• 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!
  • Holiday Book Fair

    Holiday Book Fair

    All ENJC members, friends and family are invited to shop our Sisterhood Book Fair during Religious School hours (and during the Men's Club Dinner cocktail hour too!), Tuesday, November 13, Wednesday, November 14, Thursday, November 15 and Monday, November 18. Take care of your holiday shopping from our large selection of books for children and adults.
  • Men's Club Paid-Up Membership Dinner

    Men's Club Paid-Up Membership Dinner

    Join us for the annual Men's Club Paid-Up Membership Dinner, honoring Werner Hess and Arnie Carter
  • Holiday Gift Shop Sale

    Holiday Gift Shop Sale

    Come browse a variety of items from our Sisterhood Gift Shop, Monday through Thursday, November 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th during Religious School hours. You'll find a large selection of jewelry, Chanukah items, toys and more!
  • Rabbi Silverman's Adult Education Course

    Rabbi Silverman's Adult Education Course

    Derekh eretz is the code of behavior that binds us to each other as human beings and as Jews. It means acting decorously and with respect toward all. Students explore the development of morality as a key component to holiness and how it becomes a fundamental value in Judaism in the contexts of governing, wisdom, emotional balance, sexual and gender matters, public debate and more. Classes meet Thursday evenings, from 7:15 until minyan. Classes: 11/29, 12/13, 12/20, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20.
  • Chanukah Story Hour for Kids

    Chanukah Story Hour for Kids

    Join ENJC's young families at Barnes & Noble, Huntington Square Shopping Center, 4000 E. Jericho Tpk. on Sunday, December 2, from 10:30-11:30 am. There'll be Chanukah stories, crafts and fun galore. It's free and open to the community. Please contact Fran at 631-368-6474, x214 for information.
  • Congregational Chanukah Shabbat Dinner

    Congregational Chanukah Shabbat Dinner

    Join the ENJC congregation for a delicious Shabbat Dinner before our Chanukah Shabbat service. Let's celebrate the miracle of Chanukah together, with dreidels, songs and more! Friday night, December 7 at 6:15pm. $14 per adult / $6 per child 3-12 years old
  • Sisterhood's Chanukah Gift Swap

    Sisterhood's Chanukah Gift Swap

    The Sisterhood Chanukah Gift Swap is a tradition that all women of the ENJC enjoy! Bring a $20 wrapped gift, and an unwrapped children's gift to donate for the holidays. The program is open to all ENJC ladies- bring your friends!
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As we sit in our sukkoth, reminding us that we aspire for God to spread over us a Sukkah of Peace, we turn our thoughts and reflections to the State of Israel. I thought this sermon recently given would be food for thought.

The portion, Ki Tavo speaks of pillars to be plastered and carved when crossing the Jordan. We were told to make twelve pillars with the words of the Torah carved in Hebrew. Some understand that these are to be left, and a new set of stones carved on Mt. Grizim in Samaria. Others, that these same pillars be erected on Mt. Grizim, but plastered anew, and this time more clearly carved. About this our midrash says ketov al ha avanim baer Hetev. It means write it on the stones in seventy languages for all of the world to get the message of Torah.

One wonders why they needed to do the task twice. Why write it only in Hebrew the first time, and only after, in the land on the mountains in Samaria, should they then be written in seventy languages? Why not do the opposite? Let them see the Torah in languages they understand outside of Israel! Why do both at all? Our sages answer that Israel must first carve out its own distinct identity before it can give to the world. It would be nice to be “all one” as some Eastern religions strive to accomplish. But Judaism is not this way. Rabbi David Zemmel, in his book, The Soul is the Story, puts it this way: Humanity is the whole body. But the whole body cannot function with all the organs being "as one." A liver needs to be a liver and a spleen a spleen. Individuated, each organ contributes to the beautiful functioning of the whole. If every religious culture was a liver, humanity at large would be in big trouble. As Y.L. Peretz put it, in the time of the Messiah we will all bring our individual brand of wheat to the Universal Silo. Until that time, each people must cultivate their own brand. Diversity is the name of the game. Viva la difference is the order of the day.

So it was important that the entire Torah be written out first in Hebrew and absorbed as the inheritance of one people–the mission of one religious entity. Only then can that religious Peoplehood have the strength to convey it to world at large. As I read much of the criticism of the new Basic Law (Nation-State Law) which the Israeli Knesset approved last month, I get the idea that many would wish Israel to be for every culture and every language. I believe, however, that this is asking more of the State of Israel than is either possible or ideal. If Ruven Rivlin, the President of Israel, calls some of its language problematic for minorities in Israel–that some terminology may emotionally disenfranchise them–then clearly some changes are warranted. But not its basic premise. It bothers me that so many Jewish organizations have given this impression.

Its basic premise is that The State of Israel is the one and only Nation State of the Jewish People. It was declared so from the get-go, both by the Zionist Congress in 1897 who birthed Zionism and the British who bequeath a far larger territory in Lord Balfour’s time, 20 years later, as a place for a “Jewish Homeland.” As such, Israel and Jewish Israelis have a right to declare that it is a State, wherein self-determination is to be realized by the Jewish People. Israel and the Jewish Israelis therein have a right to declare Hebrew the national language and those of Jewish origin to have the right of return. That, after all, is the point of a Jewish State. Furthermore, this always implicit understanding about Israel’s raison d’etre was necessarily explicit by calls to make it a bi-national state and to dissolve the Jewish majority through Palestinian immigration. It is made necessary by those who claim Jews are not indigenous to the land of Israel but rather, Palestinians are, Which is, historically, patently false. It was made necessary by BDS, designed to dismantle Israel as a Jewish State. And it is made necessary by the adamant refusal of Palestinian leadership to establish a state and coexist side-by-side with Israel.

Certainly all of Israel’s citizens–Jew, Arab or Druze–should have equal rights before the law. Certainly the state should provide security, employment and educational opportunities to its minorities, especially those that serve in the Israeli Army. But many democracies have a national religion–England, Belgium, Holland and France, for instance–and three of the four have one national language. And it is hypocritical for Arab nations to call such a basic law racist or supremacist. Every single Arab nation declares itself an Islamic State where Sharia law is part of its judicial fabric. Every single Arab Nation has Arabic prominently featured as its national language. And every single Arabic nation (numbering 24 of the 56 Muslim Nations) has either a small, persecuted Jewish community or none at all, having expelled them before or after the birth of the State of Israel, telling them to pack up and "go home."

Israel, ensconced in its Hebraic and Judaic character, however, is and will be, only the beginning. Israel wishes to send out an articulated expression of the Jewish State in seventy languages. Israel not only wants to send its Torah to the diaspora as a whole through Jewish education, but also to send its technology, its intelligence, its first response teams, its agronomic advancement, and water and solar strategies. Israel wishes to make its imprint in 70 languages. But only with its Hebraic and Judaic identity intact can it do so most effectively. So says our Torah today: first comes the Torah fully articulated as a Jewish reality, then comes its translation to the world.

May there come a time when Israel can share all to the world at large, even "former" enemies, and to that let us say Amen.

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  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President
  • To the baby named at the Tree of Life Ceremony October 27, 2018

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Sometimes all it takes is to write a letter

Much of the time, you don’t get a response, but every once in a while your efforts can have a profound impact that will galvanize further letter writing. I was disturbed when I read about anti-Semitic actions taking place on the campus of The University of Missouri. My sister, Sheree, sent me the article, Over 80 Fliers Promoting University of Missouri Event With Israeli Journalist Systematically Torn Down, from The Algemeiner (see link below). I immediately took it upon myself to write the University of Missouri President, Choi Mun, and let him know that even to those of us in Long Island NY, these acts of anti-Semitic vandalism matter. They affect the self-regard of the pro-Israel Jewish students trying to disseminate the vantage point of Israel in the crosshairs of the hateful acts of terrorists at their border. You can read the article from The Algemeiner  HERE.

 So I wrote to the President of the University of Missouri:

Dear Dr. Mun,

I was disturbed to hear of the vandalism of 80 flyers advertising a speaker from Israel at the Jewish fraternity at UMizz. Has the administration investigated who is behind it and condemned it as an effort to stifle free speech in your campus? I am certain the pro-Israel Jewish students feel unsupported and vilified. The speaker was providing illuminating information about the suffering of Israeli civilians on their southern border, enduring incoming missiles and incendiary balloon arson attacks, information often downplayed by many media outlets. These attacks have led to massive ecological and wildlife damage. There is no doubt the objective is both to hide the truth and intimidate pro-Israeli viewpoints that present a fuller picture of the reality in the ground. It would be gravely disappointing if administrators were passive in the face of efforts to undermine legitimate presentations seeking to flesh out the truth in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So often what passes as fact is simply pro-Palestinian propaganda that echoes the same unsubstantiated tropes about Israeli "oppression." Please advise as to what your administration’s position in this vandalism has been. 

Well, the very next morning I received a letter from President Choi Mun. It read as follows:

Dear Rabbi Silverman,

As leaders of a university that values free speech and dialogue, we are very disappointed to learn of the vandalism. Our Chancellor, Alex Cartwright, has been direct and forceful in his stance against any intimidation and any action that hinders free expression. I will work with the senior leaders at MU to learn more about this issue and to address it.
Thank you
Mun

Shortly after this, I believe the next day, I received an email from Chancellor Cartwright, who wrote me the following:

Dear Rabbi Silverman:

As President Choi has stated, we are committed to free speech and we are extremely disappointed to hear about vandalism. Vice-Chancellor Ward and his team are investigating this and President Choi and I will follow up on those efforts.

Sincerely,
Alex Cartwright

Then, I received another letter from a man named Gary Ward. It was cryptic and read as follows:

If you send a number I will call you tomorrow with a status. Look forward to visiting with you!

I was not sure what that meant at all and was concerned that it was from the "other side" of this issue. What is a "status?" What is he saying about visiting me? So I wrote the following:

Not sure what you are talking about. I wrote a letter because flyers were torn up on your campus for an Israel talk. I live in Long Island NY. Please clarify what you mean!
Ian Silverman

So he responded:

Dear Rabbi Silverman,

I apologize, I should have provided you with more information. 
My name is Gary Ward and I am the Vice-Chancellor of Operations for the University of Missouri. I was copied on President Choi’s and Chancellor Cartwright’s email to you. If you would like, I can provide you with an update on the status of our investigations. I can be reached at [his cell number]. If I don’t answer please leave me a message and I will call you back later.
Gary

So I picked up my phone and called the number, and he informed me that two individuals have been detained– one, a student and one, not a student, who are being investigated with regard to violations of Title IX infractions pertaining to their acts of vandalism. Free speech is one thing, he told me, but paraphrasing, he said, administrators are not handcuffed when it comes to acts of this nature involving harassment, intimidation and vandalism, and it is supremely important to not let matters of this nature get out of hand by ineffectually addressing them.

I thanked him for their responsiveness to this matter and told him that I thought his university should be a model in their handling of intimidation of pro-Israel programs and for the pro-Israel Jewish student and faculty populations who wish to promote balanced views regarding the Middle East.

So if you think writing a letter is waste of time think again my friend!

 

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Thanksgiving, just a few weeks away, has always been my favorite holiday of the year, so what better time to share with you what we are thankful for. I, personally, am thankful for both of my children having graduated from college, and no longer having any tuition bills!

ENJC is thankful that you, our congregants, were generous with your donations for this year’s Yom Kippur appeal. As promised during my High Holiday speech, this month we will be sealing the rest of the roof with the silicon product that we used successfully on the ballroom roof.

We are thankful for our recent additions to the ENJC team. The hallways are buzzing with excitement about what is happening in our Religious School. Some parents have said that their children have learned more in one month than they did in two or three years. Thank you to Fran Pearlman, our new Religious School Director. In October, our first three students, who studied under the direction of our new Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor, Lisa Maron, became Bar and Bat Mitzvah. All of the parents have been singing her praises and the performance of her first three students support those accolades. Benjamin Fuchs, Madeline Stubing and Nathaniel Tyll were awesome on their special day. Mazel Tov to all of the proud parents and families.

I am thankful for the wonderful hard work and support from both the Executive and Congregation Boards. The team devotes long hours to ENJC and each board member attends numerous meetings so that our synagogue can address the questions and concerns of our congregants.

October provided Sisterhood the opportunity to say thank you to their Woman of the Year, Linda Pollack. It was a great night, enjoyed by all that attended. In November, the Men’s Club will be giving their thanks to two well-deserving men, Arnie Carter and Werner Hess. Thank you to Linda, Arnie and Werner for all that you have done over the years to make ENJC a better place.

On October 21st, we held a memorial service for Cantor Nussbaum. It was very well attended and a moving tribute to a special man. All that had known him were thankful for the time that they spent with him. It was terrific to see so many congregants, both past and present, come out for the memorial. Thank you to over 250 of you for attending–Yasher Koach.

I am very excited to announce that ENJC won a 2018 Federal Non-Profit Security Grant. This money will be used toward making ENJC a safe place in today’s turbulent world. I will be updating the congregation as we start some of these projects. This grant provides us three years to complete our security projects. Congratulations and thank you to the committee that helped secure the grant for ENJC.

 I hope that all of the ENJC families have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Dedicated to the baby who was to be named at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA on Shabbat morning, October 27, 2018
by Zev

Little boy, what’s your name – do you have one?
Sweet baby, just eight days, what should we call you?
I have heard the sacred circumcision postponed for jaundiced yellow,
but never before for bloodshed red.

Is your name Shalom? We long for peace in this troubled world. I hope you are Shalom.
Is your name Nachum? Oh, how we need to be comforted in our grief. I hope you are Nachum.
Is your name Raphael? Our broken hearts and bleeding souls need healing. I hope you are Raphael.

You should have been carried high into the congregation on Shabbat morning – past from loving hands to loving hands – on a cushioned pillow to receive your Jewish name.
Instead your elders fell and were carried out on stretchers in plastic bags. Their names on tags.

Is your name Moshe? Our unbearable anguish and rage demands justice. I hope you are Moshe.
Is your name Ariel? We need the ferocious strength of lions to protect our people. I hope you are Ariel.
Is your name Barak? We need courageous warriors to vanquish our enemies. I hope you are Barak.

The blood on Shabbat morning was supposed to be covenantal not sacrilegious, sacramental not sacrificial, sacred not unholy. The tears were supposed to be of
boundless joy not bottomless sorrow.
The cries were supposed to be “mazel tov” not the mourner’s kaddish.

Is your name Simcha? We need an end to sadness by bringing joy into our world. I hope you are Simcha.
Is your name Yaron? We need an end to mourning by bringing song into our lives. I hope you are Yaron.
Is your name Matan? We need the gift of children who will bring a better tomorrow. I hope you are Matan.

So little boy, what’s your name? Take them all if you will. Take a thousand names. Be Peace and Comfort and Healing. Be Justice and Strength and Courage. Be Joy and Song and a Gift to the world.
Be every good name and every good thing.

And, Sweet baby, take one more name if you will – because I hope you will be blessed with a long, blissful, beautiful and meaningful life…
I hope you are Chaim.

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Services

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Week of Monday, November 12

Mon-Thurs, 11/12-11/15
Weekday Minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, November 16
Evening Shabbat Service – 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 17
Shabbat Morning Service – 9:15 am
Hay Shabbat

Sunday, November 18
Morning Minyan – 9:00 am
Evening Minyan – 8:15 pm

 

Read the Rabbinical Assembly statement on the Attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue HERE.

See the CHAI Fall 2018 Schedule and Register for Classes HERE!

 

 

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