Welcome to Our Synagogue

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Welcome to Temple Sinai, your Reform Jewish home in Newport News VA, established in 1955, and active for over 63 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:   e-mail or Phone: 757-596-8352
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Announcements, Events, and Opportunities

1.  Announcements and Events  and Opportunities.   (3)   Shabbat Services through Nov; further items:    (4,5,6,7 )  Adult Education through Nov, Rabbi’s message for Nov, and Chanukah dinner;  and opportunities for involvement including PORT in December (9) 

2   Welcome to our newest members, the Schorr family!

3.   Summary of Shabbat Services.  


Friday, Nov 9, 7:30 pm
Shabbat  service  
Oneg Shabbat follows
Childcare as needed:  contact Office (596-8352)

Saturday, Nov 17, 10 am instead of Friday
Shabbat morning service  
Oneg Shabbat follows:  Sandwich Lunch

Saturday, Nov 24, 10 am instead of Friday
Shabbat morning and Thanksgiving service  
Oneg Shabbat follows 


5.  Adult Education:  Temple Sinai will offer “Aleph Isn’t Enough”, the continuation of last year’s “Aleph Isn’t Tough”, on selected Thursdays at 1 pm, continuing Nov 8, 15, 29 and ending Jun 6, 2019.  The full planned schedule is at the Adult Education tab of the menu.
6.  See Rabbi Sokol’s message here with an appreciation of Cantor Dr Tasat’s musical concert on Oct 20 and suggestions on how you can go to the web and help with hunger or other causes of your choice.
7.    Save the date:  Chanukah dinner on December 7, 6:30 pm.  See flyer  for all details.  $15 adult, $7.50 children (free under age 6).   RSVP by Nov 30.
8.   Temple Sinai is on Facebook.  Click here for access.
9.   Opportunities to get involved at Temple Sinai:

— Volunteers needed to help PRT serve the homeless Dec 25 (evening) and Dec 26 (morning).  Contact Larry Linn.

–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.   We will be calling for volunteer readers at High Holy Day services.

–Jewish Food Festival at UJC.  May 29, 2019 next year.  It’s not too early to volunteer; contact Rabbi Sokol.

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