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 1-7.   Photos from past events are at Item 8.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring Events 

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

2.  Thursday, January 25, 1 pm.  Adult Hebrew Education Class “Aleph Isn’t Enough”

3.   Saturday, January 27th, 10 am.  Tu Bish’vat Seder. 

Join us for a unique celebration of the New Year for Trees!   Travel in Israel along the four seasons through special liturgy and thanksgiving for the beautiful nature the Eternal created. The Seder will include traditional Shabbat and Tu B'Shevat foods (challah dipped in a delicious oil, different kinds of fruit and red and white grape juices) bearing special symbolism.  There will be no regular services that morning:  elements of Shabbat services will be incorporated in the Seder itself.   No charge; early RSVP requested.

4.  Friday, February 2, 7:30 pm.   Shabbat Kahbaid / Honor.  In honor of the 5th Commandment, which commands us to Honor (Kahbaid) our Fathers and Mothers and which is part of Parashat Yitro, following abridged services, Marcia Futterman Brodie, Director of Marketing at Beth Sholom Village, Virginia Beach, (the only Jewish acute care nursing home in the region) since 2013, will talk to us about this important Jewish community institution.  Together with a group of dedicated members of the Jewish community, Marcia's parents helped found the home in 1980.   Shabbat Kahbaid is a community-wide initiative. Other Hampton Roads congregations, along with Temple Sinai, are participating in it. 
5.  Sunday, February 4, 2 pm at Beth Sholom Village Paul Pincus room (address to follow).  Performance of "Mommas and Poppas".  See flyers here and also here for details.
6.    Sunday, February 18, 11:30 am.  Sisterhood to Second Street restaurant for lunch followed by a tasting and tour at Alewerks Brewery at 1:30 pm.  Lunch is from full menu at own expense.  Cost of the tour is $9 per person.  RSVP to Leslie Borwick.  Details:  see flyer.
7.  Sunday, February 25, 10 am.  Brotherhood Breakfast.  NASA speaker; details to follow.

8.   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

6.  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!

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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)
 Jan 28 (joint program at JCC), Feb 25

Adult education Hebrew class, 1 pm
  Thu, 1 pm, Jan 25, Feb 1, 22

Jewish cooking series monthly, 
none in Feb
    generally  Sat,  9 am preceding the monthly Saturday Shabbat morning service,
   Community luncheon 11 am following Shabbat service

Sisterhood meeting Tue, Feb 6, 7 pm

Temple Board Meeting Tue, Feb 13, 7 pm  

Brotherhood  Breakfast, 
Jan 28 cancelled, Sun, Feb 25, 10 am, NASA speaker

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. 

Saturday, Jan 27, 10 am 
Tu B'Shevat Seder.

Friday, Feb 2, 7:30 pm
Shabbat evening service
Followed by Oneg Shabbat with speaker from Beth Sholom Village
Childcare avaiable * 

Friday, Feb 9, 7:30 pm
Shabbat Service of Healing  
Oneg Shabbat follows

Saturday, Feb 17, 10 am
Bat Mitzvah of Mazal Sokol    
Oneg Shabbat follows

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



*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare