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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 Website is in process of update .  Please note webmaster will be away from December 21 and unable to update until near January 1.

Announcements and Events (1-4) including Chanukah Concert with Paul Reisler December 15 (item 2) and City Center Menorah lightings (starting December 12) and Opportunities (5).   Photos from past events are at Item 6.   See also windows for Shabbat services and Recurring Events.   


1.  See Rabbi Sokol's article in the Daily Press; for Chanukah season,  click here.   See also the article about our recent Chanukah concert; click here.
2.      See photo of Chanukah Concert at Item 6.
3.  Chanukah menorah lightings City Center and Williamsburg December 12 to 19.  On the first night of Chanukah, December 12, at 6 p.m., the UJCVP will host their annual Community Chanukiyah Lighting & Festivities at City Center. There will be a raffle, donuts, latkes, dreidel playing and Klezmer music with the Bagels and Fraylox band. (flyer)Temple Sinai will also host at City Center Newport News, 5pm,  December 13.   Other lightings on following nights at same location hosted by area congregations.
On the last night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 19, at 6pm the UJCVP will host a Hannukiah lighting in Williamsburg.  Main Street in New Town (near Opus 9). There will be live music, donuts and festivities. 
4.  Sunday evening, December 24, and Monday morning, December 25.  Temple Sinai will assist PORT (contact at Temple Sinai is Larry Linn)..   

5.   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.

--See December 24/25 entry for PORT assistance.

--Webmaster assistance:  to get involved, contact John, jamellman@verizon.net

6.  Recent events


Chanukah Concert, December 15, featuring Grammy Nominated artist Paul Reisler & Kid Pan Alley and Friends,  and congregants on stage.

Chanukah Concert December 15 with Paul Reisler







November 12, Simcha Klezmorim  Band. From left to right: Russ Robertson (trombone, vocals); Warren Weiss (drums, leader); Randy A. Ladkau (trumpet); Kathy Weiss (piano) and Dave Kreiselman (clarinet).

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November 12, Gholam Farrokhpour's Buffet: Kebobs, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Pita Chips, Israeli Salad, Olives, Crudités and More!

 buffet nov 12



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)
Jan 7, 14, 28

Adult education Hebrew class, 1 pm
  Wed, 1 pm, Jan 11, 18, 25

Jewish cooking series monthly, Jan 13

  Sat,  9 am preceding the monthly Saturday Shabbat morning service,
  Community luncheon 11 am following Shabbat service

Sisterhood meeting Tue, Jan 2, 7 pm

Temple Board Meeting Tue, Jan 9, 7 pm  

Brotherhood  Breakfast, Sun, Jan 28, 10 am Topic to be announced

See Events and Shabbat Times for more details of events.



Shabbat Times


Oneg Shabbat follows all Friday (and Saturday) services, unless there is a Community Luncheon or Dinner.


Fri, Dec 22, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service
Oneg Shabbat follows
no childcare available  

Fri, Dec 29, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service.
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available  

Friday, Jan 5, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service of Healing.
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available as needed*   

Saturday, Jan 13, 10 am
Saturday morning service in lieu of Friday evening
 Join Jewish Cuisine class at 9 am
 Community luncheon follows service about 11 am.

Friday, Jan 19, 7:30 pm 
Shabbat service 
Oneg Shabbat follows 
childcare available as needed*

Saturday, Jan 27, 10 am 
Tu B'Shevat Seder.



*Call office at 596-8352 to arrange.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare