• 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!
  • ENJC's Hay Graduation and Religious School Awards Night

    ENJC's Hay Graduation and Religious School Awards Night

    Honor our graduating Hay class and outstanding students at an outdoor ceremony on FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 7th in the rear parking lot. Please remember to wear a mask.
  • A Virtual Selichot Program

    A Virtual Selichot Program

    Participate in a Zoom evening with sessions of text study, music and liturgy, which begins immediately after Shabbat, preceding and following a poignant ENJC Selichot service from our sanctuary. Usher in themes of prayer and repentance for the High Holidays on SATURDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 12.
  • High Holiday Fundraising

    High Holiday Fundraising

    Navigate to our Fundraising page to download forms and place orders for various High Holiday offerings.
  • 2020-2021/ 5781 Adult Education

    2020-2021/ 5781 Adult Education

    This year's Adult Education offers various themes on Jewish perspectives at this difficult time of pandemic. All adults are welcomed for these lively discussions and interactive study.We will meet from 7:00 pm - minyan on Thursdays throughout the year. READ MORE to see the 13 sessions that will be offered. Read More
  • ENJC's Response to COVID-19

    ENJC's Response to COVID-19

    The health and safety of all members of our ENJC family is our highest priority. Read messages from the ENJC Board of Directors and our clergy by clicking on the READ MORE button. Read More
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Trying to get to a place of feeling enslaved in Egypt so as to feel a fuller freedom

Please remember to fill out your chametz form and get it to the Rabbi by April 7th. We will not able to sell your chametz beyond that point and we will not be receiving the forms the next morning as the firstborn siyyum will happen virtually.

 On Pesach, we are obligated to tell the story of the holiday; the exodus, the going out of Egypt. We are so bound by this obligation that even if we are wise and scholars, afilu Hahamim afilu nevonim, etc., we cannot desist from reliving the exodus of the past because for those who “elaborate on the telling of the exodus on Pesach it is praiseworthy." We read, in the Haggadah, of the scholars in Bnai Brak who told of the going out of Egypt until the sun came up. There is even the idea that we should tell the story, not only day and night, but in this world and in the world to come on Pesach, and even in Yemot Meshiah, in Messianic times…think about that a second! In the time when all will be free, all will be left alone to study in security under the shade of their own fig tree–even then, when Pesach comes around, we should recall Egypt and the time of slavery!

Why the obsession with telling the story? Don’t we know the story that we came out fertig; we were happy and joyous as we wandered in the desert? Isn't it just as the joke says, "they tried to enslave us, to kill us, we won, let's eat." Isn’t that enough? And why the obligation only on this holiday? And why isn’t it required to tell the story of the receiving of the Torah on Shavuot (we study Torah all night, but not of the specific event of receiving the Torah). Why isn’t it required on Sukkot to retell and relive how, early in the desert wanderings, we were surrounded by the clouds of providence? Why must this be on Pesach and why the elaboration through the night?

One answer is that while the liberation happened at the moment of midnight, when the firstborn were struck and the Pharaoh realized he had to let the Jews go free, it wasn’t until daybreak that the Israelites started their departure. The moment of freedom is thus extended for these hours through the night. Many years ago, I was a prison chaplain. The prisoners reflected on this– they could relate. The parole board may stamp your card “released,” but until you hear the metal doors close behind you, you don't believe it.

We have to see ourselves as though we too came out of Egypt, and so we speak about it together at the Seder table. Pesach can also mean a “moving mouth.” There are still millions of people, many of them children, in the world that are actually slaves. There is trafficking of people even in the US. We also well know that there are plagues galore in the world. The plague of pollution, of climate change, of dwindling diversity, the plague of income inequality, the plague of discrimination and unequal pay for even the same tasks. And of course, today we are all in the midst of a plague unfolding, not certain if we or a loved one or friend or acquaintance will be a victim.

Perhaps that is the whole point of clearing the home of chametz–the cleaning, the schlepping, the intense preparation. And perhaps that is the purpose of holding off the Pesach meal to really thinking about our past and our present enslavements, whatever they might be. We too were/are enslaved, and we too can be unfettered by the embrace of God and by the affirmation of Torah and Mitzvah. We are a free people but yet still enslaved in so many ways, emotionally and intra-psychically, to false notions, and to exaggerated self-assessments. And maybe, just maybe, we are enslaved by an exaggerated notion of radical freedom, which simply enslaves us to the next fad and the next. May we understand, therefore, that we must never stop thinking about our enslavements personally and as a society, and never stop trying to be open about them, and never shirking to combat them. Because not only are we obligated to feel as if we too came out of Egypt, we are also never free from admitting that freedom is an aspiration never quite achieved.

Beth and I wish all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, a meaningful and healthy Pesach, and in its smaller scale way, a joyous one.

Chag kasher ve sameach


  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Steven Walvick, Hazzan
  • Rick Kessler, ENJC President

Rabbi Silverman has authored an article in Zeramim: An Online Journal of Applied Jewish Thought, vol. IV:issue 3–Spring-Summer 2020/5780. You can read it HERE.

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Please help keep the minyan and Shabbat services strong.  Be aware that Zoom continues unabated for now, for our weekday evening minyan, and for Sunday morning and evening. We have a fast day (Tammuz 17) on the horizon coming up soon on Thurs. July 9th, and a full fast day, Tisha B’Av, which starts before sundown on Weds. Eve. July 29th and lasting through Thurs. July 30th at starlight. Our Tisha B’Av service times will be: Evening service on Wednesday, July 29th at 8:15 pm and 9:00 am on Thursday, July 30th.

A reprise, with some adjustments, for our COVID-19 era. (With apologies to Gershwin and Heyward):

Summer time and the living is easy
Fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high
But that don’t mean-- you shouldn’t daven
So push yourselves baby—please come by!

Summer time and the living is easy
Makin a minyan is sometimes one shy
So that means, you can Zoom in to rescue,
So push yourselves landsmen– don’t make us cry

Summer time, and the living is easy
Golfs a schwitz, and your score is a scream
Why run, on the hot tennis court pavement?
So daven here baby, on Friday night’s stream.

Shabbat mornings, are for those with resistance
Our shul is open, now, to those who will try
Follow rules, of mask at a distance--
And make a nice minyan– for your rabbi.

Summer time, being lonely ain’t easy!
Here rabbi reads Torah; the Hazzan he croons.
The service is casual, so come as you pleasy
If you prefer, join with Zoom.

We really miss you, as we go into summer
We miss our kehilah, we cannot lie,
not seeing your faces, it’s really  a bummer--
so add to our numbers, the limit’s the sky.   

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With Pesah coming up, it's never too early to start thinking about seders. So I've been asked to offer up my chicken soup recipe, but the truth is that I can't give it to you–and not because it's top secret–but rather, I don't exactly use a recipe. Sure the ingredients are mostly the same: water, chicken, vegetables, spices, etc. But the truth is it varies: sometimes I use chicken thighs, sometimes I use gizzards. In fact, sometimes I've even used turkey necks for my "chicken" soup. I always try to use celery, carrots, onion and dill, but often I try to add parsley or parsnips, occasionally a turnip. This time, on Mary's suggestion, I added thyme, a lovely addition. But there are still some key tips and tricks I can give you to improve your chicken soup, no matter which recipe you use:

1. Don't cook the soup the same day you serve it. Soup is ALWAYS better a day later, when the ingredients have had an opportunity to mix and mingle. Waiting a day or even two can make all the difference between a good soup and a GREAT soup.

2. Brown the chicken before putting it in the soup. Sure, if you're in a rush, you can toss the chicken in a pot of water, but by browning the chicken in the pot before adding the water, you add an immense amount of aroma and browning flavors that will intensify your soup and bring it to the next level.

3. Sauté the vegetables as well, while you're at it. While not quite as impactful as cooking the chicken, you can make the vegetable flavors stand out more. Often I will do the chicken first, then remove the chicken and cook some of the vegetables in the chicken fat, and then add back in the chicken and the vegetables.

4. Skim the soup to eliminate extra fat, etc. Especially when using chicken wings, you often have to deal with feathers, and those things don't dissolve in the soup but float to the top, so you can skim that off along with any extra fat.

5. Know your audience. Some people prefer clear soups, and so you might want to wrap ingredients in cheesecloth, while others don't mind "stuff" in their soup. Some actually prefer it! Some people like throwing in thin egg noodles, or making kneidels/matzoh balls. But if you want to know about how to make those, you'll have to ask Libby, the Kneidel Maidel herself. She even as a song about it!

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I am honored and excited to begin my first term as ENJC’s President for 2020-2021. Thank you very much for the confidence you have placed in me, and in your new Board of Directors. Rest assured that we will work tirelessly toward having an excellent and healthy year as we face the challenges of COVID-19 together.

On behalf of the entire congregation and ENJC family, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Immediate Past President, Frank Brecher. As you know, this was Frank’s second term serving as Congregation President. His tireless effort and strong leadership during these past two years, including the onset of the pandemic, were exemplary. I would like to personally thank Frank for making my past two years as his Executive Vice President both challenging and meaningful. A hearty Yasher Koach to Frank, and the entire Brecher family, who have been so graciously understanding of his commitment to us all!

I would also like to extend a warm thank you to the ENJC Reopening Committee. The Committee was formed in June, and continues its pursuit of creating and maintaining the physical configuration and procedures necessary to keep our congregants as safe as possible, as we open for Shabbos services. The committee is comprised of: Rabbi Ian Silverman, Hazzan Steven Walvick, VP of Ritual Ed Isaac, Executive VP Allen Berman, Immediate Past President Frank Brecher, VP of Building Administration Karen Tyll, Trustee Dr. Linda Mermelstein and me. I would also like to thank honorary member, Yossie Mermelstein, who along with his wife Linda, implemented the safe-distance seating configuration in the combined Sanctuary/Ballroom. On June 27th, 2020, we held our first in-person services, which went very smoothly. It was truly wonderful to be able to attend services with fellow congregants for the first time since March! We will continue the weekly Shabbat sign-up process moving forward. If we are able to get a Minyan, we will open the Sanctuary. If not, services will be conducted by Rabbi and Hazzan via Zoom with ceremonial readings of the Torah and Haftorah portions.

Finally, we have been working hard to update the High Holiday membership package to reflect the new reality of COVID-19. The package will be mailed the week of July 7th, 2020.

I ask that you please read all of the included documents carefully, as they have been modified from previous years. I would also ask that you return your completed package as early as possible in order to allow the Board the time necessary to thoroughly complete its preparations.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Summer!

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  • This Week


Week of Monday, July 27

Monday-Tuesday, 7/27-28
8:15 pm – Minyan - Zoom Service

Wednesday, 7/29
8:15 pm – Erev Tisha B'Av

Thursday, 7/30
9:00 am – Tisha B'Av
7:45 pm – Mincha-Maariv - Zoom Service

Friday, July 31
Shabbat Supplemental Video (see link below)
6:00 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat Service - Zoom

Saturday, August 1
9:30 am –Shabbat service – (sign up to attend) or watch via Zoom

Sunday, August 2
9:00 am – Minyan - Zoom Service
8:15 pm – Minyan - Zoom Service


Week of Monday, August 3

Monday-Thursday, 8/3 - 8/6
8:15 pm – Minyan - Zoom Service

Friday, August 7
Shabbat Supplemental Video (see link below)
6:00 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat Service - Zoom

Saturday, August 8
9:30 am –Shabbat service – (sign up to attend) or watch via Zoom

Sunday, August 9
9:00 am – Minyan - Zoom Service
8:15 pm – Minyan - Zoom Service


Click on the photos above to view the Shabbat Supplemental Video for 8/1/20
(Please view prior to Shabbat)



Prevent your digital device from entering sleep mode on Shabbat:
• Windows 10 PC and monitor
• Apple iPhone/iPad
• Mac Desktop/MacBook

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- For Congregants, refer to the ENJC Shana Tova emails you have received 
- For Family and Friends


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