Our Spiritual Leaders

Rabbi Morris W. Barzilai

Rabbi Morris ("Mo") Barzilai has served has served as the spiritual leader of Sinai Free Synagogue since its inception in 1999, and as a rabbi in Mount Vernon, NY for the past twenty years. His warmth and commitment to the congregation, staff and wider community have set a tone of openness and trust. In his own words, the rabbi's goal is to reach out to the diverse members of the community and to show them the beauty and meaning of Judaism. "I try to help individuals become more connected to Judaism and to the Jewish people, with a special focus to reach out to those who, for whatever reason, feel marginally connected.

A trusted leader in the area. Rabbi Barzilai is extensively involved in a wide range of ecumenical and civic activities. He currently serves as co-chair of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Interfaith Council and has also been deeply involved as a Board member of the Community Service Associates, which runs a soup kitchen and other programs for the needy in Mount Vernon. He also serves on the Board of the Counseling Center in Bronxville. I strive to teach Jewish values by touching people's lives, showing them that someone truly cares, and that Judaism has much to offer.

In the Jewish Community, Rabbi Barzilai has served on the Executive Board of the Westchester Board of Rabbis and currently is a member of the Synergy Rabbinic Advisory Committee of the UJA Federation.. He has been a member of the reform movement's URJ-CCAR Commission on Outreach and Synagogue Membership. For 13 years he has served as Rabbinic faculty at Eisner Camp/Crane Lake in the Berkshires.

In 1994, he began his tenure as rabbi of the Free Synagogue of Westchester. After his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989, he became assistant/associate rabbi at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck. A native of Chicago, Rabbi Barzilai has a degree in economics and mathematics from Washington University. He is married to his wife Lisa since 1986. They have three lovely children, Matti, Zari and Avi.

Cantor Amy Goldstein

Cantor Amy is the daughter of the great Cantor Jacob Goldstein, protégé of Moyshe Oysher and the last of the great Golden Age cantors. She most recently served as the cantorial soloist at Temple Beth Jacob in Newburgh, NY. She has also served congregations in Westchester and New York City. Amy is bringing a broad range of talent to the Temple including cantorial chanting, opera, oratorio, Broadway, Yiddish, folk, and contemporary music. She has received critical acclaim for her Naxos recordings for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music. She also taught voice for season ten of America's Got Talent and the 2016 Olympics Official Coca-Cola commercial.

Along with her musical capabilities, she is also a Certified Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician and served as visiting Jewish Chaplain Volunteer at Phelps Memorial Hospital. Cantor Amy lives in Scarsdale with sons Michael and Isaac.

Lee Schwartz, Cantor Emeritus

Lee Schwartz served as Cantor at the former Free Synagogue of Westchester beginning in 1976 and as Co-Cantor at Sinai Free Synagogue until 2002. He trained at the Third Street Settlement School in New York, and is fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish. In addition to his position as Cantor Emeritus at Sinai Free Synagogue, Cantor Schwartz's operatic baritone voice continues to enchant audiences in community and professional musical theater, light opera, and concerts throughout the world.