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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

Hurricane alert:  Cancelling Shabbat services Sep 14 and Religious School Sep 16.

Announcements and Events (1-7) and Opportunities (9).   Item 2:  Shabbat Services and Selichot Services; Item 3:  High Holy Day Services;  Items 4-9:  Sisterhood Events, Chagall exhibition, Adult Education, and Religious School starting Sep 9.  This is a busy month so please read thoroughly!

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1.  See Rabbi Sokol’s article about Rosh Hashanah in the Daily Press here  
2.   Summary of Shabbat Services.  

Friday, Sep 14,  7:30 pm

Saturday, Sep 22,  10 am, in lieu of Friday
Shabbat morning Service
Oneg Shabbat follows  

 Friday, Sep 28,  7:30 pm
Shabbat evening/ Sukkot Service
Oneg Shabbat follows  
Childcare as needed:  contact Office (596-8352) 

3.  High Holy Day Services (See also High Holy Days tab under 
Worship, which includes additional info about our Tashlich

Rosh Hashanah:

Sun, Sep 9, 7:30 pm.  Rosh Hashanah Evening Service.  (Childcare available);
Mon, Sep 10, 10 am.  Morning Service.  
       Tashlich ceremony follows immediately after at the Lions Bridge (Mariners Museum property).  If possible, contact Rabbi Sokol by Aug 29 for carpool.  Driving directions and background of the Ceremony at High Holy Days tab under Worship.

Yom Kippur:

Tue, Sep 18, 7:30 pm.  Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidre).  (Childcare

Wed, Sep 19, 10 am.  Morning Service (Childcare); 2 pm Afternoon Service (Childcare);  3:45 Yizkor Service (Childcare); 4:45 Ne’ilah with Break-the-Fast to follow.


5.   Thu, Sep 27, 1 pm.  Special tour of Chagall exhibit at Peninsula Fine Arts Center for Temple Sinai members.  RSVP to Rabbi Sokol by Sep 14.  The exhibit continues through Sep 30.  It is sponsored by Rabbi Sokol and also features views of the bridges of Paris by photographer Gary Zuercher.  Read more here:  

Dear Congregants, 
Many years ago I led a group from the United States on a whirlwind tour of France. We visited some of the most sumptuous sights the country had to offer. 
I personally oversaw and tailored each aspect of this educational mission so that we could truly immerse ourselves in the history and culture. Each moment was designed to be unique and memorable.
En route to an important date for a special ceremony with government officials, I had us pause for a breather and an overnight sojourn in the Côte Vermeille.  
We rested in Collioure, a quaint town that a besotted writer claimed in the pages of the New York Times sparkled like a pale ruby pinned against the blue fabric of the Mediterranean sea and sky.”
I remember savoring the regional delicacies for breakfast at our charming cliffside hotel overlooking the beach, basking in the gentle light that had inspired many a painter, including the legendary Marc Chagall, for whom France was a great source of inspiration. 
Chagall wrote: “I love France…For me, Paris has been a living school, with its air, its light, its atmosphere, and it is in France that I have been reborn.” I believe my country returned that love as Chagall was “the first artist in France for whom a museum was built” in their lifetime. As much as he adored and was inspired by a Israel, France was his muse to his final days.  In fact the Musée Marc Chagall, nestled in Nice on the French Riviera houses the largest collection of Chagall’s artwork in the world. You can find there many of his biblically inspired works. 
Never did I imagine that for a few special months we would be fortunate enough to have in our own backyard, here in Newport News, an opportunity to see a few selected Chagall masterpieces. 
This special exhibition on Marc Chagall is at the Peninsula Fine Art Center until September 30. Its accompanying exhibit of 35 luminous pictures of the elegant bridges of Paris by photographer Gary Zuercher is also a must.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to see these marvels, I am inviting you to join your Temple Sinai family on a guided tour with PFAC’s chief curator that I am  sponsoring. 
The tour is an amazing local opportunity to familiarize yourself with France and French Jewish culture and it will, in a way, be an “apéritif”, a wonderful foretaste, as I am set to reveal soon the exclusive details for a new journey to France I plan to lead that is open to all our family and friends at Temple Sinai as well as the community at large. 

L’Shanah Tovah!
Rabbi Severine Sokol 

6.   Sun, Sep 30.  Sisterhood trip to Richmond for lunch (Strawberry Street Cafe) and for tour ($5) of historic Reform synagogue Beth Ahabah and its museum.  See flyer for details; RSVP to Leslie Borwick, d1borwick@cox.net.

7.    Religious School begins Sun, Sep 9, 1:30 pm at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and continues Sep 16, 23, 30, and Oct 7, 14, 21 at this time and location.  Stay tuned for further dates and times (to be posted under “Religious Ed.” tab)

8.  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,beginning Oct 18 and ending Jun 6, 2019.  The full planned schedule is at the Adult Education tab of the menu.
9.   Temple Sinai is on Facebook.  Click here for access.
10.     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.   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.

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