Temple Beth El –

The 14th Annual Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival

Opening  Weekend
Sat., November 22 &
Sun., November 23, 2014.

Click here for details


Congregation Emet V’Or –

Shabbat*, 7:00PM, at the UJCC, at their new address – 401 Middle Ground Blvd.,use the new entrance off Nettles Rd.
New to the area? Attend, 5/9, 5/18, 5/30, 6/7, 6/13, or 6/20 events to learn more about our
5/3 Havdalah in Homes: Get together in Newport News, Yorktown, Williamsburg or Hampton homes and
celebrate the end of Shabbat with fellow Jewish neighbors! RSVP to Rita.
5/4 Chai Mitzvah – adult learning class, 6:30PM – 8PM for members and non-members: The Individual and the
Community- what are our responsibilities to each other? It is not too late to RSVP
5/9 Services: Honor our Religious and Hebrew school teachers with a Shabbat led by all the school children.
5/16 and 5/17 Gabby Gurdin becomes a Bat Mitzvah! (Mazel Tov!)
5/18 A Bonfire, a dinner, a celebration! It’s Lag B’Omer 5PM at CEVO. Contact Lisa S. for what to bring.
5/23 Shabbat & Dinner 7:00PM – Services led by Craig and Randi Turczynski with Dr. Jonathan Rathsam and Rob
5/30 Shabbat Services with Rabbi Scott Gurdin. Following services, stick around for the social action event.
Everyone bring either a package of 6 pair large socks, a box of non-chocolate granola bars, small package of
washcloths, or small bars of soap to fill up our care packages for the local homeless.
Save the June Dates: June 7th 6pm Havdalah at CEVO, then Putt Putt afterward.
June 13 Rabbi Gurdin leads services
June 20 BBQ dinner at Park, then Shabbat Services in the Park led by Dr. Jonatham Rathsam


Rodef Sholom Temple  –

Israel & Teacher Appreciation Shabbat and Shabbat School
Friday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m.
followed by a congregational chicken dinner  with soup, vegan casserole, sides, salad, and birthday cake for Israel!

Relocation Briefings before the Vote
Please attend one of the following before the vote at the Annual Meeting (June 10th):
Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. at RST or Monday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m.
at the Krinicks’ home in Williamsburg
Click to RSVP with “Briefing” as your subject


Temple Sinai –

Why Courts Matter and What I Can Do to Ensure a Fair and Impartial Judiciary. Sun, May 4, 2pm. at Temple Sinai, cosponsored by NCJW. Judge Judith Kline and Lindsay Morris, NCJW.


Temple Sinai Welcomes Rabbi Severine Sokol

The membership of Temple Sinai of Newport News has approved hiring Severine Sokol as its new rabbi. After a congregational meeting April 27, where Sokol was approved unanimously, Congregation president Paul Brindza praised Temple members for their support in bringing in Rabbi Sokol. “For a congregation this size to take such a step is just tremendous,” he said. “We are just thrilled.”

Sokol has been rabbi and cantorial soloist at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison, CO, a Denver suburb, since 2011. During her time there, Sokol led services, organized and conducted life cycle events, supervised religious school operations and taught classes for children and adults. She was active in community outreach, providing pastoral care and organizing a number of arts and cultural programs. Previously Sokol had served as education director and later rabbi of Congregation Kol Am in St. Louis.

Sokol is a native of France. Her mother emigrated as a teenager to France from Morocco with her family, fleeing a rising tide of Anti-Semitism. Her father, as a result of his and his family’s experiences during World War II had turned away from religion. She explained that it was only through a “chance encounter with a welcoming Reform Jewish congregation in England” as a teenager that she realized there was a place in Judaism for her. Her decision to become a rabbi, “was a surprise and challenge to my family.”

When Sokol was ordained as a rabbi at Leo Baeck College in London in 2003, she became one of only two French women who successfully sought ordination in England. She was also the first Sephardic French woman to become ordained in Progressive Judaism history.

Sokol served at a number of congregations and Jewish organizations in England before coming to the U.S. “I believe that a synagogue should be a place where all are welcome. We live in an age where we yearn now more than ever for room to emotionally grow. People seek a home to create and nurture a meaningful spiritual life.” Sokol said in her application.

Sokol is married to writer Neal Sokol and the couple has three children. She will assume her new position July 1, replacing interim rabbi Lawrence Forman.