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Temple Sinai is located at 11620 Warwick Boulevard just south of Riverside Hospital in Newport News. For over 60 years, Temple Sinai has served as the Reform synagogue on the
Virginia Peninsula.

Contact Temple Sinai here or at 596-8352
view map for directions

Announcements: [TS calendar at bottom]

Congregational: News

  • Welcome to new members Lynn Harmonay and Gholam Farrokhpour and returning members Jill and Mike Keech.
  • Recruit a new member. Temple Sinai recently awarded its second $100 dues credit to Helaine Shinske for recruiting new members Sandra and Louis Teichman (previously welcomed). Details of this offer on request.If all Temple Sinai members could earn the $100 credit for recruiting a member, we could double our membership.
  • Mazel Tov! Temple Sinai finished FY 2014 (just ended Aug 31) with a large surplus. Thanks to our membership for stepping up with increased dues pledges, to President Paul Brindza for leadership, and especially to Treasurer Larry Chenkin for dedicated and expert oversight to ensure we achieved this goal.
  • Temple Sinai's Jewish Book Council programs for 2014-2015. The first program will feature columnist Richard Cohen, author of forthcoming book Israel: Is It Good for the Jews, on Thu, Nov 13.
  • Complete program for JBC, see new web page.
  • Sun, Oct. 19. Come help clean up the Biblical Garden. Contact Christina Verderosa with any questions.
  • Care and concern. Need volunteers to prepare meals for member family. Please contact office for details.
  • Temple Sinai Facebook page

Congregational:High Holy Day and Shabbat services

  • Details of Shabbat Services for September are shown on the Services page.
  • Our preliminary schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is also shown there,
    Nonmembers are welcome at High Holy Days; see ticket policy for nonmembers.
  • If you would like to participate in future Services (Shabbat or High Holy Days) with the candle introduction, Kiddush introduction, or Torah honors or would like to usher, please contact Mary Beth to sign up.
  • Flyer for the Selichot service (prayers and songs of forgiveness and repentance), held before the coming Rosh Hashanah, at Temple Beth El, Williamsburg, Sat, Sep 20, 9 pm. This is a service for the entire Peninsula Jewish community that is hosted by area congregations in succeeding years.
  • Tashlich service following morning Rosh Hashanah service, walk to Lake Maury nearby.
    See description.
  • Cemetery services Sun, Sep 28. Rabbi Sokol, Peninsula Memorial Park, 1 pm. Rabbi Dror, Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, Rosenbaum Park (see location), 11 am.
  • Yizkor Books. Please fill out attached form by Fri, Sep 19 to remember your loved ones.
  • Oneg Rosh Hashanah sponsored by Sisterhood and asking for your contributed fruit, cheese, or baked goods. Please see note on Sisterhood page for details.
  • Our other volunteer opportunities are listed on the Volunteer tab
  • Rabbi Sokol is interviewed in the Daily Press.
  • Rabbi Sokol's Rosh Hashanah message.
  • Temple Sinai cordially invites unaffiliated Jews and interfaith families. Information about membership and free religious school for members.


  • Sisterhood birthday/anniversary card flyer.
  • Sisterhood meeting, Mon, Oct. 6th, 7 pm.
  • Sisterhood Ladies' Day Out, Afternoon Tea at Daffodil Village, Gloucester, Sun, Sep 21, 2 pm (RSVP by Sep 12). See flyer.
  • Rosh Chodesh celebration at Michele Linn's, Sun, Oct 26, 6 pm.
  • Flyer for Brotherhood fall flower sale. Place orders for pansies by Oct 7.
  • Brotherhood Breakfasts Sun, Sep 28, 10 am. Jacob Polderman will speak on "Livable Lowlands", an overview of the problems the Netherlands has encountered with storms and flooding of their area below sea level. more info


Our leadership:
Rabbi: Séverine Sokol
President: Paul Brindza
Vice-President Operations: Pat Finneran
Executive V.P. (Pulpit): Frank Scott
Administrator: Mary Beth Colgan

We are located at 11620 Warwick Blvd in Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Temple Sinai Calendar

Jewish Holidays for 2014 (5774-5775); source: URJ

Monthly Bulletins can be found at bottom of the Membership Page

Union of Reform Judaism



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