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.

Temple Sinai is located at 11620 Warwick Boulevard just south of Riverside Hospital, near Gatewood Rd., in Newport News.  

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Events and News


New Temple Sinai website since June 24.  We thank Judie Kavit for invaluable volunteer assistance in setting it up.   The website uses the template "Daled" provided by The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and have free hosting, and the template adapts automatically to the desktop or mobile device in use.  We are now able to make changes in real time.  Send any comments to the web manager, John Mellman.  Thanks to Christina Verderosa, Facebook manager, for providing photos.   From URJ, we are one of six congregations whose site went live recently:  

Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI
Congregation Beth Am, Buffalo Grove, IL
Temple B'nai Israel, Panama City, FL
Temple Beth Elohim, Brewster, NY
Temple Sinai, Newport News, VA
Temple Beth El, Jefferson City, MO

Note that we have moved Shabbat services and recurring events (religious school and adult education dates, when in session) to the sidebar at the right.

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

Friday, July 1.  Rabbi Sokol began her third year at Temple Sinai!  

Biblical Garden:   Plastic bag collection--we are up to 163 lbs. of plastic but not even close to where we need to be to earn a bench for the Garden.  We have two more months to collect 337 lbs.  If we ask friends, neighbors, and local businesses we patronize, we may still make it. 

Sisterhood outing survey:  Harbor cruise with "Miss Hampton".   The cruise will take place either August 21 or September 25.  Temple Sinai members and guests are welcome; please let Leslie Borwick know whether you are interested and which date you prefer.   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, September 11, 7 pm at JCC.  First Jewish Book Council event of the season:  author Robert Gillette speaks on his book Escape to Virginia.  Presentation will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 401 City Center Blvd., Newport News.  See attached article from the Fairfield Citizen (CT), about Gillette's earlier book that details department store owner William Thalheimer's efforts to bring students from Germany to a farm in Virginia.  This book tells the earlier part of the story.  

Volunteers needed for High Holy Day honors.  Please answer the call from the Pulpit Committee.

Chorus for Chanukah service on Dec 30.  Please contact Cantor Pscheidt if interested, 757-234-0049.  Organizational meeting is Tuesday, September 13 at 6:15.






Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm.  Presentation:  Jewish Community of Rome.  Come learn about the Jewish Community of Rome from antiquity to the 21st century, Fri, Sep 16, following abridged Shabbat Services.  The Jewish community of Rome dates back to the 2nd Century BCE and still flourishes today.

Join Dr. Alice Rubinstein for a presentation of Jewish Rome, focusing on the Jewish residents of the ancient city and on the Jewish ghetto of Rome, where Jews were confined from 1555-1870 and which is still the heart of modern Jewish Rome.  Dr. Rubinstein has a Ph.D. in Classical Literature from Princeton University and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.  

Coming in Fall 2017:  On Fridays beginning October 21, we'll hold the Oneg Shabbat before services.  Congregants and visitors will have the opportunity to visit 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.







Recurring Events

Religious School:  vacation;
resumes Aug 28, 10 am.

Adult Education:
The Jewish Way ended Jul 5.
New series resumes Nov 13.

Sisterhood meeting Mon, Aug 8, 7 pm.
Temple Board meeting Tue, Aug 9, 7 pm.
Brotherhood Breakfast:  season resumes September.


Shabbat Times

Fri, Jul 22, 7:30 pm 
ed by C.F. Scott
o childcare available

Fri, Jul 29, 7:30 pm
Led by Irene Jacobson
no childcare available

Fri, Aug 5, 7:30 pm 
Led by Larry and Ruth Sacks 
no childcare available

Fri, Aug 12, 7:30 pm 
childcare available (call office to request) 

Fri, Aug 19, 7:30 pm 
childcare available (call office to request)

Fri, Aug 26, 7:30 pm 
childcare available (call office to request)