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, events, and opportunities at items 1-10 (Detailed Passover Seder flyer follows).   Photos from past events are at Item 11.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring Events .   

1.  Adult education Hebrew class  Thursdays,  1 pm, continues April 5, 19, 26
2.    Here is Rabbi Severine Sokol in the House Chamber on March 6th, during the 2018 Session of the General Assembly, giving the invocation to the House of Delegates. What a memorable visit to the Capitol!  
Here's how to access, depending on "phone", desktop computer, or browser.
a)  On a phone, or on a desktop computer with Firefox, Chrome, or MIcrosoft explorer,  click on the following link:
b) Only if your desktop computer does not have the above as default browser , do the following steps to get there
(start in Safari or Edge and then go to Firefox as shown)
    2) Either open video for March 6 (Col 1) or download and then open March 6 (Col 2)
    3) If using Safari (iMac) or Edge (Windows 10) click on the session link, copy the address, go to Firefox (or Chrome), paste the address or enter into search bar  “Virginia House of Delegates Live Stream March 6 Granicus", and play video for March 6
c) Rabbi Sokol’s invocation occupies about 0:30 to 4:00 of video (including Pledge of Allegiance) 
  Also see below (Item 10   ) for photos of Rabbi Sokol delivering the invocation at the Virginia House of Delegates, Tuesday, March 6.  

3.  Brotherhood Breakfast, Sunday, March 25, 10 am is cancelled this month.



4.     Friday, March 30, 6:15 pm.  Passover Seder.  See flyer insert below announcements for details.   Please 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.
5.  Saturday, April 7, 9 am.  Jewish Cuisine cooking at 9 am followed by Shabbat morning service (instead of Friday) at 10 am and Community Luncheon.  Open to public and costs $12 adults and $5 children under 12.  Please call office 596-8352 to RSVP.  
6.  Friday, April 20, 7:30 pm.  Abridged  Yom Shabbat/Yom HaAtzmaut Services. Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Avi Santo of ODU: Between Judaism and Zionism: 70 years of negotiating Israeli identity through cinema. Dr. Avi Santo is director of the Institute for the Humanities at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Selling the Silver Bullet: The Lone Ranger and Transmedia Brand Licensing as well as the editor of Making Media Work: Cultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries. He is the creator of MediaCommons, a digital platform funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the MacArthur Foundation. Locally, he has spearheaded the Birth of an Answer and Mapping Lambert's Point projects, which have used innovative multimedia and digital tools to shine a light on aspects of Hampton Roads African American history and generate meaningful dialog between past and present. Among his research interests are Israeli cinema, which he has written and presented on extensively, particularly the shifting negotiation over religiosity and Zionism that Israeli filmmakers grapple with in their work.
7.  Sunday, April 22, 10 am.  Brotherhood Breakfast; Speaker TBA.
8.  Sunday, May 6, 11:30 am.  Annual Congregational Meeting with brunch. 
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9.   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.


 10.  Recent events


Rabbi Sokol delivered the invocation at the Virginia House of Delegates, Tuesday, March 6.  Links to video are at top of home page.


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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!

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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)
 Mar 18, Apr 15, 22, 29

Adult education Hebrew class, 1 pm

  Thu, 1 pm, Mar 15, Apr 5, 19, 26

Jewish cooking series monthly, 
   Sat, Apr 7, 9 am.

    generally  Sat,  9 am preceding the monthly Saturday Shabbat morning service,
   Community luncheon 11 am following Shabbat service

Sisterhood meeting , Apr 2 7 pm

Temple Board Meeting Tue, Apr 10, 7 pm  

Brotherhood  Breakfast, 
Sun, Mar 25 postponed--none in March

See Events and Shabbat Times for more details of events.



Shabbat Times

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Apr 7, 10 am   
Shabbat morning service in lieu of Friday evening  
Preceded by Jewish Cooking at 9 am 
Luncheon follows at 11 am (see Events for details and cost)
 No childcare    

Friday, April 13, 7:30 pm  
Shabbat evening service/Yom HaShoah
Oneg Shabbat follows 
Childcare available  

Friday, Apr 20, 7:30 pm  
abridged Shabbat evening service/Yom Ha'Atzmaut  
speaker:  Dr Avi Santo, ODU:   Between Judaism and Zionism:
    70 Years of Israeli Identity through Cinema
    Details on Events page  
Oneg Shabbat follows 

Friday, April 27, 7:30 pm 
Sisterhood Shabbat  evening service   
Oneg Shabbat follows 




*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare