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.   Shabbat schedule at Item 3 and Jewish Cuisine at Item 4.   Brotherhood Breakfast Item 5.  Photos from past events are at Item 10.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring Events .   

1.  Adult education Hebrew class  Thursdays,  1 pm, continues  , May 10, 17, 24
2.      See Rabbi Sokol's latest article in the Daily Press here. 
2a.   New restaurant opening May 15 (new date)--Charlotte's Café.  Service Mediterranean/American menu, run by member Gholam Farrokhpour, located 12454 Warwick Blvd near CNU.  Hours 11 to 9, closed Mon.  Hiring full-time and part-timeand also showcaseing background solo musicians.  If interested in employment or showcasing musical talent e-mail charlottescafe757@gamil.com.  Gholam has prepared delicious meals on several occasions for Temple Sinai.
3.   Summary of Shabbat Services.  
Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm.  Religious School Shabbat Service also featuring confirmation of Samuel Chenkin.
Friday, May 18, 7:30 pm.  Shabbat and Shavuot Service.
Friday, May 25, 7:30 pm.  Shabbat Service of Healing.  
Friday, June 1, 7:30 pm
  Abridged Shabbat Eve Service followed by Oneg with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) presentationInternational Children's  Day Special Advocates for Children) will make a presentation focusing on the following:   CASA's Mission: 'The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.'  Please join us and learn about this very important association.
 1)      Child abuse and neglect within our community.
 2)      The CASA program
 3)      Program and community statistics
  4)      How to become involved with the CASA program.


4.  Wednesday, May 16, 11 am.  Jewish Cuisine Class and Luncheon.   Cost: $12. Call Temple Sinai's office (596-8352) to RSVP by May 14th. Open to the public. Come learn how to make TUNISIAN POTATO, TUNA and EGG CROQUETTES (Banatages) and socialize with your Temple Sinai family over a special Wednesday Luncheon!  These delicious croquettes are so endearing. Golden and crusty on the outside and warm and comforting on the inside, they are just beautiful inside out!  Complemented by: Wine, Greek salad, feta cheese, crusty bread, fresh fruit and home-made oatmeal cookies.


5.    Sunday, May 20, 10 am.  Brotherhood Breakfast, with speaker Tony Rice from NASA.0th with our speaker Tony Rice from Raleigh NC . He is a member of the NASA speakers bureau and he will talk about the future of Space Travel and Mars.  Tony was previously scheduled to speak a few months ago but broke his foot. He promised not to do it again. Please plan to attend. Cost is $6.00 for non members. If you haven’t paid your dues please do so at this upcoming meeting.


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 needed:  to get involved, contact John, jamellman@verizon.net.


7.  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)
 May 6

Adult education Hebrew class, 1 pm 
  Thu, 1 pm, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Jewish cooking series monthly, 
   Wed, May 16, 1130 am, luncheon, usual time  Sat,  9 am preceding the monthly Saturday Shabbat morning service,

Sisterhood meeting , Tue, May 1, 7 pm
Temple Board Meeting Tue, Apr 10, 7 pm  

Brotherhood  Breakfast, 
   Sun, May 20, 10 am, speaker TBA

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. 

Saturday, May 5, 10 am
Shabbat morning service in lieu of Friday
Oneg Shabbat follows 

Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm  
Religious School Shabbat service
with Confirmation of Samuel Chenkin
Oneg Shabbat follows 

Friday, May 18, 7:30 pm  
Shabbat evening service/ Shavuot
Oneg Shabbat follows 
Childcare available  

Friday, May 25, 7:30 pm
Shabbat evening service    
Oneg Shabbat follows  
no childcare

Friday, Jun 1, 7:30 pm
Abridged Shabbat service
CASA presentation (details to follow)
Childcare as needed 



*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare