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 1-5.   Photos from past events are at Item 6.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring Events (update in process).   


1.  See Rabbi Sokol's latest article in the Daily Press here.

2.  Thursday, January 18 and 25, 1 pm.  Adult Hebrew Education Class “Aleph Isn’t Enough”

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

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.   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!

 buffet nov 12



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 7 (cancelled--weather), 14, 28

Adult education Hebrew class, 1 pm
  Wed, 1 pm, Jan 11, 18, 25

Jewish cooking series monthly, Jan 13

  Sat,  9 am preceding the monthly Saturday Shabbat morning service,
  Community luncheon 11 am following Shabbat service

Sisterhood meeting Tue, Jan 2, 7 pm

Temple Board Meeting Tue, Jan 9, 7 pm  

Brotherhood  Breakfast, Sun, Jan 28, 10 am Topic to be announced

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.


Friday, Jan 5, 7:30 pm 


Saturday, Jan 13, 10 am
Saturday morning service in lieu of Friday evening
 Join Jewish Cuisine class at 9 am
 Community luncheon follows service about 11 am.

Friday, Jan 19, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available as needed*

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



*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare