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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Articles and events at items 1-6.   Photos from past events are at Item 7.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring Events      updates in progress.  See alert for item 2

1.  See Rabbi Sokol's latest article in the Daily Press here.  (Also a late-appearing article on holiday cuisine here.)


2.     Sunday, February 25, 10 am.  Brotherhood Breakfast.  Our originally scheduled speaker is unable to attend and will reschedule soon.  Paul Brindza, our President, will speak on his trip to Israel this past summer and his experience participating in an archaeological dig there.    postponed:  Tony Rice from NASA, special ambassador from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System program.  He will speak on "What's New on Mars or What's in the Stars for NASA's space program.  Dedicated to our congregants past and present with work ties to NASA.  Scrambled eggs, lox and bagels, juice, sweets and coffee.  $6 for Brotherhood nonmembers.  Open to the public; please RSVP to Larry Linn 868-7421 if nonmember of Brotherhood.  Click here here for flyer.
5.     Friday, March 30, 6:15 pm.  Passover Seder.  See flyer insert below for details.   RSVP by March 9.  Cost to members $25 adults, $10 children 6-12, children under 6 free; non-members $35/ $15/ free respectively; $20 students and enlisted.
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6.   Opportunities to get involved at Temple Sinai:

--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.

---Webmaster assistance:  to get involved, contact John, jamellman@verizon.net

7.  Recent events

Link to Facebook video of Chanukah concert, December 15, with Paul Reisler and congregants, Click here (may require exit from our website) 

Chanukah Concert, December 15, featuring Grammy Nominated artist Paul Reisler & Kid Pan Alley and Friends,  and congregants on stage.

Chanukah Concert December 15 with Paul Reisler







November 12, Simcha Klezmorim  Band. From left to right: Russ Robertson (trombone, vocals); Warren Weiss (drums, leader); Randy A. Ladkau (trumpet); Kathy Weiss (piano) and Dave Kreiselman (clarinet).

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November 12, Gholam Farrokhpour's Buffet: Kebobs, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Pita Chips, Israeli Salad, Olives, Crudités and More!

 buffet nov 12



Saturday, October 9.  Sukkot Community dinner (Moroccan couscous); Outdoors in our Sukkah  

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Friday, August 25.  A meaningful and heartwarming encounter with a delegation from Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, after the tragedy at Charlottesville.

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Friday, June 30.  Our program featuring producer, artist, and music scholar Ben Sidran was a great success with 100 attending.  See pictures.  Also thanks to UJCVP for supporting grant.  Flyer here.  

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Recurring Events

Religious School:
 Sundays  10 am (varies for special programs)
 Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18

Adult education Hebrew class, 1 pm
  Thu, 1 pm, Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15

Jewish cooking series monthly, 
Mar 10
    generally  Sat,  9 am preceding the monthly Saturday Shabbat morning service,
   Community luncheon 11 am following Shabbat service

Sisterhood meeting Tue, Mar 6, 7 pm

Temple Board Meeting Thu, Mar 15, 7 pm  

Brotherhood  Breakfast, 
Sun, Feb 25, 10 am, NASA speaker; Mar 25 speaker TBA
  see Announcements and Events for details and flyer

See Events and Shabbat Times for more details of events.



Shabbat Times

updated through Feb 24

Oneg Shabbat follows all Friday (and Saturday) services, unless there is a Community Luncheon or Dinner. 

Friday, Feb 24, 7:30 pm   
Shabbat evening service  
Oneg Shabbat follows
No childcare available    

Friday, Mar 2, 7:30 pm
 Shabbat evening/Purim    
Religious school students participate and read Megillah  
Oneg Shabbat follows
No childcare  

Saturday, Mar 10, 10 am  
Shabbat morning service in lieu of Friday evening  
Preceded by Jewish Cooking at 9 am
Luncheon follows at 11 am
 No childcare      

Friday, Mar 16, 7:30 pm  
Shabbat evening service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
Childcare available  

Friday, Mar 23, 7:30 pm  
Brotherhood Shabbat  service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
Childcare available  

Friday, Mar 30, 6:15 pm  
Community Passover Seder    
Details, cost, and flyer see under Events



*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare