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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Announcements and Events

(Scroll down for Events   December 11- January 15)



Welcome to newest members Bruce and Alice Timins.

Donations to fire emergency funds for Israel--see attachment for details here.

 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).

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

See Rabbi Sokol's most recent column in the Daily Press here.  

Beginner's Hebrew Class with Rabbi Sokol.  Selected Sundays between November 13, 2016 and April 30, 2017.   

Social action opportunities:  

-new:  Sisterhood has adopted a family consisting of a mother and 2 children as participation in the Transitions Family Violence Services Adopt a Family.  We are collecting goods or donations.  See flyer.  Donations needed by December 4.

-Collect for LINK (details here).   

-PORT.  Save December 25 evening or December 26 morning to volunteer for PORT to serve the homeless.  

-Caring Committee ongoing opportunities to help our members for appointments or Shiva (see Social Action tab under Activities).

Sunday, December 11.  Sisterhood trip to the Williamsburg Winery for a wine tasting at 11 am followed by Lunch at noon.  The cost of the tasting is $9 and the lunch is at your own expense. Please RSVP to Leslie Borwick by December 1.  See the flyer for more information.

Sunday, December 18, 11 am to 2 pm.  Super Brunch hosted by Endowment Fund to benefit the Rabbi Fund.  Free to members and their guests.  Featuring concert by Peninsula Youth Orchestra.

Chanukah.  Thursday, December 24, light first candle at home.  Wednesday, December 30, 5 pm at City Center, Newport News, join us for Menorah lighting hosted by Temple Sinai. 

Friday, December 30.  Dinner starts 6:15 pm.  Chanukah Community Dinner (6:15) and service (7:30).  $15 adults, $6 children 6-12, 5 and under free.  See flyer for details RSVP by December 15.  Featuring the entire religious school performing music from Renaissance to modern rap as well as original play "I have a little Dreidel".   

Sunday, January 15.  "Deli Man".  Film is free, small charge for food.   Call Temple office to reserve.    Details in flyer.












Recurring Events

Religious School:  
 Sun, Nov 20, 10 am; Dec 4, 11.

Adult Education:
Intro to Hebrew Sun, Nov 20, 1 pm; Dec 4, 11; continues through Apr 2017.

Sisterhood meeting Mon, Dec 12, 7 pm.
Temple Board meeting Tue, Dec 13, 7 pm (executive session). 


Shabbat Times



 Fri, Nov 25, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
Shabbat and Thanksgiving service 
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45) 
no childcare  

Fri, Dec 2, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
Shabbat of Healing
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45)  
childcare on request*

Sat, Dec 10, 10 am with Rabbi Sokol
Saturday Shabbat service rather than Friday
(Oneg Shabbat follows)
 no childcare 

Fri, Dec 16, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
Shabbat of Song
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45)
childcare on request*

Fri, Dec 23, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
no childcare available

Fri, Dec 30, with Rabbi Sokol
6:15 pm Chanukah dinner
7:30 pm Shabbat service
Shabbat Sheli special program for children
see announcements and events page for details and flyer


*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare