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 (10, 3 on September 3)


New time for Oneg Shabbat.   Oneg Shabbat will follow the Shabbat service all the time. 

1.  Late posting.  Our rabbi from 1960 to 1969, Rabbi Arnold Task, was one of nine people inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.  You can see a scan of the citation from the induction ceremony here. 

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

3.  Friday, September 1, following abridged services at 7:30 pm.  Honey and Honey Tasting presented by Colonial Beekeepers.

4.  Sunday, September 3, 10 am.  Religious school resumes.

5.   Sunday, September 3, 1 to 2 pm.  Temple Sinai’s newest musical group, Shalom Strings, will be performing.  This will be an interactive, educational program and will feature violin, viola, string bass and Jewish songs. 
Come and learn something new about string instruments and also the differences in sound between the violin, viola, cello and string bass.
At the end of the program, anyone who wishes can try to play an instrument. This event is part of Temple Sinai's Religious School program, which starts at Kindergarten age, and is open to the public and appropriate for ages 3-103+.  
Grandparents are welcome and encouraged to bring their grandchildren.   

6.    Also Sunday, September 3, 4 pm.  Sisterhood barbeque at home of Judy Kline and Gary Dohey.   For Temple Sinai members and their guests.  $15 per adult, $7 children under 12.   All proceeds to support Sisterhood.   Details on flyer here.  RSVP by August 21.

7.  High Holy Days:  Wednesday, September 20/Thursday, September 21 Rosh Hashanah services and Friday, September 29/Saturday, September 30 Yom Kippur services.  We'll be posting the detailed schedule and the policy for non-members who wish to attend, under the Worship tab.  

8.    Save the date:  Sunday, November 12, 11 am..   Endowment Fundraising Brunch to benefit NRF II (food, drink and entertainment).  


9.  Opportunities to get involved:

--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


10.  Recent events

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.  

bendsidran3                       Sokol Sidran Joseph












Recurring Events

Religious School:
 Sundays  10 am.  School year resumes Sep 3; Sep 10,17,24.

Stay tuned for new Adult Education schedules. 

Sisterhood meeting Mon, Aug 14, 7 pm
Temple Board Meeting Tue, Aug 15, 7 pm

Brotherhood Breakfasts resume Sep 24, 10 am.

Shabbat Times


Oneg Shabbat follows all Friday services.
For High Holy Day details, see tab under Worship on menu.

Sat, Aug 12, 10 am  Morning Shabbat service in lieu of Fri evening 
Oneg Shabbat follows
no childcare  

Fri, Aug 18, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available*

Fri, Aug 25 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available*   

Fri, Sep 1, 7:30 pm 
abridged Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat follows with presentation on Honey and Honey Tasting
no childcare available

Fri, Sep 8,  7:30 pm 
Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available*   

Fri, Sep 15,  7:30 pm 
Shabbat service (Selichot also) 
Community Selichot service Sep 16 see under Worship tab
Oneg Shabbat follows
 childcare available

Wed, Sep 20, 8 pm Rosh Hashanah evening service  
Thu, Sep 21, 10 am Rosh Hashanah morning service + Tashlich

Fri, Sep 22,  7:30 pm 
Shabbat Shuvah service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available*

Fri, Sep 29, 8 pm
Yom Kippur evening service
childcare available

Sat, Sep 30, 10 am Yom Kippur morning service
2 pm afternoon service
3:45 pm Yizkor service
4:45 pm Ne'ilah service followed by break-the-fast

See Worship tab (High Holy Days) for further details










*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare