Our Spiritual Leaders

Rabbi Morris W. Barzilai

Rabbi Barzilai has been Sinai Free Synagogue's spiritual leader since its inception. Prior to that he served as rabbi at the Free Synagogue of Westchester, after having served as 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 was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989.

"My goal," the Rabbi says, "is to teach Jewish values by touching people's lives, by reaching out and showing that someone cares and that Judaism has much to offer."

Rabbi Barzilai is extensively involved in a wide range of ecumenical and civic activities in the community, in addition to serving on the Pastoral Care and Education Advisory Committee of Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. He and his wife Lisa have three children, all of whom attend our religious school.

Cantor Elizabeth Sternlieb

Elizabeth Sternlieb, our Cantor and music director, came to Sinai Free Synagogue after serving as Cantor at Temple Emanuel of Long Beach (Long Island). Prior to that she served as part time Cantor at the Reform Temple of Suffern for Sabbath services while working as a music teacher in the Beth El Synagogue (New Rochelle) and Harrison JCC nursery schools and teaching piano and voice lessons throughout Westchester County.

Her energy, enthusiasm, vocal abilities, and versatility, combined with her love and knowledge of liturgical selections, provide us with a rich balance of warm congregation-friendly melodies and glorious cantorial solos.

Cantor Liz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education/Voice Performance. She has worked in community and professional musical theater, onstage and off, and continues to compose and record her own original musical works. This background enriches our synagogue programming and our children's religious school experience.

Living in southern Westchester her entire life, she has always been an integral part of our community. Cantor Liz is married and has two sons in our religious school.

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.