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 and Events (1-4) and Opportunities (5).   Photos from past events are at Item 6.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring events.   


1.  Next Hebrew class Sunday, Nov 30.
2.  Shabbat on December 1, 9, 15, 22, and 29.  Special Shabbats Saturday, December 9 at 10 am.  and December 15.  (No cooking class or luncheon on December 9, due to Chanukah dinner the following week) 
Friday, December 15, community Chanukah dinner including Shabbat service and concert.   Dinner includes  brisket, chicken, vegetable lasagna, salad, latkes and dessert.  Cost for dinner is $15 per adult, $7.50 for children ages 6 to 10 and free for children under age 6.  RSVP to Mary Beth by December 5th.   See flyer for more information.
3.  First night of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 13.  Temple Sinai will host menorah lighting at City Center Newport News.  time to follow.
4.  Sunday evening, December 24, and Monday morning, December 25.  Temple Sinai will assist PORT (contact at Temple Sinai is Larry Linn)..   

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.

--See December 24/25 entry for PORT assistance.

--Webmaster assistance:  to get involved, contact John, jamellman@verizon.net 

6.  Recent events

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)
Dec 3, 10, 17


Brotherhood Breakfast for Sun, Dec 17, 10 am (stay tuned)

Adult education Hebrew class 
  Wed, Nov 29, Dec 7

Jewish cooking series monthly, none in Dec

  Sat,  9 am preceding Shabbat service once a month


Community luncheon 11 am following Shabbat service

Sisterhood meeting Tue, Nov 7, 7 pm

Temple Board Meeting Tue, Nov 14, 7 pm

See Events and Shabbat Times for more details of events.



Shabbat Times


Oneg Shabbat follows all Friday (and Saturday) services.



Fri, Nov 24, 7:30 pm
Shabbat/Thanksgiving service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available   

Fri, Dec 1, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service.
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available  

Sat, Dec 9, 10 am  
Saturday Shabbat service in lieu of Friday    
Oneg Shabbat follows 

 Fri, Dec 15, 6 pm.
Community Chanukah dinner, with Shabbat service and concert.   
See Events page for details and cost.    

 Fri, Dec 22, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service.
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available  

Fri, Dec 29, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service.
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available  

*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare