• 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!
  • The Epic Tale of Operation Entebbe

    The Epic Tale of Operation Entebbe

    Learn about this daring mission from our own ENJC Congregant, Yossie Mermelstein, followed by the original movie, "Raid on Entebbe." Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm. Israeli snacks served.
  • Shabbat Across America

    Shabbat Across America

    Synagogues across North America will come together for this special Friday night celebration. Join us on Friday night, February 28 at 6:15 pm for Mexican dinner! Adults are $9, couples are $18 and families are $25. Children under 4 are free. Contact the synagogue office to RSVP NOW.
  • Storytime at Barnes and Noble

    Storytime at Barnes and Noble

    Join us at Barnes and Noble for a magical Purim experience, with stories, crafts, munchies and fun! We'll be meeting at 10:30 am on March 1. Please contact the synagogue office with any questions.
  • Don't Know How to Play Mah Jongg?

    Don't Know How to Play Mah Jongg?

    Now is your opportunity to learn! The ENJC Engage Program is offering Mah Jongg classes on Sundays, February 23 at 12:30; March 1 and March 8 at 1:oo pm. Please RSVP to the synagogue office at 631-368-6474 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. It's FREE!
  • Register for Sisterhood's Mah Jongg Tournament

    Register for Sisterhood's Mah Jongg Tournament

    Join us March 15th for a day of Mah Jongg tournament play, including a bagel breakfast, lunch and snacks, and great prizes for the winners. Bring your friends! Price is $45 to reserve your space. Deadline to register is March 9. Read More
  • ENJC Purim Services 2020

    ENJC Purim Services 2020

    Join us for the Full Megillah Reading on MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 9th at 7:30 pm, with songs and a special concert of the ENJC Klezmer Band. And of course, followed by delicious hamantaschen.On TUESDAY, MARCH 10th our Second Megillah Reading will begin at 9:00 am, with a Seudah Purim Meal served from 5-6:30 pm. We hope you'll be there!
  • A Passover Presentation

    A Passover Presentation

    All congregants are welcome for a wonderful presentation by our own Rabbi Deborah Miller discussing Passover Around the World, on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Cholent: The Shabbat Stew

    Cholent: The Shabbat Stew

    Join us, following Saturday morning services, on March 28th, for a variety of traditional Sabbath cholents. Our shul will be filled with the aroma of these slow-cooked stews that will make your mouth water from the second you enter the building. It's the perfect comfort food for a cool winter day!
  • The Wrap Rap

    The Wrap Rap

    On Sunday morning, February 2nd, congregrations worldwide came together for the mitzvah of wrapping tefillin.... but no other congregation has a World Wide Wrap Rap! See it performed by Rabbi Silverman and Hazzan Walvick by clicking on the Read More button. Read More
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    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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The special foods of Rosh Hashanah

There are 10 special foods that we associate with Rosh Hashanah, and it is a customary to set them all out on the table for the holiday. We say a special prayer for each of them, using their Hebrew names as a kind of pun that ties into the themes of the holiday. Rabbi David Golinkin tells us that there is controversy as to whether they are simply looked at, held or eaten. This is because in the Aramaic language, the word for “hold” and “look at” are very close. I suppose that once they are held, many concluded that one does what one should do with food, which is to taste it.

Tangentially, this actually mirrors the debate in using the fringes at our recitation of the Shema. Some claim that we should merely look at them as we recite the third paragraph; some claim that we should be holding them as we look at them; and some claim that we should be kissing them as we mention the words “tsitsit” or fringes. But let’s get back to our main topic—the various Rosh Hashanah foods and what they symbolize.

There are actually 10 special foods, reminding us of the 10 days of repentance. The first two, and foremost, are the honey and apples. Honey reminds us that we hope for a sweeter year than we had the year before. Apples remind us, some say (since Rosh Hashanah is a reminder of the birth of the world in the very beginning of creation), of the very first fruit with which we sinned. Taking apples with honey in hand symbolizes making a claim to heaven that we will use God’s bounty only for mitzvah and not for transgression. Over these items we say, “May it be your will, our God, that we have a year that is sweet and good.”

The third food is typically a piece of gefilte fish, or, if you are really ambitious, the head of the fish. I remember, as a young rabbi, utilizing a fish head with little children at a Rosh Hashanah service in which we said blessings over these symbolic foods. That was a mistake! The children were frightened. Well, you learn from your mistakes. Therefore, a small piece of gefilte fish does the trick and we can intone, “May we be for a head and not a tail,” meaning, “May we be leaders who are in charge in the next year.” There is a custom to have yet another fish on the table with which we remember that God’s eye of providence is one that neither sleeps nor slumbers, and this is true of fish as well, which apparently never shut their eyes.

The fifth item on the platter should be leeks, which in Aramaic are called “kra.” The same word is used to form the word “karet.” Variations celebrate God, who is koreth Brith, symbolizing the making of a covenant with us or to hope that we should avoid being “cut off.”

The sixth item is dates. A date, in Hebrew, is the word “tamar.” With dates in hand we recite, “May it be your will, Lord God, that all our suffering be finished. (Itamu tzaareinu)

Black beans or “rubia” are held in hand and we say, “May we be as numerous as the stars of the sky”–yirbu zaareinu ke cochavei Elyon”.

A gourd, or “keri,” is another food held in hand as we say, “May Hashem hear our prayers when we cry out to him (beyom Koreinu).”

Pomengranates or “rimonim” also have a place at the table. We intone, “May our mitzvoth be as numerous as the rimon.” Not too long ago there was an article in the Jewish week of a woman who had made a practice of counting the seeds of many rimonim, and then averaging the number. Strikingly it was close to 600.

Last, but not least, we include the “selek” or beet. With the beet, we intone, ”Our God and God of our ancestors, make evil be banished from us” (sheyistalek meitanu Kol rah).

I encourage you all to include in your holiday shopping at least some of these items, perhaps not all of them. But if you can find them all why not!? You would be surprised how they help to set the tone for this important holiday of the new year!

May all of us have no suffering, may evil be banished from us, may your year be sweet and your mitzvahs many. May Beth and I take this moment to wish all of you a Shana Tova Oome Tooka, a sweet, joyful and healthy new year.

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

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Oh, the Places You'll Go at Purim

It's Adar, and it's time to laugh. As our sages say, “Mishenichnas Adar marbim besimcha – When Adar comes in, one must 'get happy.'" I therefore very much like being in Adar, even more so than many other times and places...

In fact, I have been many places, but I have never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go there alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my family, friends and those with whom I have worked.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump and I am not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go and I try not to visit there too often.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm. 

Sometimes I visit in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense. It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart. At my age, I need all of the stimuli I can get. Now if only I can just avoid getting in Continent.

Now truly, I don't know where I got the clever piece above, but I know this– Please come to be in cahoots with Hazzan Walvick and me on March 9th and 10th as we read the Megillah. You need not come incognito, though that is encouraged! You might be driven insane by the joyful silliness and satire as we read and grog our way through the story of Purim, but I would not necessarily jump to that conclusion. I have, however, no doubt that our Klezmer band, our children reading from the Megillah, and our story in voices of the Ganze Megillah will keep you, if not in suspense, then in stitches to the end! So don't be inflexible. We know your are capable, and in time, you will be a regular participant.

B'simcha rabba–

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“The almond tree is blooming and the golden sun is shining,
Birds atop each roof announcing the arrival of the festival.
Tu bishvat has arrived (it's) the festival of trees.”
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Hard to be thinking about springtime and blooming trees with snow on the ground, but that’s what the Jewish calendar does: promising us the return of warmth just as we face the doldrums of winter.  It may still be gray outside, but Friday February 7th right after Shabbat services (starting at 7:30 PM) we will be having a Tu Bishevat Seder. Come try delicious sweet fruits from Israel as we explore some of the mystic connections of this holiday. Also find out how the song Atzei Zeitim Omdim, ‘Olive Trees are Standing,’ was originally Atzei Shittim Omdim, ‘Acacia Trees are Standing,’ and why this was changed. I’ll give you a hint, your parents were just as immature as you were when they were Religious School-Aged...
 
I am also pleased to announce that the ENJC Klezmer Band has continued to show promise and will be performing a short selection of songs over Purim, both at the Megillah Reading, Monday March 9th (starting at 7:30 PM) as well as at the Purim Feast on Tuesday March 10th (starting at 5:30 PM). 
 
My family and I look forward to celebrating the upcoming holidays with our entire ENJC community, and I will continue to encourage you to find ways to make the East Northport Jewish Center a home away from home. Our doors are always open to you, and we are offering new and exciting opportunities to connect with your fellow congregants here. Don’t see something that entices you on the calendar? Please contact Mary in the synagogue office, 631-368-6474, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to tell us what kinds of events and activities WOULD bring you into the building.
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Last month was very busy at the ENJC, with numerous activities for all. The turnout at all our events was outstanding, starting off with our second annual SOUPER SHABBAT!

Our Shabbat service was enjoyed by all, and was highlighted by the soups that over 85 congregants tasted while celebrating Shabbat together. A very special thank you to our chef’s – Steve Alberti, Beth Schlesinger, Ilene Glatman, Karen and Jason Tyll, Allan and Donna Berman and Hazzan Walvick. Look for their recipes in this month's Bulletin. I enjoyed all the soups I tried and my only regret was that I did not get a chance to try them all. Thank you as well to Robin Kain, the salad maker. YASHER KOACH to all that helped make it a very special Shabbat.

On Sunday morning, February 2nd, it was time for East Northport’s participation in the World Wide Wrap. The Daled and Hay students made their presence felt with a large turnout. Steve Krantz and the Men’s Club provided hot sliced bagels. Over 40 people got up early on Super Bowl Sunday to attend!

The following Shabbat was another busy weekend! Our Friday night Service was followed by 35 congregants enjoying our annual Tu B’Shevat Seder. It is one of my favorite nights of the year, as my 23-year-old daughter Amanda joins me in participating in the Seder. She was happy to attend and both Rabbi Silverman and Hazzan Walvick made it enjoyable and memorable.

The Engage Program is involving many ENJC members in the many activities offered. Mah Jongg Sundays have started up, and on February 23rd we were treated to some insights from Yossie Mermelstein about the War on Entebbe. Yossie was a pilot with the Israeli Air Force at that time and when he spoke, we all felt that we were there too.

February is ending with our participation in Shabbat Across America, highlighted by a Mexican Dinner. I’m sure it will be MUY BUENO!

Purim is next – SEE YOU IN SHUL!

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Week of Monday, February 24

Monday-Thursday, 2/24 – 2/27
Weekly minyan service – 8:15 pm

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Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 29
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Sunday, March 1
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