• Welcome to the ENJC

    Welcome to the ENJC

    The ENJC is a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue of approximately 150 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!
  • Join us for the High Holidays

    Join us for the High Holidays

    Join our ENJC synagogue family for the High Holidays this year. Our HH services begin with Selichot on September 17th and run through Simchat Torah on October 18th. For a complete list of services, please click on the link. Read More
  • Sukkot Chavurah Dinner

    Sukkot Chavurah Dinner

    Celebrate Sukkot with family and friends in our beautiful Sukkah. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to the office by October 7. Shabbat services to follow.
  • ENJC Flu and Covid-19 Drive-thru Vaccine Clinci

    ENJC Flu and Covid-19 Drive-thru Vaccine Clinci

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 9:30 am - Attend minyan at 9:00 and then get your flu shot and Covid booster. You can receive both the same day (Covid boosters with prior registration only). Please see the Weekly Update for more details. Click on the Read More button to download your Flu shot form. Read More
  • Announcing this year's Adult Education series

    Announcing this year's Adult Education series

    Expand your heart and your mind with 13 topics that you can study with Rabbi Ian and fellow congregants from the comfort of your own home. New students welcomed! Click the Read More button for more info. Read More
  • See some great Israeli films this fall

    See some great Israeli films this fall

    Join us to view five highly acclaimed Israeli movies ranging from documentaries to dramas to comedies. Celebrate Israeli culture! Popcorn and snacks served. Click on the Read More button to see the film schedule and short synopses of each. Read More
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  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Steven Walvick, Hazzan
  • Fighting Racism

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The Symbols of Rosh Hashanah

Once again, we have come around to our High Holidays season. The summer has flown and we are so excited to have our sanctuary full again with our prayers and friendship. Hazzan and I are so looking forward to seeing you to wish you and yours a Shana Tova.

There are wonderful reminders of our religion embedded in the many symbols of Rosh Hashanah. Here’s a bit about the Shofar and the honey and apple.

Shofar: The shofar reminds us of the ram that replaced Isaac when Abraham found it caught by the horns in the bush. The ram was said to be created at the twilight of the sixth day, and therefore, it was created on Rosh Hashanah, which our sages equate to the day on which humans were created. The shofar blast sounding from all directions heavenward this day reminds God of how Isaac was saved in the nick of time by its presence. So, also, in blasting the shofar, we are hopeful that God will be alerted to the Jewish people, whose lives also hang in the balance. As with Isaac, we too shall merit God saying, “do us no harm”. And as Abraham quashed his mercy and expanded his strict justice of following the letter of the command, so too we hope God shall do the inverse: to allow mercy to override strict justice.

The shofar reminds us of how we stood at Mt. Sinai and received the Commandments as it blasted louder and louder. It reminds us of redemption, as it will sound to announce the Messiah. Midrash has it that the ram of Abraham was not wasted. It was slaughtered to save Isaac. It’s gut was used to string the harp of King David that played of its own in the middle of the night, to which David composed the psalms. It's hide was used to fashion the mantle of the Prophets Elijah and Elisha. One horn was used and blasted at the time the Israelites received the Torah at Mt. Sinai. The other one was stored away for the announcing of Elijah and the coming of the Messianic age.

The sound of the shofar alerts us and wakes us up to repent. The blast of the shofar calls on God to overlook our misdirection and to emphasize our most noble points. The Shofar helps God "cover over" those less than stellar actions and attitudes we expressed this year. Tiku be Chodesh shofar, blast the shofar at Rosh Hashanah–we say at Kiddush…bekese…so that God shall cover up our sins on this holiday.

Apple: Cut it in half and you’ll find five points of a star on each half, reminding us of ten words, yehi, that brought the world into being–the Ten Commandments, that along with study and action, make the world go round. It reminds us of the ten potencies of God, and ten attributes that we humans have in His image. The apple is a symbol of fertility, as it was under an apple tree that the Israelites continued to grow, even during slavery. Apples are tart, but we cover them with honey. In this way we intend to sweeten our year ahead. We hope that even in the inevitable sour and tart patches that come our way, there will be a sweetness in our growth of character and resilience. Looking at each side of the apple, we are reminded of Yom Kippur, with its five "restrictions" and that its five services are just around the corner!

Honey: The word for honey in Hebrew is Devash, which equals 306 numerically דבש.  This same number applies to the name of our merciful God Av HaRachamim, אב הרחמים. We so hope and pray that God shall be merciful and sweet for our year to come. Beth and I wish for only nachas and good health in this coming year, and as we invoke in our intention when we pass around the apple…Yehi Ratzon, May it be Your will our God, the God of our ancestors that you renew for a good year and a very sweet one, Amen.                                                       

 It's your moment to step up

וַיְצַ֣ו מֹשֶׁ֗ה וַיַּעֲבִ֨ירוּ ק֥וֹל בַּֽמַּחֲנֶה֮ לֵאמֹר֒ אִ֣ישׁ וְאִשָּׁ֗ה אַל־יַעֲשׂוּ־ע֛וֹד מְלָאכָ֖ה לִתְרוּמַ֣ת הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ וַיִּכָּלֵ֥א הָעָ֖ם מֵהָבִֽיא
Moses thereupon had this proclamation made throughout the camp: “Let no man or woman make further effort toward gifts for the sanctuary!” So the people stopped bringing

At the end of the book of Exodus we encounter the one, and probably only time, where a Jewish leader had to ask the Jews to stop donating! Talk about your abundance mindset! Imagine having enough so much gold, and silver and animal skins that you had to start turning people away. I, for one, can tell you, that here at the East Northport Jewish Center, we are still accepting as many dolphin skins as you are willing to donate (and can procure without upsetting the people at PETA too much.) 

Oy! To live in such a time where everyone wanted to participate, and give, and the only real issues you had was in which tent you piled all the crimson thread, and in which tent you piled all the royal purple threads. Alas, we do face challenges, and it is easy to look back to this story from our past and be wistful. Heck, we don’t have to go back quite so far. We can look back to the boom in the founding and growing of synagogues post World War II, or even the huge numbers of involved congregants we, along with most other congregations had in the 1980’s and yearn for “The Good Old Days.” But, if you’re hoping I have the answer to bringing back the days of hundreds of congregants attending Shabbat services every Shabbat and jam packed tribute booklets for a “Man of the Year” dinner, alas, I don’t have those solutions. But maybe those aren’t necessarily the challenges we should be struggling to achieve. Similarly, I’m really not sure what we would do with even ONE dolphin skin, let alone hundreds. But what are the challenges we can and should address as we hopefully approach the light at the end of this pandemic? What are the main places we should focus our strength and energies? I’ll give you a hint. Let’s start with what we’re good at. When I was struck by an automobile on the way to shul, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection and support from our congregants—both those whom I have weekly or daily interactions with, as well as even those who some might consider “three times a year” Jews, yet nevertheless felt the very Jewish need to fulfill the obligation of Biqor Holim, via e-mails, phone calls, or the delivery of delicious delicacies hand-cooked, or provided by our community’s one and only Kosher eatery: Pastrami ‘N Friends. (Talk to our President Robin Kain if you want to purchase gift certificates!) When I was unable to lead services, the Rabbi was not left to fend for himself, but our congregants stepped up to help lead, either via our Zoom offered minyanim, or our in-person hybrid Shabbat services. We are a community of doers and givers. We are truly the heimish community, who might actually have needed a Moses to tell them when enough has been given. (I should add, that, our freezer is now full, and there’s only so much corned beef I can consume at one time, but thank you for the continual offers!) 

Sure, if you read the Pew report, it sure seems like doom and gloom, and I’m not going to bother to repeat the statistics that portray a very real and very scary outlook for our future, not only at ENJC, but as Jews, nay as ANY organized religion faces in the years to come. But instead of focusing on the negatives, let us double-down on our positives. What gifts can YOU bring to the East Northport Jewish Center? What skills do you possess that might be helpful to our community? What hidden talents might brighten someone’s day? Do you know how to read Torah or Haftara? Can you deliver a sermon or D’var Torah? Can you lead any part of our services? Let’s take a step forward here. Are you willing/able to learn new skills to help our community? Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach a man to make Gefilte Fish, and he can start a global empire under the Mrs. Adler’s label! If you can read Hebrew, I can teach you how to lead a prayer service. Whether the relatively short 15-minute evening minyan we host each weeknight, or either parts of the Friday and/or Saturday morning services. It’s never too late to learn how to chant from the Torah or Haftara. Not so skilled in Hebrew? Thanks to such resources as the website Sefaria, it is easier than ever to write a D’var Torah, and I would be happy to show you how to research a week’s Torah Portion and bring insights from your own life into a message to deliver to the congregation. 

As we hopefully have more and more in-person events back in our community, it’s time to think about other activities we can be doing at the ENJC. Before the pandemic, we had wonderful sessions on learning to play mah jjong led by our dearly departed congregant Jodi Saperstein, as well lessons in canasta. I hope to be teaching a group on how to play bridge, with the help of Renee Rubin soon. Howie Lewin gave a great talk on researching family lineages, that contained only a merciful few of his terrible puns. We had a growing pickleball contingent coming on Sunday afternoons before we had to close down for insurance reasons. What other skills or knowledges can you teach or offer to our ENJC family?  Of course, we can’t always expect that we’ll be able to implement every idea, and just because you are an expert at swallowing knitting needles, doesn’t mean that Sue Kazazz will necessarily be able to fit into our schedule, but it never hurts to let us know. What we do here at ENJC is give back, and help each other, so let us focus our gifts to improve the lives of our members. 

וְעָשָׂה֩ בְצַלְאֵ֨ל וְאׇהֳלִיאָ֜ב וְכֹ֣ל אִ֣ישׁ חֲכַם־לֵ֗ב אֲשֶׁר֩ נָתַ֨ן ה׳    
חׇכְמָ֤ה וּתְבוּנָה֙ בָּהֵ֔מָּה לָדַ֣עַת לַעֲשֹׂ֔ת אֶֽת־כׇּל־מְלֶ֖אכֶת עֲבֹדַ֣ת הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ לְכֹ֥ל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּ֖ה הֹ׃
Let, then, Bezalel and Oholiab and all the skilled persons whom God has endowed with skill and ability to perform expertly all the tasks connected with the service of the sanctuary carry out all that God has commanded.

Neither Bezalel, nor Oholiab were known to be especially pious Jews. They weren’t priests. They weren’t Rabbis, or especially learned in Jewish rituals. It’s doubtful they could have sung even Adon Olam in a tuneful way (possibly because it would be thousands of years before Adon Olam would be written). But they were skillful. Bezalel is noted as being highly artistic and skilled. But even that isn’t a barrier to participation. Bezalel’s assistant, Oholiab, is not mentioned as having any particularly extraordinary skills at all. He was a doer more than a leader, he knew when and where his help was needed and he volunteered. Now is the time for all of us to volunteer to bring ENJC out of this pandemic and into the future. The Rabbi and I don’t need you to be Moses or Aaron. If you’re a Bezalel, and bring special skills, great. But even if all you have is a willing and giving heart and want to help, or even just become more involved as a participant at ENJC, now is your moment. 

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Fighting Racism 
There are no words that convey our outrage, grief and our exasperation at the loss of 21 in Uvalde,TX, 19 of which were children 10 yrs old and less, with their lives, dreams, plans, joy and comfort robbed from them and their families forever. My prayer is that every resource goes to these bereft sons and daughters, parents, siblings grandparents and loved ones, so as to help them emerge from this tragedy and somehow honor and memorialize their children by moving forward and continuing in spite of unbearable grief. God, our precious parent, give the surviving families the gift of resilience. 

But our prayers and petitions must also be  for our politicians, local, state and federal, our courts and our law enforcement agencies, to find the courage and maturity to formulate sensible gun laws such as universal background checks, waiting periods, red flag legislation, and laws that put stricter age limits on the purchase and use of semi automatic weaponry. Our country is the only country in the world with this problem. We are not any more or less mentally ill than other countries. We are here because of the lax regulation and access to these weapons. In my opinion this too should be the prayers we offer as well: prayers for the resolve to legislate laws to protect our treasured children. Below find the statement of the Rabbinical Assembly. 
         –Rabbi Ian Silverman 
Rabbinical Assembly Heartbroken by Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Following the killing of 19 schoolchildren and two adults in Uvalde, TX, and the wounding of others, the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the international association for Conservative/Masorti rabbis, issued the following statement:

This event is simply heart-breaking. Children must be more precious to America than its guns.

While our hearts and sincere prayers go out to the people of Uvalde, especially the families of the victims, thoughts and prayers have never been enough; it is past time for action. It is the lack of action that has brought us Sandy Hook and Parkland and too many other mass shootings to list. And now Uvalde.

It is high time that United States politicians, currently obsessed with reelection campaigns, put aside partisanship in order literally to save lives. They must firmly and immediately enact meaningful gun reform legislation. The same with mental health reform.

As we have said all too often – and too recently – we offer our deepest condolences and support to all those impacted by this despicable attack and reiterate our vehement condemnation of gun violence.

The Rabbinical Assembly has spoken out many times against gun violence in the United States. We unequivocally call upon lawmakers to immediately take all available measures to ensure the safety of the public and to limit the availability of guns. As our tradition reminds us, 'Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor' (Leviticus 19:16).



  • This Week

Monday - Thursday, September 19-22
8:15 pm – Daily Minyan (Zoom)

Friday - September 23
7:30 pm – Erev Shabbat (In-person & Zoom)

Saturday - September 24
9:30 am – Shabbat Service (In-person & Zoom)

Sunday - September 25
9:00 am – Morning Minyan (Zoom)
7:00 pm – Erev Rosh Hashanah (In-person & Live Stream)

Monday - September 26 - 1st Day RH
9:00 am – Morning Services
6:30 pm – Mincha/Coffee
7:30 pm – Maariv

Tuesday - September 27 - 2nd Day  RH
9:00 am – Morning Services
6:30 pm – Mincha
7:30 pm – Maariv and Havdalah

Wednesday, September 28 - Fast of Gedalia
Fast 5:28 am - 7:24 pm
8:15 pm - Evening minyan

Thursday, September 29
8:15 pm - Evening Minyan

Friday, September 30 - Erev Shabbat Shuvah – 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 1 - Shabbat Shuvah – 9:30 am

Sunday, October 2 - Taschlich
12:00 pm Noon – Centerport Beach



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Northport Candlelight Vigil Against Hate, Oct. 28

  • Rabbi Ian

  • Local clergy, Rev. Rachel Vione

  • Northport Mayor Damon McMullen

  • NY State Senator Jim Gaughran

  • Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland

  • Attended by hundreds

  • NPT High School Assistant Principal Terrence Hinson

  • Huntington NAACP President Veronique Bailey

  • School Superintendent Robert Banzer

  • Not In Our Town (NIOT) pledge


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