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.

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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Events and News


Our first featured article, below, is about administrator Mary Beth Colgan.    

Welcome to Cantor Sara Pscheidt and D Jay Freedman, new members.

Sunday, August 14.  Check for Rabbi Sokol's article in the Daily Press "Good Life" section.
  We'll provide link later.

Religious School begins Sunday, August 28.  Contact office if interested.

High Holy Days schedule:  see menu tabs 2 and 3 under Worship.  (Members, please answer the upcoming call from the Pulpit committee to participate in High Holy Day Services)

Board of Directors:  Mary Beth Colgan is replacing Larry Sacks as Board Secretary.  Thanks to Larry for over two years hard work and service in this position.

Biblical Garden:   Mazel Tov!  We collected the 500 lbs of plastic wrap that will earn us a bench for the Biblical Garden.  (We'll continue our collection).

Sunday, September 11, 7 pm at JCC.  First Jewish Book Council event of the season:  author Robert Gillette speaks on his book Escape to Virginia.  Presentation will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 401 City Center Blvd., Newport News.  See attached article from the Fairfield Citizen (CT), about Gillette's earlier book that details department store owner William Thalheimer's efforts to bring students from Germany to a farm in Virginia.  This book tells the earlier part of the story.  

Volunteers needed for High Holy Day honors.  Please answer the call from the Pulpit Committee.  

Organizational meeting for Chanukah chorus is Tuesday, September 13 at 6:15.  Please contact Cantor Pscheidt if interested, 757-234-0049.  

Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm.  Presentation:  Jewish Community of Rome.  Come learn about the Jewish Community of Rome from antiquity to the 21st century, Fri, Sep 16, following abridged Shabbat Services.  The Jewish community of Rome dates back to the 2nd Century BCE and still flourishes today.

Join Dr. Alice Rubinstein for a presentation of Jewish Rome, focusing on the Jewish residents of the ancient city and on the Jewish ghetto of Rome, where Jews were confined from 1555-1870 and which is still the heart of modern Jewish Rome.  Dr. Rubinstein has a Ph.D. in Classical Literature from Princeton University and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Sisterhood outing:  Sunday, September 25, Harbor cruise on the "Miss Hampton".  Temple Sinai members and guests are welcome.   We plan to go out to dinner afterward. See the flyer for details (price $26 adults; seniors 60+ $23.50; senior and AAA $20).   

Coming in Fall 2017:  On Fridays beginning October 21, we'll hold the Oneg Shabbat before services.  Congregants and visitors will have the opportunity to visit beginning at 6:45 pm and Services will begin at 7:30 as usual.  Note that this change does not take place until October, after conclusion of High Holy Days, and Saturday Services will begin at 10 am as usual.







Recurring Events

Religious School:  vacation;
resumes Aug 28, 10 am.
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, 10 am.

Adult Education:
The Jewish Way ended Jul 5.
New series resumes Nov 13.

Sisterhood meeting Mon, Sep 12, 7 pm.
Temple Board meeting Tue, Sep 13, 7 pm.
Brotherhood Breakfast:  season resumes Sep 25, 10 am.


Shabbat Times

Fri, Aug 12, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol
childcare available (*call office to request)  

Fri, Aug 19, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol
childcare on request*

Fri, Aug 26, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol
childcare on request*

Fri, Sep 2, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
no childcare

Sat, Sep 10, 10 am (no Service Fri evening)
Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Chenkin

Fri, Sep 16, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
abridged Service (presentation by Dr. Alice Rubinstein on the Jewish Community of Rome follows)

Fri, Sep 23, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
childcare on request*

Sat, Sep 24, evening, time TBD, Selichot Service

Fri, Sep 30, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
childcare on request*
Special anniversary celebration--Irene Jacobson and Donn Turner

*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare