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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Events and News


Our first featured article, below, is about administrator Mary Beth Colgan.    

Additionally, the Board of Directors recognized Mary Beth on September 13 in honor of 25 years outstanding service.  

Welcome to newest members Dianne and Michael Haley.  

Religious School began Sunday, August 28.  Contact office if interested. 

High Holy Days schedule:  see menu tabs 2 and 3 under Worship.

Board of Directors:  Mary Beth Colgan is replacing Larry Sacks as Board Secretary.  Thanks to Larry for over two years hard work and service in this position.  


Biblical Garden:   Mazel Tov!  We collected the 500 lbs of plastic wrap that will earn us a bench for the Biblical Garden.  (We'll continue our collection).

Brotherhood Breakfast, Sunday, September 25, 10 am.  Our speaker will be Ms. Shaun Brown (D), a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District of Virginia for the U.S. Congress. Ms. Brown is a graduate of Hampton High, Brown University, St. Hilda's College-Oxford, and course studies at UVA. She is a small business owner and entrepreneur in domestic and international trade operations. As an undergraduate at Brown she was the first women and African-American to be elected Student Body President of any Ivy League school. 

Sisterhood outing:  Sunday, September 25, Harbor cruise on the "Miss Hampton".  Temple Sinai members and guests are welcome.   We plan to go out to dinner afterward. See the flyer for details (price $26 adults; seniors 60+ $23.50; senior and AAA $20).  

Sunday, October 16, 12 noon.  Biblical Garden workday.  We need to clear out weeds, prune dead limbs, pick up trash and spread mulch.  Please bring rakes, shovels, plastic bags as well as small tools and gloves. Mulch will be provided.  Contact Christina Verderosa if you have questions. We can’t keep up our Garden without your help.


  On Fridays beginning October 21, we'll hold the Oneg Shabbat before services.  Congregants and visitors (especially) will have the opportunity to socialize beginning at 6:45 pm and Services will begin at 7:30 as usual.  Note that this change does not take place until October, after conclusion of High Holy Days, and Saturday Services will begin at 10 am as usual.  

Sunday, October 23, 10 am.  Brotherhood Breakfast at Temple Sinai, held jointly with Rodef Sholom Men's Club.  Prof. Quentin Kidd, Political Science Dept. at CNU, and Rodef Sholom member, will be the speaker and will provide the latest insight into the upcoming election.

Tuesday, November 1.  Rosh Chodesh at Sisterhood member's house.  See flyer for details -- RSVP by October 28.

Wednesday, November 2, 7 pm at Temple Sinai.  Jewish Book Council event:  Author Paul Goldberg speaks about his book The Yid
(flyer to follow).  Historical novel, darkly comedic, taking place in February-March 1953 against background of Stalin's plans to purge Jews from Russia.  A motley band of conspirators plots to bring Stalin down.

Wednesday, November 9, 10:30 am to 1 pm.  Pick up a Deli-style lunch at Temple Sinai Flyer and order form here; please pre-order by November 1)







High Holy Days--L'shana Tovah.  Schedule and policies are subtabs under Worship Tab on the menu.


Recurring Events

Religious School:  vacation;
Sun, Sep 25, 10 am.
Sun, Oct 16, 23, 30, 10 am.

Adult Education:
New series resumes Sun, Nov 13, 1 pm.

Brotherhood Breakfast:  season resumes Sep 25, 10 am.
  Ms Shaun Brown, candidate for 2nd Congressional district.
  See announcements for detail.  
Sisterhood meeting Mon, Oct 10, 7 pm.
Temple Board meeting Tue, Oct 18, 7 pm.
Brotherhood Breakfast Sun, Oct 23, 10 am.
 Prof Quentin Kidd, CNU Political Science Dept, will speak on the upcoming election.  Joint program with Rodef Sholom Men's Club



Shabbat Times

Fri, Sep 16, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
bridged Service (presentation by Dr. Alice Rubinstein on the Jewish Community of Rome follows) 

Fri, Sep 23, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
Shabbat and Selichot service
childcare on request*

Fri, Sep 30, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
childcare on request*
Special anniversary celebration--Irene Jacobson and Donn Turner

High Holy Day Service Times:
Rosh Hashanah Oct 2/3; Yom Kippur Oct 11/12
Details:  see Worship menu tab/High Holy Days

Sat, Oct 8, 10 am (no service Fri evening)
Shabbat Shuvah with Rabbi Sokol
no childcare available

Fri, Oct 14, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
Shabbat service
childcare on request*

Fri, Oct 21 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45)
Sukkot service
childcare on request*

Fri, Oct 28, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45)
Simchat Torah service
childcare on request*   

*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare