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 (1-9) and Opportunities (10).   Photos from recent events are at Item 11.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring events.   Updated AS OF Oct 17.  Call office, 596-8352 for latest if you have questions.  Next update Nov 1 (webmaster travel)

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

1.  Welcome newest members:  George and Leigh Fenigsohn


2.  See Rabbi Sokol's column on Rosh Hashanah from the Daily Press.


3.      See Rabbi Sokol's latest column (on Sukkot) for the Daily Press


4.   Wednesday, October 25, 1 pm.  First session of Hebrew class "Aleph isn't enough", continuing from last year's class "Aleph isn't tough".  Further dates see Adult Education tab or Recurring Events window.  Through June 7.

5.    Friday, October 27.  Special program on the Dead Sea by Professor Tal Ezer, following abridged Shabbat service at 7:30 pm.  Prof. Tal Ezer of ODU speaks on Yam haMelach, the Dead Sea, in honor of Parashat Lech l'cha.  .He is a Professor of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) Affiliated Faculty, Virginia Modeling Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC).  He has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Florida State University (1989), an M.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Hebrew University (1984) and a B.Sc. in Physics & Mathematics from the Hebrew University (1981).  He came to ODU in 2007, after spending almost eighteen years at Princeton University.  Since the early 1990s he has  managed and provided support to the Princeton Ocean Model (POM) users group of some 4,000 modelers from 70 countries. His research interests are: physical oceanography, numerical ocean modeling, coastal dynamics, mixing processes, physical-biological interactions, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.  Childcare as needed – call the Temple office.


6.  Sunday, November 5, 1 pm.   Peninsula Historical Society and Virginia War Museum present – John C. Burnam, Ret. Master Sergeant, US Army, Founder of US Military Working Dog Teams National Monument.  His topic will be “The Dogs of War”.  This event is in loving memory of Sue Anne and Bill Bangel.   Location:  Virginia War Museum, Warwick Blvd., Newport News.

7.  Friday, November 10, @ 7:30 p.m. - Following abridged services we will learn all about the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology with Irv Elenberg. 

Irv Elenberg is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business of University of Pennsylvania. He has served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the American Technion Society (ATS) since 2006 and has helped transform the DC office from a minor presence to a thriving region of support for the ATS. 
The ATS exists to help the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology accomplish its mission by raising $100M+ annually.
Irv Elenberg will speak about the Technion as a major source of innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and as a key to Israel's reputation as the world's "Start-Up Nation."
Technion's people, ideas, and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world in the areas of medicine, energy, computer science, water conservation, and nanotechnology. 


8.  Sunday, November 12, 11 am.   Fundraising Brunch (food, drink, and entertainment).   Featuring Simcha Klezmorim band playing traditional music of Eastern European Jews.  With a luncheon of street food of Israel prepared by Gholam Farrokhpour and our Brotherhood.   Think roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce. Falafel. Baba ganush. Hummus. Israeli salads. Grilled meat and more.   Kindly RSVP to the Temple office (596-8352 or admin@nnsinai.hrcoxmail.com) by November 1.


9.   Saturday November 18, 2017 

9 am Jewish Cooking Class 
10 am Shabbat Morning Service 11 am  Community Luncheon
A Taste of Parashat Tol'dot
When lentils, carrots & Kosher sausages come together in a beautiful Moroccan dance.  Complimented by wine, crusty bread, cheese, pasta salad, fresh fruit and ever so sweet cookies.  
The Community Lunch costs $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  Kindly contact Temple Sinai's office (596-8352 or admin@nnsinai.hrcoxmail.com) to RSVP for the class and/or luncheon and pay for the luncheon by November 10th



10.  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.

--Webmaster assistance:  to get involved, contact John, jamellman2@gmail.com


11.  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)
Oct 22, 29
Nov 5, 12, 19

Brotherhood    See Events for Sun, Nov 12.

Adult education Hebrew class Wed, Oct 25, 1 pm
  Wed, Nov 1, 8, 29

Jewish cooking series Sat, Nov 18, 9 am preceding Shabbat service.
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 services.

Fri, Oct 20,  7:30 pm 
Shabbat service
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available*

Fri, Oct 27,  7:30 pm 
abridged Shabbat service
followed by Oneg Shabbat and special presentation on the Dead Sea, by Professor Tal Ezer of ODU
(further details to follow under Events)
childcare available*   

Fri, Nov 3,  7:30 pm 
Shabbat service/ Service of Healing
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available*  

Fri, Nov 10,  7:30 pm 
abridged Shabbat service
followed by Oneg Shabbat and special presentation on the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), by Irv Elenberg
childcare available*    

Sat, Nov 18, 10 am  
Saturday Shabbat service in lieu of Friday  
Community luncheon follows at 11 am.  See "Events" for details and cost of luncheon
no childcare available
Note:  9 am Jewish cooking lesson precedes (details to follow under Events)
no childcare available  

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


*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare