand, we are ambivalent because Jerusalem, thank God, is not now in ruins. It is being rebuilt and expanded every day, in every conceivable way. The Jewish people have a sovereign state and a powerful military. Israel is a vibrant fountain of Jewish renewal and vitality.

So why must we don sackcloth and fast? In fact, one lenient tradition in the Masorti movement suggests "fast but half a day!" This compromise was based on the fact that campers and counselors at Camp Ramah in Jerusalem were having great difficulty with thirst and hunger and because, after all, we are no longer mourning the destruction of the Jewish nation. So which is it?

Rabbi David Golinkin, president of the Schechter Institute, points to a D’var Torah for Rosh Hashanah that discusses the four fasts, and in particular, the fast of the fourth (17 Tammuz) and the fifth month (Tisha B Av) The source quotes from the prophet Zachariah, who tells us that in a time of peace and tranquility these fast days shall become days of joy and gladness.

Rav Hanna bar Bizna said in the name of Rabbi Shimon Hasida: What is meant by the verse (Zekhariah 8:19): “Thus said the Lord of Hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth month, the fast of the seventh month, and the fast of the tenth month shall become occasions for joy and gladness for the House of Judah.” – It is called “fast” and it is called “joy and gladness” – when there is peace, they shall be days of “joy and gladness”… when there is no peace, they shall be a “fast”.

Said Rav Pappa: The verse is saying: When there is peace, “they shall become occasions for joy and gladness”. When there is persecution, “fast”. If there is neither persecution nor peace – if they wished, they fast; if they wished, they need not fast.”

Rabbi Golinkin names a number of reasons why the full fast should still be observed. One might think that now is a time when we could say it’s a mixed bag–that peace is at hand, and therefore, fasting should be optional. But is peace really at hand yet? Even in the second Temple period (when the new Temple actually was built!) Tisha be Av was not abolished. This is because the redemption of Jerusalem and the Jewish people is not complete. Sadly, there is still Sinat Hinam, a discrediting of one Jewish group over another and another over another. The General Assembly in the UN still condemns Israel, and anti-Israel and anti-Semitic regimes condemn the Jewish state while ignoring human rights violations in Sudan, Iran, Syria, Somalia, China, and North Korea. Anti-Israel sentiment and unfair positions regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict are articulated on almost every campus. Alarmingly, this educational sabotage is even being introduced in some public high school and middle school curricula around the U.S. Iran’s nuclear centrifuges are revving up once again. Unfortunately, therefore, fasting a full day is still advised!

May the day come in our revitalized homeland when there will be real peace. May the day come soon, when the Jewish people are not under assault, verbal and physical. Then sadness will turn to joy, mourning to song-- and let us say, Amen.

Please come to begin our Tisha B'Av service Saturday Night, August 10 at 8:45pm for the reading of Eicha, and on Sunday morning at 9am for our Shacharit Torah reading Haftarah and Kinot.

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My wife, Rabbi Deborah Miller, and my daughter, Libby are so excited to be members of this warm and welcoming community. We have been eagerly anticipating this move for months, and now that it is finally a reality, it is somewhat overwhelming.  Our goal here is not for me to simply be your “Cantor” but to become a fully integrated part of the family, and towards that end, it is imperative that we get to know you, and you get to know us. It is not enough to simply meet the weekly and daily “shul goers” who come to minyan, but each and every member of this Synagogue is a vital component of the shul. Whether acting in the role of Doer, Donor, or Davener, we all hold the shul together. So if you’d like to get to know me, feel free to stop by the shul any day (except Wednesdays,) and if I happen to be busy or out, talk with Mary in the office to schedule some face-time. I’m also happy to meet off-campus, or to have you over to our house for a Shabbat meal if that works out better. Don’t feel embarrassed to invite us over regardless of the state of your kitchen, or your attendance at services. Remember, there are hundreds of you, and only one me, so at least in the beginning, I’ll need you all to reach out to me.  I, along with my family, look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Kol Tuv,
Hazzan Steven Walvick, Rabbi Deborah Miller & Libby

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Congregation Board of Directors has approved the hiring of Hazzan Steven Walvick as our new Cantor. Many of the congregation had the opportunity to meet Hazzan Walvick, his wife Deborah and their daughter, Libby, in February when they were here for a meet-and-greet, and the feedback was extremely positive. Hazzan Walvick comes to us from Toms River, New Jersey and will begin his cantorial duties at ENJC as of July 1st. I look forward to working with Hazzan Walvick to plan many wonderful activities and events for ENJC.

I know that each of you will give Hazzan Walvick and his family the warmest welcome in true ENJC fashion! 

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Cantor Search Committee, directed by Arnie Carter, for their hard work and dedication to finding us the “perfect fit”. 

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Week of Monday, July 22

Mon-Thurs, 7/22 - 7/25
Weekly minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, July 26
Erev Shabbat Services – 7:00 pm
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Saturday, July 27
Shabbat Services – 9:15 am

Sunday, July 28
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