Temple Sinai Newport News Virginia

Welcome to Temple Sinai, your Reform Jewish home in Newport News VA, established in 1955 and active for over 60 years.  We are an inclusive congregation and welcome Jews by heritage, Jews by choice, secular Jews, interfaith, couples, singles, children, straight, gay, LGBT+ members,  those returning to their Jewish roots, people just wishing to learn about Judaism, and all visitors.  We strive to be a warm and welcoming congregation.  Rabbi Sokol holds Shabbat services on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, or monthly on a Saturday morning at 10 am.  The Oneg Shabbat follows the service and enables members and visitors to socialize.

Temple Sinai is located at 11620 Warwick Boulevard just south of Riverside Hospital, near Gatewood Rd., in Newport News.  

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone: 757-596-8352
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Announcements and Events

Welcome to newest member    Daniel Akers  


See Rabbi Sokol's wonderful article that appeared in the Daily Press on Sunday (May 14) for Mother's Day  (click here to view it). 

Wednesday, May 24, 10:30 am to 1 pm.  "Taste of New York" with Deli Style Corned Beef Lunch $10.  Pick up at Temple Sinai; order by May 21.   Click here for order form and for flyer with details.

Wednesday,  May 31, 11 am.  "Jewish Cooking" is the theme of the continuing "Jewish Way" adult education class with Rabbi Sokol.    Selected Wednesdays through June 7:   See schedule for dates and special recipe to be taught each week.  Please RSVP by previous Friday (April 2, etc.) 596-8352.  Small fee for ingredients.  (photos:  see "Adult Education" subtab under "Religious Education")

Correction for Friday, June 2, 16, and 23.  (See also Shabbat Times).  An Oneg Shabbat will precede these services.  From June 30 forward ,the Oneg Shabbat will follow the Shabbat service on Friday evening.


Sunday, June 4, noon.  Sisterhood outing:  lunch at Regino's Italian Restaurant followed by a tour of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.  Open to all Temple members and their guests.  Car pooling will be available.  Please contact Leslie Borwick.


Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am, changed from May 21.  Annual Congregational Meeting and brunch.  No charge.


Friday, June 30, 8:15 pm following abridged Shabbat service.  Special program.  Come hear Ben Sidran in "Listen to the Pulse of the Nation's Heart" as he surveys the music scene with Jews, music, and the American Dream.  Sidran is a legendary Grammy nominated producer, recording artist, and author who has performed with Diana Ross, the Rolling Stones, and other greats.  Flyer here.  Invite your friends.  This program is made possible by a generous grant from the UJCVP Endowment. 




Social action opportunities:  

-Caring Committee ongoing opportunities to help our members for appointments or Shiva (see Social Action tab under Activities).  

-Pulpit Committee:  additional members needed to line up volunteers for honors at Services.













Recurring Events

Religious School:
 Sundays  10 am.  School year resumes in the fall.

 Sun, 1 pm  (Intro to Hebrew class) May 21, 28, Jun 4, 25 (ends)
 Wed, 11 am Jewish Cooking Series began Mar 29 
    May 31, ends Jun 7


Brotherhood Breakfast, Sun, May 21, 10 am.
     Paul Brindza speaks on Nuclear Power.
Sisterhood meeting Mon, Jun 12, 7 pm
Temple Board Meeting Tue, Jun 13, 7 pm

Shabbat Times

 Fri, May 26, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat)
childcare available*

Fri, Jun 2, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service for Shavuot
( 6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat) 
childcare available*

Sat, Jun 10, 10 am
(morning service in lieu of Fri evening service)
Oneg Shabbat follows

Fri, Jun 16, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat)  
childcare available*

Fri, Jun 23, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service 
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat) 
childcare available*

Fri, Jun 30, 7:30 pm 
abridged Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat with special guest Ben Sidran presenting,
Grammy-nominated musician and producer 
(see Events and Announcements)
childcare available*

From July 2017 forward, as well as June 30, Oneg Shabbat follows all Friday services.






*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare