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.   On Friday evenings, our Oneg Shabbat at 6:45 pm precedes the service, and visitors in particular are invited to let our members welcome you then.  

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 members    Mike and Eve Ware

                                                       Melissa Gregory (Friend)  


Wednesday,  April 5, 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.

Tuesday, March 28, 6 pm.  Rosh Chodesh observed at member's house, followed by potluck dinner.  Contact Leslie Borwick, 850-2394 or d1borwick@cox.net for more information.  Open to Sisterhood members and their guests.

Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 pm Gaines Theater on CNU Campus – the 2017 Endowed Sue Ann and Bill Bangel Annual Lecture “Marriage and Jewish Mysticism” by Rabbi Getzel Davis, Jewish Chaplain at Harvard University.  See flyer for more details.  

Monday, April 10,  6:15 pm.  Community Seder.   See Seder flyer for details and prices.   RSVP 596-8352 by March 24.  Members and non-members welcome.  Children's Passover activities available.   
Members interested in having a student or military guest at your home Seder (other nights) please contact Mary Beth.

Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm, at Boulevard Park (Warwick Blvd. at J. Clyde Morris).  Opening ceremony for Children's Silent Garden (sponsored by Temple Sinai).  For details  see Rabbi's Message, subTab 1 under "Rabbi" tab at top of website. 

Sunday, May 7, 11 am to 5 pm.  Jewish Food Festival at UJC.  We need volunteers:  cooking prior to event, kitchen, Temple Sinai's table.  Contact Temple office or Rabbi Sokol.  
Sunday, June 11 changed from May 21.  Annual Congregational Meeting.  



Social action opportunities:  

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

-Biblical Garden:   Please keep "light" plastic wrap coming--we need 200 lbs. in next few weeks to earn our second TREX bench.  Contact Christina Verderosa, verderosachristina@yahoo.com

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














Website is current as of March 27.  See e-mail blast or call Mary Beth at 596-8352 to check on any changes. 

Recurring Events

Religious School:
 Sun,   Apr 9, 16, 23, 30 (none remainder of March)

Adult Education:
 Sun, 1 pm  (Intro to Hebrew class) Apr 9, 16, 23, 30
 Wed, 11 am Jewish Cooking Series begins Mar 29 
    Apr 5, 12, 26, continues through Jun 7 (selected Weds)

Sisterhood meeting Mon, Apr 3, 7 pm.
Temple Board Meeting Tue, Apr 4, 7 pm
Brotherhood Breakfast, Sun, Apr 23, 10 am, speaker TBA


Shabbat Times

Fri, Mar 31, 7:30 pm   Shabbat in Song
led by Rabbi Sokol
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat)
childcare on request*

Sat, Apr 8, 10 am led by Rabbi Sokol 
Saturday morning service in place of Friday evening service
(Oneg Shabbat follows)  

Mon, Apr 10, 6:15 pm Community Seder
See home page, Events and Activities for flyer and RSVP info.

Fri, Apr 14, 730 pm led by Rabbi Sokol
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat)
childcare on request*

 Fri, Apr 21, 7:30 pm Sisterhood Shabbat
( Oneg Shabbat follows)
childcare on request*

Fri, Apr 28, 7:30 pm Shabbat and Yom Hashoah
led by Rabbi Sokol

(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat)
childcare on request*   

Fri, May 5, 7:30 pm Shabbat and Yom HaAtzmaaut
led by Rabbi Sokol

(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat)
childcare on request*  

Sat, May 13, 10:00 am Service led by Religious School
instead of Friday evening service
(Oneg Shabbat follows)
no childcare



*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare