Charoset from Around the World

Posted on March 20th, 2017

With Passover less than a month away, we're featuring recipes from our Passover Resource Kit. 

This one comes from Hazon, with five types of Charoset:  Moroccan, Ashkenazi, Israeli, Yemenite, and Venetian.  Try something new this year. Or try all five!

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For more great Passover ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.


Gefilte Fish: The Myth, the Challenge, and the Recipe You Can Actually Make

Posted on March 13th, 2017

With Passover less than a month away, we are featuring recipes from our Passover Resource Kit. Is it up on your website yet?


If anything betrays my Ashkenazi Jewish heritage—besides the Casper-the-friendly-ghost-like skin tone—it’s my love of fishy fish. Heaven is a bowl of creamed herring and onions. Ditto whitefish salad. But the real object of my desire for all things gilled is gefilte fish. As a kid I’d hungrily look forward to Passover, when my mom would buy jars of the lumpy beige fish loaves and doctor it up on the stove with some onions and carrots. I’d eat it any and all ways: warm, on matzoh with horseradish, or cold straight out of the fridge.

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For more great Passover ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.

The Hidden Foods of Purim

Posted on March 6th, 2017
By Dena for Chai & Home

The holiday of Purim is associated with costumes, drinking, and giving charity but did you know that eating foods stuffed with hidden ingredients is also a time-honored Purim tradition? Stuffed foods lend themselves to remembering two important facets of the story of Esther, concealment and beating something up. Okay, so concealment you know…Esther concealed her Jewish identity until the most opportune time to save the Jewish people. To celebrate her cleverness we eat a variety of foods that conceal a hidden inside. But, beating something up? Yes, this is a tradition of Eastern European Jewry to serve meat and other ingredients that have been chopped, beaten and otherwise pulverized. The process of mincing or beating reminds us of either two things (depending on who you talk to): the annihilation the Jews narrowly escaped in the Purim Story (or conversely the pounding they eventually gave their enemies) or the noisemaking we make when we hear Haman’s name.

Here the most well-known foods of Purim you can chop, beat and stuff:

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For more great Purim ideas, check out our Purim Resource Kit.

Cold Weather Comfort Food Meals

Posted on February 27th, 2017

Hearty and comforting recipes to help get you through those chilly winter nights. 

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The Secret to Perfect Falafel

Posted on February 20th, 2017
By Carolynn Carreño From

My friend Nancy Silverton went to Israel last year and came home with a rough, scribbled- down secret “recipe” for how to make what she promised were falafel so crispy, crunchy, and flavorful that they turned her, a falafel skeptic, into a believer. The first time I looked at it, I thought there was something wrong or missing from the recipe. If I’d been locked in a room until I could figure out what falafel was made of, I would have died an old woman before I would have guessed that those light and crunchy balls of savory, goodness were made from ground, uncooked chickpeas. Yes, the chickpeas are soaked, but they’re still hard as rocks, and it’s still amazing. Sparkling mineral water is supposedly the key to making these as crispy as they, in fact, turned out to be. The chickpeas must soak overnight, so plan ahead because this here is the one place in life where you can’t substitute canned chickpeas.

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Service Times

Normal Service Times - (Except Holidays & Shivas)

Daily Morning Minyan
Monday and Thursday, 6:45am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7am
Sunday, 9am

Daily Evening Minyan
Sunday to Thursday, 8pm

Shabbat Services
Friday, 7pm
Saturday, 9:15am

Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah 
Weekly at Sundown
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Save the Date!!

Calendar Updated

Please check our calendar for all our events. 
Early Childhood Center, Religious School & Youth Group & J-Team dates have been posted.

J Team Winter/Spring Schedule 2017

See all the activities scheduled!!

DHJC Collegiate Outreach

DHJC would love to keep in touch with your college student while they are away at school. Sisterhood would like to include your college student in our Collegiate Outreach Program. As a member of DHJC, your undergraduate college student(s) are entitled to receive various mailings and good wishes, all geared to the Jewish lifestyle and calendar.

Please fill out the form and email to Sharon Nachman or bring to Ellen in the office.


Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 49 years as a beacon of dynamic Judaism in Dix Hills. We are a traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to the reality that all Jews are full partners in the beauty of Jewish life and that all Jews are given an equal role in all rituals. The Dix Hills Jewish Center is an engaging, vibrant congregation. We are excited about the growth in our synagogue, and the wonderful growth of the Jewish community of Dix Hills, Commack and the neighboring communities. We are a community committed to learning, to supporting each other, and to being a warm and welcoming place for all who participate. Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

Service & Minyan times located at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in attending any of our programs please check the Calendar in Upcoming Events. Children's programming is also available.

In Case Of........


For joyous occassions in your life, please share your naches with the Rabbi. Inform the Rabbi about births, engagements, weddings and other noteworthy moments in the life of your family. The Rabbi will arrange for baby namings, provide information regarding a mohel ( for infant boys), coordinate a pidyon ha-ben (the redemption ceremony for firstborn males), schedule an aufruf (to celebrate a forthcoming marriage), weddings and bring the richness of Jewish traditions and mitzvoth into your simcha(email rabbi or call 631-499-6644).


In case of illness and/or hospitalization, please notify the Rabbi at 631-499-6644 (24/6 - on Shabbat, see below for further emergency instructions)


Even before making funeral arrangements notify Rabbi Buechler at the synagogue office at 631-499-6644 (after office hours press #3 for the emergency numbers). Rabbi Buechler will assist and guide you in making the appropriate arrangements for the funeral. In the event that you cannot reach the Rabbi, contact the Jewish funeral home and begin to make your arrangements. PLEASE, if Rabbi Buechler is going to officiate at the funeral, do not finalize the funeral time until the Rabbi has contacted you. At most this will be a few hours. In the event that Rabbi Buechler is on vacation, Cantor Hevenstone is available and other local Conservative Rabbis are on call. Their names can be obtained by calling the synagogue office, an officer of the synagogue or the Ritual Chairman. It is also appropriate to contact Rabbi Buechler whenever tragedy or trauma occurs. On Shabbat and Yomtov the Rabbi does not use the telephone. Therefore, you can convey information to him on these days at the synagogue during scheduled service times, by calling him immediately after Shabbat or Yomtov or by going to his residence.

Social Action Committee

Bikur Cholim & Home Visits

Do you have a relative or friend in our congregation who would benefit from a personal home visit? We are here for you! Members of our DHJC Social Action Committee - Tender Loving Congregants -- will happily come to visit and chat. BIKUR CHOLIM -- we visit our friends and relatives in Gurwin. Become a volunteer. Learn how.

High School students -- learn how to be a volunteer at Gurwin! There are many ways to volunteer.

Please contact us [email protected]


An Aliyah for YOU

Whether you are 20 or 120, or anything in between, we would like to honor you on the anniversary of your bar or bat mitzvah. Please send the date of your bar/bat mitzvah or the name of your parsha to Lee Grebstein [email protected]

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