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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Announcements, Events, and Opportunities (12 items.  3 on September 3, and High Holy Days are at Item 7 with more details under Worship tab.   Photos from recent events are at Item 12)

New time for Oneg Shabbat.   Oneg Shabbat will follow the Shabbat service all the time.   See below, Item 10, for opportunities to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.

 1.  Welcome newest members:  George and Leigh Fenigsohn

2.  Late posting.  Our rabbi from 1960 to 1969, Rabbi Arnold Task, was one of nine people inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.  You can see a scan of the citation from the induction ceremony here. 


3.  Sunday, September 3, 1-3 pm today.  Religious school resumes with Shalom Strings program (Item 4) first hour, class second hour. (corrected)  Usual time is 10 am.


4.   Sunday, September 3, 1 to 2 pm.  Temple Sinai’s newest musical group, Shalom Strings, will be performing.  This will be an interactive, educational program and will feature violin, viola, string bass and Jewish songs. 
Come and learn something new about string instruments and also the differences in sound between the violin, viola, cello and string bass.
At the end of the program, anyone who wishes can try to play an instrument. This event is part of Temple Sinai's Religious School program, which starts at Kindergarten age, and is open to the public and appropriate for ages 3-103+.  
Grandparents are welcome and encouraged to bring their grandchildren.   

5.    Also Sunday, September 3, 4 pm.  Sisterhood barbeque at home of Judy Kline and Gary Dohey.   For Temple Sinai members and their guests.  $15 per adult, $7 children under 12.   All proceeds to support Sisterhood.   Details on flyer here.  RSVP by August 21. 

6.     Saturday, September 9.  Jewish Cooking class at 9 am, followed by Shabbat Services at 10 am, followed by Community luncheon.  See details!

JEWISH CUISINE- Please be our special Shabbat guest and join Rabbi Sokol on Saturday mornings, at 9 am, prior to services, and start the day right with prayer and a hearty appetite for Jewish Cuisine as you share a delicious meal with your Temple Sinai family! By popular demand, Rabbi Sokol will teach more of her authentic family recipes. No prior experience necessary, all are welcome to be swept away by the aromas and flavors of Morocco and France.  The Jewish Cuisine class at 9 a. is free of charge. It is open to the public and there is no need to RSVP.  Please knock on the kitchen door at the top of the staircase, near the biblical garden, to your right facing the building from the parking lot. If you need to use the ramp please call Rabbi Sokol at (314) 628-9196.  The Community Lunch following our 10 a.m. service is open to the public and costs $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Kindly call Temple Sinai's office (596-8352) to RSVP and pay by the listed deadlines. To our vegetarian friends: You can substitute any fish/poultry dish with an alternative vegetarian  entrée upon request. Please be sure to call the office by the deadline to reserve your vegetarian entrée! Our first session is September 9, 2017 (RSVP by Friday September 1): In Anticipation of Rosh HaShanah -  POISSON A LA MAROCAINE - Flounder prepared in an enchanting vegetable, herb and spice blend complimented by crusty bread, pasta salad, fresh fruit, beverages (wine, lemonade, iced tea & coffee) and ever so sweet cookies. 

7.  High Holy Days:  Wednesday, September 20/Thursday, September 21 Rosh Hashanah services and Friday, September 29/Saturday, September 30 Yom Kippur services.  We'll be posting the detailed schedule and the policy for non-members who wish to attend, under the Worship tab.   Note change of time for evening services to 7:30 pm.

8.  Brotherhood Breakfast:  Sunday, September 24, 10 am.  Special program 


0924michelson0924nimoyTrekkies, pop culture lovers, and Yiddishkeit mavens, beam yourselves over to Temple Sinai for an exclusive area presentation by award-winning poet laureate and writer Richard Michelson on his latest fascinating profie of an American icon, his dear friend Leonard Nimoy.   Please note the Brotherhood Breakfast will start at 10 am as usual.  From 10 to 11 am we will have breakfast, a business meeting, and a 50-50 raffle.  At 11 am, Richard Michelson will speak.  Books for sale will be available for signing.  $6 fee for breakfast for nonmembers of Temple Sinai Brotherhood.  Temple Sinai and Rodef Sholom Temple religious school students will also have age-appropriate sessions with the author during school hours.  This program made possible in part by Temple Sinai, by the Seymour and Lilian Glasofer Education Fund of Rodef Sholom Temple, and by Weymouth Funeral Home.




9.    Save the date:  Sunday, November 12, 11 am..   Endowment Fundraising Brunch to benefit NRF II (food, drink and entertainment).  


10.  Opportunities to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey:  

Here are links to ways you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey:

Four Ways to Help Relief from Hurricane Harvey, from URJ  

Additional suggestions from NPR on how to help




11.  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, jamellman2@gmail.com


12.  Recent events

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 except 1-3 pm Sep 3 special program.  
 School year resumes Sep 3 1 pm; Thereafter 10 am Sep 10,17,24
 (varies for special programs).

Jewish cooking series begins Sat, Sep 9, 9 am preceding Shabbat service.

Sisterhood meeting Tue, Sep 5, 7 pm
Temple Board Meeting Tue, Sep 12, 7 pm

Brotherhood Breakfasts resume Sun, Sep 24, 10 am.
Richard Michelson presents his new book on Leonard Nimoy (see Events for details and credits)



Shabbat Times


Oneg Shabbat follows all Friday services.
For High Holy Day details, see tab under Worship on menu.

Fri, Sep 1, 7:30 pm 
abridged Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat follows with presentation on Honey and Honey Tasting
no childcare available

Sat, Sep 9, 10 am (revised)
Saturday service in lieu of Friday
Community luncheon follows.  See "Events" for details and cost of luncheon
Note:  9 am Jewish cooking lesson precedes (details to follow under Events)

Fri, Sep 15,  7:30 pm 
Shabbat service (Selichot also) 
Community Selichot service Sep 16 see under Worship tab
Oneg Shabbat follows
 childcare available

Wed, Sep 20, 7:30 pm Rosh Hashanah evening service  (Note change of time)
Thu, Sep 21, 10 am Rosh Hashanah morning service + Tashlich

Fri, Sep 22,  7:30 pm 
Shabbat Shuvah service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available*

Fri, Sep 29, 7:30 pm (Note change of time)
Yom Kippur evening service
childcare available

Sat, Sep 30, 10 am Yom Kippur morning service
2 pm afternoon service
3:45 pm Yizkor service
4:45 pm Ne'ilah service followed by break-the-fast

See Worship tab (High Holy Days) for further details










*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare