• 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 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
  • 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 9, 16, 23, March 1 and March 8 at 1:oo pm. Please contact the synagogue office so that we have the right number of supplies, at 631-368-6474 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. It's FREE!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 for Mexican dinner! Adults are $9, couples are $18 and families are $25. Children under 4 are free. Contact the synagogue office to RSVP by February 21.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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Leadership

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

 

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There are four Rosh Hashanahs, four New Years’, in the Jewish Calendar. The first of Nisan is the Rosh Hashanah for Kings and holidays. The first of Elul is the Rosh Hashanah for tithing animals, ‘though Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Shimon said, “the first of Tishrai is the Rosh Hashanah for tithing animals. The first of Tishrai as we know it is the Rosh Hashanah for years, commemorated by the blowing of the shofar. Shemita, Yovel, for planting and for vegetables. But the Rosh Hashanah we now call attention to is, according to Beit Shammai, the first of Shvat, the Rosh Hashanah for trees.

Much is written about trees in our literature. The Torah starts with a story of two trees, one of knowledge and one of life. Once the tree of knowledge was tasted, humankind forfeited eternity. One could exist as the image of God in one of two ways, and we chose knowledge and free will over God's immortal aspect. The Torah itself, however, has become the vehicle through which we grasp an eternalness, as we call it an “etz hayim; a tree of life for those who cling to it,” and that God “implanted this eternalness” into us by us allowing our souls to imbibe Torah insight, values and law. And like a tree, our Torah knowledge builds rings with study each Shabbat year, layering our understanding and insight with greater maturity and familiarity.

The mystics tell us that the essential being or nature of God, with all of its sfirot (emanations, in Kabbalah) resembles an upside-down tree, with the roots in heaven and the branches moving through God’s seven heavenly attributes, and continuing to branch widely across the mundane plane, touching all humankind.

Jewish thought also considers that we are like a tree. Our tradition turns a question in the Torah, “HaAdam Etz Hasadeh hu” (is a tree like a man?) into a positive statement “A man is indeed like a tree.” How? A man or woman must be grounded, rooted in a faith and tradition so as not to be easily toppled. A man or woman must aspire upward toward the light. A man or woman must branch out in life and acquire both depth and breadth. A person should bear fruit both in their productivity and hopefully by “building a house in Israel.” A person's goods deeds are like foliage and their Torah study like the fragrance of flowers. A person must grow not only in strength and bulk but must also find the resilience of a tree, which bends in the storm.

The celebration of Tu B’shvat has gone beyond trees to a concern for Israel, as well as the ecology of our planet. I warmly invite all congregants, young and old, to partake of the seven species of fruit from Israel and enjoy some pita with our four seder cups. Come celebrate trees, the land of Israel, and learn of our traditional mandate to take responsibility for our planet's health. Our Tu B’shvat Seder this year will take place on Friday night, following our 7:30 pm service February 7. Until then, I leave you with a lovely poem by Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser–

The Tree Knows
Naked and lonely
Bereaved of her children,
The brood of green foliage,
The tree stands in the winter cold
Shaking in the wind.

She bears witness to her faith
That the world will green again.
The storm bends her,
But she remains rooted
In the spot
Where God or man
Stationed her.

She knows through the wisdom
imbibed in her flesh
That storms recede,
That spring returns,
That her hard limbs
Will grow soft again,
At the touch of the warmer sun,
And the crown of new foliage
Will mark the renewal
Of her life. 

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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.”
                                                   — HaShkadiyah Poraḥat
 
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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Happy New Year!

Wow, I can't believe that 2019 is over. Time flies when you are busy. I feel like it was last night that I sat down to work on my Yom Kippur appeal to welcome in the Jewish New Year. Now I am discussing the past and future at calendar year end.

It has been a very interesting year at ENJC. 2019 began the Hazzan Walvick era at ENJC. Hazzan has brought with him tremendous energy, both in the sanctuary and in the building. It is a great feeling when you see that Hazzan and his family care about making ENJC better than the rest.

Please come down and join us for Shabbat services and/or games. Shabbat games have become a popular activity for our membership and we will feature them often. Don't forget we have Souper Shabbat coming on February 1. It would be nice to have good turnout. Who can say no to hot soup on a cold February day?

This past fall we rolled out our ENGAGE programming, led by Sue Kazzaz. The activities have been numerous and diversified, i.e. book clubs, canasta, Mah Jongg, movie night, baking, genealogy or socializing. Some have been well attended, but we are always looking for more to participate.

My New Year's wish would be to have more congregants attend and support our daily minyan. In 2019 our turnout for events was wonderful and I would like to see it grow more in 2020.

Amanda, Danny, Meryl and I wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year, from our family to yours!

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Week of Monday, February 17

Monday-Thursday, 2/17 – 2/20
Weekly minyan service – 8:15 pm

Friday, February 21
Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 22
Shabbat Service – 9:15 amd
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Sunday, February 23
Morning Minyan– 9:00 am
Evening Minyan – 8:15 pm

 

 

  

 

    

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The East Northport Jewish Center
328 Elwood Road
East Northport, NY, 11731  

Phone: 631-368-6474
Fax: 631-266-2910
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