• 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!
  • Join us for High Holiday Services

    Join us for High Holiday Services

    Come to the ENJC to experience the joy, solemnity, prayer and inspiration of the High Holidays. Click on the Read More button to see our schedule of High Holiday services. Read More
  • Sisterhood's Sukkah Hop

    Sisterhood's Sukkah Hop

    All women are invited for a progressive dinner with one course served in each of three sukkahs. It'll be an evening of fun, friendship and good food! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th, starting at 6:10 pm. at the ENJC. We can accept only the first 50 women who would like to attend, so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further details will be provided when you RSVP.
  • Our Annual Sukkot Chavurah Dinner

    Our Annual Sukkot Chavurah Dinner

    Celebrate Sukkot with family and friends in our beautiful sukkah, on OCTOBER 18th at 6:15pm. $9 per adult, $18 per couple, $25 per family. Free for kids under 4 and our new members. Kosher BYOB. Contact the synagogue office to RSVP. Shabbat services will follow the meal.
  • ENGAGE with ENJC Programming

    ENGAGE with ENJC Programming

    Participate in classes, discussion groups, speaking engagements and outings that add to our strong and vibrant ENJC community. There is no cost for these programs. Please register with the synagogue office to participate, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 631-368-6474. Click on "Read More" to see the October ENGAGE programming flyer. Read More
  • Celebrate the Torah!

    Celebrate the Torah!

    Religious School Families– Join the ENJC Community by singing and dancing, eating apples and chocolate bars and giving thanks for the blessings of the Torah. Required for all Religious School students. Adult Simchat Torah Service to follow at 7:30 PM
  • Introducing the ENJC Book Club

    Introducing the ENJC Book Club

    Open to any congregant, we invite you to join other readers in our community and enjoy selections based on Jewish themes or Jewish authors. Take part in thoughtful, stimulating discussions and gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the books you read. Our first book will be the award winning WALKING LIONS, by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Join the discussion on Thursday evening, OCTOBER 31st. Contact the synagogue office to RSVP and for the location, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Adult Education for 2019-2020

    Adult Education for 2019-2020

    THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION AND ITS INTERSECTION WITH JEWISH LAW AND JEWISH VALUES. Explore the influence of Judaism on various aspects of the Constitution and its amendments. Click on the READ MORE for information about dates and time. Read More
  • Men's Club and Sisterhood Paid-Up Membership Dinner

    Men's Club and Sisterhood Paid-Up Membership Dinner

    Men's Club and Sisterhood come together this year to honor our Man of the Year, Scott Keiser, and our Woman of Achievement, Lori Maldavir. Cocktails at 7:00 pm and dinner at 8:00 pm, with live entertainment, a catered dinner and open bar, and a special welcome to our new Hazzan Steven Walvick. New ENJC members attend for free. $54 to join Men's Club and $60 to join Sisterhood, with dinner included with your membership. RSVP to Men's Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to Sisterhood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Bury Your Genizah

    Bury Your Genizah

    We thank our members for their generous donations but we can no longer accept donations of books. We WILL continue to accept: HEBREW language books and papers containing the the names of God (Siddurim, Machzorim, Tanakh, and Chumash); Tefillin (with the bag); Tallit (with the bag); and scrolls from mezuzahs (without the case). Please do not include books or papers on Jewish history or culture as they do NOT need to be buried, nor do books containing the names of God in English. A special thanks to Jack Maldavir who built a beautiful genizah as his Eagle Scout project for the ENJC.
  • 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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  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Steven Walvick, Hazzan
  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President

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On One Foot, Al Regel Echad

When Hillel was asked by a convert to teach him the entire Torah al regel echad, on one foot, he said, “the essence of Torah is, ‘that which is hateful to you, don’t do to others,’ and now go and learn about the whole Torah.” One might have expected Hillel to say, “Believe and pray to the One true God,” or “Study, study, study Torah,” or a whole myriad of other things. But he chose the one mitzvah said in different words but meaning the same thing, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” meaning, be “other oriented.” Just as you value food, shelter, love, reputation, and family, so does your neighbor. Try to show respect to that which your neighbor has as well.

Of course, that is a difficult balance to strike. One cannot pay so much attention and love to ones’ neighbor that one undermines his own station or situation. For instance, a person who is generous will see another and share half with him. That person can start out quite wealthy, but in time, will end up having only a few pennies. We have to look out for number one too, after all. Hillel says it best when he says, “If I am not for myself who will be for me? And if I am just for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” The upshot: We must strike a balance between “other orientation” and “self-assertion” and we must constantly assess if we are accomplishing that balance correctly.

This same balance is at issue when our sages argue about whether Sukkoth and Shemini Atzeret are one or two festivals. On the one hand, the name of Shemini Atzeret ,“the Eighth day of Assembly,” is arguably the eighth day of Sukkot, the same holiday. On the other hand, Shemini Atzeret has its own Amidah and its own Kiddush, which mentions it by its specific name, and on that day, we need not sit in a Sukkah. This would indicate that they are two very different holidays, close together, but not the same holiday that runs for eight days.

Another basic difference is the nature of the holidays. On Sukkoth we invite people in the sukkah to celebrate, and in Temple days, offered seventy bullocks, representing the seventy nations of the world. At Shemini Atzeret we bring only one bullock and need not be gregarious with other people, but rather, find spiritual reflective moments with God privately. One holiday seems to be universalistic in nature, emphasizing the world and many nations. The other one more private and personal. In a sense, then, the dichotomy of “Universalist versus Particular” is explained with this “One Festival” (also called “regel”, and thus also “regel echad”). Judaism is this “Regel Echad,” this one holiday! As Jews we must find the right balance: looking out for number one (the welfare of the Jewish people) and at the same time reaching out to the world (working for tikkun olam; for the continual advancement of civilization as a whole). That balance is still just as hard a one to strike as it was in Hillel’s day.

This season I call your attention to opportunities to reach out beyond the pale of the parochial. Certainly continue your concern for Jewish-oriented charities, as they are important. However, we have three things we are doing this season. We are raising food again for local food pantries at Kol Nidre. Bring your non-perishable goods after Rosh Hashana and before Kol Nidre. Secondly, I hope that you will send to Project Mazon monies you would have otherwise spent on your Yom Kippur meal, had you not been fasting. With your help, millions of dollars are raised in America each Tishrai to feed the hungry and food-insecure, as a result of this project. Thirdly as constituent “Partners in Caring”–congregations partnering with the Federation and the Suffolk Y JCC–we encourage you to contribute hygiene products to send to the Bahamas. This collection will be in the Suffolk Y front lobby and ends October 3. Products such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, diapers and wipes are acceptable. Food and clothing are not. Please refer to our website (HERE) for a full list of products accepted or call the Y. What a mitzvah it is to help out the unfortunate victims of such a ferocious storm, who, in its wake, were left in such dire need. What a mitzvah to help Bahamanians, even in this small way, to manage their days until their neighborhoods are rebuilt and communities up and running.

May we always aim at finding the balance Hillel suggests for the God-fearing Jew: If I am not for myself who will be; if I am only for myself what am I? And if not now when?

Beth and I wish you and yours a Shana Tova oo metuka, a sweet year, and a Hag Sameah, a Happy Sukkoth and a joyous Tishrei.


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Shana Tova ENJC Family!

By the time these words reach you, the High Holidays will be in full swing, and we may even be into Sukkot. I hope you all have Simchat Torah on your calendars (Monday night, October 21 and Tuesday morning, October 22) as we will be having a grand celebration here, dancing the hora with the Torah! There will be singing, dancing, and some delicious treats to keep our energy up to continue with the aforementioned singing and dancing.

But let's look beyond the holidays, at some of the OTHER upcoming events and activities at ENJC. If you don't get enough music at Simchat Torah, we'll be implementing what I hope is the first of many musical opportunities at the shul. I will be organizing a Klezmer band for those instrumentalists in the congregation. Later on, we will be looking at bringing back the choir. Additionally, after Shabbat services on Saturdays, we will be implementing Shabbat Board Game Afternoons for all ages, as a way to socialize and have a little more fun with your congregational family. For those with a more studious bent, I will also be scheduling some adult education classes. We'll be starting with a class on the Arvit/Ma'ariv Evening service, where you will both learn how to lead this service, as well as some of the deeper meanings inside it. If you have ideas for other topics not currently being addressed by ENJC, please contact me with your suggestions.

May this new year of 5780 be one of health, happiness and joy for our entire community.

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Goodbye summer, hello fall! This is a very challenging article to write–I don't know if you will be reading this article before the High Holidays, during the Holidays, or after. So I would like to wish all a L'Shannah Tovah! I hope that all are enjoying or have enjoyed our first High Holidays with Hazzan Walvick and Rabbi Silverman leading the services together. It is never too early or late to be wished a Happy and Healthy New Year! October is a wild ride with all the holidays; I feel that by November 1st I will have spent more hours in the shul than at home!

I am very happy to report that our V.P. of Membership, Linda Pollack, has been extremely busy! As of the writing of this article, we have 23 new member families since last year at his time! We welcome all of you to our shul and hope that you please join us in many of our activities throughout the year and for many years after.

There are four dinners coming up in the next four months. There are two on Shabbat, and we hope you will join us for dinner, followed by a ruach-filled Shabbat service. As the saying goes, "Try it, you'll like it." We have our annual Sukkot Chavurah Dinner on Friday, October 18th. We will attempt to have dinner in the sukkah, but I believe that the chance of rain is 90% that night! Rain has never put a damper on the evening; we just move the dinner to the ballroom. The Chanukah Chavurah Dinner will be on Friday, December 13th. During November, Sisterhood and Men's Club will be having their annual dinners. The Sisterhood Dinner is on November 7th and the Men's Club Dinner is on November 14th. These dinners are wonderful evenings honoring a Woman and Man of the Year. These honors go to those women and men who have made a difference over the years. New members are invited as our guests to the Sukkot Chavurah Dinner, the Sisterhood Dinner and the Men's Club Dinner.

I hope to see many of you throughout the year, praying or having a great time at any event.

See you in shul

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Week of Monday, October 14

Monday, October 14
Sukkot with lulav and etrog
Morning Yom Tov Services – 8:45 am
Festival Maariv – 8:15 pm

Tuesday, October 15
Second Day Sukkot
Morning Yom Tov Services – 8:45 am
Chol Hamoed Sukkot Maariv Havdalah – 8:15 pm

Weds-Thurs, October 16-17
Chol Hamoed Maariv – 8:15 pm

Friday, October 18
Shabbat Chol Hamoed – 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 19
Shabbat Chol Hamoed – 9:15 am

Sunday, October 20
Hashanah Rabbah/Erev Shemini Atzeret
Morning Service (Beating of Willows) – 9:00 am
Festival Maariv Shemini Atzeret – 8:15 pm

Monday, October 21
Shemini Atzeret/Erev Simchat Torah
Morning Yom Tov Service – 9:15 am
Yizkor Service  – 10:30 am
Erev Simchat Torah Festival Maariv (with Hakafot) – 6:45 pm

Tuesday, October 22
Simchat Torah
Yom Tov Service – 9:15 am
Maariv and Havdalah – 8:15 pm 






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Saturday Shabbat Services
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Sunday Morning Minyan
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Sunday Evening Minyan
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The East Northport Jewish Center
328 Elwood Road
East Northport, NY, 11731  

Phone: 631-368-6474
Fax: 631-266-2910
Religious School Office: 631-368-0875

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