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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Articles, events, and opportunities at items 1-4.   Shabbat schedule at Item 2, other events at Items 5 and 6.    

1.  Viewers will soon see this website in a new format, mandated by URJ and supported by WordPress.  You can still access the website the same way at the same website-address (URL).  We still need a new webmaster.
2.   Summary of Shabbat Services through Aug 17.  


Friday, Jul 20, 7:30 pm   Shabbat evening Service
Led by Samuel Chenkin   
Oneg Shabbat follows  

Saturday, Jul 28, 10 am 
Saturday morning service in lieu of Friday evening Service  
Dedication of memorial plaque for Bobbi Weisinger
Oneg Shabbat follows

Friday, Aug 3, 7:30 pm  
Shabbat evening Service

Led by Paul Brindza
Oneg Shabbat follows
Childcare available--contact office

Friday, Aug 10, 7:30 pm  
Shabbat evening Service

Led by Samuel Chenkin
Oneg Shabbat follows
Childcare available--contact office


 Friday, Aug 17, 7:30 pm  
Shabbat evening Service

Oneg Shabbat follows

3.  Other recurring events:
Next Board of Directors meeting Thu, Aug 8, 7 pm.
Next Sisterhood meeting Wed, Aug 14, 7 pm
Brotherhood Breakfast will resume in Sep.

4.   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.

--Jewish Food Festival--Temple Sinai table at UJC--details TBD.

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


5.  Recent events


Rabbi Sokol delivered the invocation at the Virginia House of Delegates, Tuesday, March 6.  Links to video are at top of home page.


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Link to Facebook video of Chanukah concert, December 15, with Paul Reisler and congregants, Click here (may require exit from our website) 

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!

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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

Please see under Events and Announcements for Listings of

Religious School, Adult Education, Shabbat Times, Brotherhood Breakfast, Sisterhood events, and Board Meeting

Shabbat Times

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

Please see listing under Events and Announcements on Home Page.





*Call office, 596-8352, to request childcare