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.    


Welcome to newest members Dianne and Michael Haley.  


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).

On Fridays beginning October 14, we started holding 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  Saturday Services will begin at 10 am as usual.  

Friday, October 28.  Deadline to RSVP for Beginner's Hebrew Class (see below, November 13).


Tuesday, November 1.  Rosh Chodesh at Sisterhood member's house.  Call office 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.
   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.  Flyer here.

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

Begins Sunday, November 13 at 1 pm:  Beginner's Hebrew Class with Rabbi Sokol.  Selected Sundays between November 13, 2016 and April 30, 2017, open to the entire community of Hampton Roads.   If you've never had the opportunity to learn Hebrew or learned it a long time ago and managed to forget it (it doesn't take much).  I hope you will consider joining me for a beginner's Hebrew class. Knowing Hebrew allows us to read prayers in their original form and understand what they actually mean. It doesn't get better than that!   RSVP by October 28 (need $20 from members or $25 from nonmembers to reserve the textbook)









Recurring Events

Religious School:  Sun, Oct 30, 10 am, 
 Sun, Nov 6, 13, 20, 10 am.

Adult Education:
Intro to Hebrew begins Sun, Nov 13, 1 pm; Nov 20; further dates through Apr 2017.

Brotherhood Breakfast Sun, Nov 13, 10 am.
 Meryl Kessler of the JCC will speak about the new Mikveh
Sisterhood meeting Mon, Nov 14, 7 pm.
Temple Board meeting Tue, Nov 15, 7 pm. 


Shabbat Times



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

Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45)
childcare on request*

Sat, Nov 12, 10 am with Rabbi Sokol
(no Friday evening service this week)
monthly Saturday morning Shabbat service
no childcare available

Fri, Nov 18, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45)
special Shabbat Sheli program for children  

Fri, Nov 25, 7:30 pm with Rabbi Sokol
Shabbat and Thanksgiving service
(Oneg Shabbat at 6:45) 
childcare on request*

*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare