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.   On Friday evenings, our Oneg Shabbat at 6:45 pm precedes the service, and visitors in particular are invited to let our members welcome you then.  

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 and Events

Welcome to newest members Bruce and Alice Timins.

See Rabbi Sokol's Hanukkah message in Daily Press

Beginner's Hebrew Class with Rabbi Sokol.  Selected Sundays between November 13, 2016 and April 30, 2017. 

Saturday,  January 28.  Join us for our first potluck luncheon following Shabbat morning services.  Suggested items include bagged salads, dips, chips, spreads, sliced cheese, tuna, egg, or chicken salad, veggies, or your favorite item.  For allergy and kashrut purposes, no nuts, pork, or shellfish.  Already provided  beverages, rolls,crackers, salad dressing, fruit, dessert.

Sunday, February 5, 2 pm.  Our next Jewish Book Council event features Harold Blum, author of "The Last Goodnight", the incredible story of Betty Pack, a true story of daring and espionage in World War II.  Co-sponsored by UJC.

Friday, February 17.  "The Fifth Commandment, Honoring Our Fathers and Mothers", following abridged Shabbat service.  Bring your children of all ages.  Joel Rubin, former president of Beth Sholom Home in Virginia Beach, will speak and lead discussion.  
Many of you know Joel from over 30 years as a TV journalist here in Hampton Roads.  His grandfather, Hyman Brenner, who ran a kosher bakery in downtown Newport News, became the first male resident of Beth Sholom.  He died in 1983 but in his honor, Joel and his son Danny continue volunteer at the Home, conducting religious services there.



Saturday, February 18.  Sisterhood Social Evening at member's home (open to members and their guests); starts at 5 pm and cost is $30.  Alice Rubinstein will be sharing her musical talent with us.  A fundraiser to support Sisterhood programs.  RSVP to Leslie Borwick, 850-2394 or d1borwick@cox.net.  

Sunday, February 22, 10 am.  Brotherhood Breakfast.  Larry Linn will speak on "Jews in Sports".  Sunday, May 7, 11 am to 5 pm.  Jewish Food Festival at UJC.  We need volunteers:  cooking prior to event, kitchen, Temple Sinai's table.  Contact Temple office or Rabbi Sokol.






Social action opportunities:  

-Caring Committee ongoing opportunities to help our members for appointments or Shiva (see Social Action tab under Activities).  

-Biblical Garden:   Please keep "light" plastic wrap coming--we need 310 lbs. in next few months to earn our second TREX bench.  Contact Christina Verderosa, verderosachristina@yahoo.com













Recurring Events

Religious School:  
 Sun, Jan 22; Jan 29 ("Joint Religious School Program at JCC")
 Sun, Feb 5, 12, 26  10 am

Adult Education:
 Sun, Jan 22, 29 1 pm (Intro to Hebrew class), Feb 12, 26; continues through Apr 2017

Temple Board Meeting Tue, Jan 17, 7 pm

Brotherhood Breakfast Sun, Jan 22, 10 am
 Larry Linn:  Jews in Sports

Sisterhood meeting Mon, Feb 13, 7 pm.
Temple Board Meeting Tue, Feb 14, 7 pm
Brotherhood Breakfast, Sun, Feb 22, 10 am, speaker TBA


Brotherhood Breakfast Sun, Jan 22, 10 am  


Shabbat Times

Fri, Jan 20, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat) 
Shabbat Sheli program for children

Sat, Jan 28, 10 am led by Rabbi Sokol
Saturday morning service in lieu of Friday
Followed by Potluck luncheon

Fri, Feb 3, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat) 

childcare on request*

Sat, Feb 11, 10 am led by Rabbi Sokol
Saturday morning service in lieu of Friday
Tu B'Shevat seder

Fri, Feb 17, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol 
abrdiged service
(Oneg Shabbat follows:  discussion program--bring chldren of all ages--
"The Fifth Commandment:  Honoring Our Fathers and Mothers"
with Joel Rubin, for Beth Sholom Home.)

childcare on request*  

Fri, Feb 24, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol 
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat) 

childcare on request* 

Sat, Mar 4, 10 am led by Rabbi Sokol
Saturday morning service in lieu of Friday
(Oneg Shabbat follows)  

Fri, Mar 10, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol 
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat) 

childcare on request*  

Fri, Mar 17, 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Sokol 
(Oneg Shabbat follows) 

childcare on request* 

*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare