• 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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It has been “March Madness” at the ENJC this past month, with nonstop activities for members of all ages. The madness started with the ice cream feast on March 1st, celebrating Shabbat Across America. The next morning we celebrated Matthew Greenbaum’s Bar Mitzvah. Matthew did an outstanding job. The youth of our synagogue, too, have been busy with Kadima, Chaverim and USY, meeting twice this past month, and we’ve also held our monthly Tot Shabbat. These were fun activities enjoyed by all.

On behalf of our congregation, I want to extend a special Yasher Koach to Lori Maldavir and her wonderful team of volunteers that participated in the HIHI (Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative) Program. They fed the homeless four times over the course of this cold winter. Thank you to the numerous families that participated and a big Thank You to Adam Bolander of Kosher Thyme Marketplace in Plainview. Adam donated chicken for all four HIHIs. Please support the vendors that support us.

The ENJC was honored to host a baby naming for a founding family, the Rothmans, on March 9th. What a special day, with all the Rothman generations represented. The following week, women of our Sisterhood, and some of their daughters, learned the Story of Challah and the art of making it with Chaya Teldon.

From Thursday, March 14th through Sunday, March 17th we hosted Cantor David Sislen, of Florida, for his cantoral audition. The weekend began with a Meet and Greet on Thursday night, with Cantor Sislen playing the guitar and singing Jewish songs from around the world. Friday night services and Saturday morning services were led by Cantor Sislen, in tandem with Rabbi Silverman. Cantor Sislen concluded the weekend by leading the Sunday morning minyan. In excess of 175 people attended the four Cantor Sislen events. Since October, we have had four potential cantors on our bima for auditions. We started with Cantor Eric Wasser for 3 Shabbat weekends. Cantor Ken Cohen has been with us for numerous Shabbats, including the memorial for the Tree of Life massacre and most recently Purim. Super Bowl weekend was Cantor Steven Walvick’s audition. And Cantor David Sislen was our latest candidate. We thank everyone for their support of the many hosted cantoral events. The Cantor Search Committee values the input and opinions that have been shared with them. I would love to be able to report that we have a signed contract with our new cantor for my May article.                                                    

Purim was celebrated on March 20th with a wonderful Purim Spiel performance by our Daled and Hay students a la Star Wars. The Megillah reading followed, as well as a short performance by our Purim Players singing Supercalafragilisticexpialadocious. The following morning was another full reading of the Megillah. On March 27th the Men’s Club will be socializing at Millers Ale House in Commack. It will be nice to see the companionship of the guys at an occasion that isn’t a meeting or an event at which they have to work. The month will close with Noah Kurtz’s Bar Mitzvah on the 30th and the Senior Program on the 31st.

April – we have Passover to look forward to!

My congregational message this month is to ask that everyone get the most value from your membership –attend services, enjoy a program or event for you or with your family, or just give back and help others. ENJC, the place with something for everyone!


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

View current news articles, commentary, videos and more having an impact on Jewish culture, politics and religion at Rabbi Silverman's Sites to See

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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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
Morning Minyan –9:00 am
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