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.   Our Oneg Shabbat at 6:45 pm often precedes the evening service, and visitors in particular are invited to let our members welcome you then.   Oneg Shabbat follows the service when there's a special program, as shown under "Shabbat Times".

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

Welcome to newest member    Daniel Akers 


Sunday, April 23, 10 am.  Brotherhood Breakfast.  Speaker:  Dr. Corliss Tacosa, Prof. of Political Science at ODU.  Subject:  Russian president Vladimir Putin and of course what tweets President Trump will come up with the night before.  $6 for non-members of Brotherhood.  Guests welcome.

Sunday, April 23, 4 pm.  Yom Hashoah observance at JCC.  Speaker Stacey Z. Robinson; Holocaust Writing and Visual Arts awards.  Details in flyer.

Tuesday, April 25, 7 pm at JCC.  "Torah Today" series, presented by Rabbi Gershon Litt, Adath Jeshurun.  "Jewish Medical Ethics", opening remarks by Alan Diamonstein.  No charge; underwritten to benefit the 
community mikveh.  RSVP to mikveh@ujcvp.org.

Wednesday,  April 26, 11 am.  "Jewish Cooking" is the theme of the continuing "Jewish Way" adult education class with Rabbi Sokol.    Selected Wednesdays through June 7:   See schedule for dates and special recipe to be taught each week.  Please RSVP by previous Friday (April 2, etc.) 596-8352.  Small fee for ingredients.

Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm.  Abridged Shabbat Service followed by presentation.  Prof. Maura E. Hametz of ODU will speak on "The Risiera di San Sabba and the Legacy of the Nazis in Trieste, 1943-2017."  

Sunday, April 30, 10:30-11:30 am, workshop presented by Alzheimer's Association co-sponsored by Rodef Sholom.  See flyer.

Wednesday, May 10, "Torah Today" series,  presented by Rabbi Gershon Litt, Adath Jeshurun.  "Hot Topics in Jewish Philosophy", opening remarks by Joanne Roos.  No charge; underwritten to benefit the community mikveh.  RSVP to mikveh@ujcvp.org.


cancelled  Sunday, May 7, 11 am to 5 pm.  Jewish Food Festival at JCC cancelled.


Saturday, May 13, 10 am.  Religious School Shabbat Service (in place of Friday service) followed by potluck luncheon.  Details:  please sign up by Monday, May 7 (596-8352).  Suggested items include bagged salads, pasta salad, dips, chips, spreads, sliced cheese, tuna/egg/or chicken salad, boiled eggs, cut up veggies, pitted olives, or bring your own favorite.  For allergy and kashrut purposes no nuts, sunflower/safflower oil, coconut, pork, or shellfish.


Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am, changed from May 21.  Annual Congregational Meeting and brunch.  No charge.



Social action opportunities:  

-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.













Recurring Events

Religious School:
 Sun,   Apr  23, 30 (none remainder of March)

Adult Education:
 Sun, 1 pm  (Intro to Hebrew class) Apr  23, 30
 Wed, 11 am Jewish Cooking Series began Mar 29 
    Apr 26, continues through Jun 7 (selected Weds)


Brotherhood Breakfast, Sun, Apr 23, 10 am, speaker Corliss Tacosa on Vladimir Putin (see Events)
Sisterhood meeting Mon, May 8, 7 pm
Temple Board Meeting Tue, May 9, 7 pm 

Shabbat Times

Fri, Apr 21, 7:30 pm Sisterhood Shabbat
( Oneg Shabbat follows)
childcare on request*

Fri, Apr 28, 7:30 pm Shabbat and Yom Hashoah
abridged services led by Rabbi Sokol  
presentation by Prof Maura Hametz:  Risiera di San Sabba
Oneg Shabbat follows (details see Events and Announcements)

Fri, May 5, 7:30 pm Shabbat and Yom HaAtzmaaut
led by Rabbi Sokol
(6:45 pm Oneg Shabbat)
childcare on request*  

Sat, May 13, 10:00 am Service led by Religious School
instead of Friday evening service
potluck luncheon follows (details see Events and Announcements)
no childcare



*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare