Our Clergy & Staff

Rabbi | Cantor | Asst. Cantor Exective Director | Dir. of Education | Youth Group Advisor

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler

rabbi mRabbi Joseph Meszler has been the spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Sharon for over 10 years. His mission, as it says in Isaiah 54:2, is to “widen the tent…and deepen the pegs,” that is, to help the Jewish community grow, thrive and deepen its connections to God, Torah, and Israel. Rabbi Meszler brings this mission to life through his active involvement in all parts of synagogue life: from introducing the synagogue to toddlers & pre-school aged children, to preparing religious school students for B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmation, and leading engaging discussions and adult studies for the community at large.

Rabbi Meszler is an author of many books including his most recent publication, Facing Illness Finding God (Jewish Lights). Rabbi Meszler is a member of the Interfaith Clergy Association of Sharon and South Shore Adult Jewish Education Collaborative.

Rabbi Meszler is married to Rabbi Julie Zupan, and they live in Sharon with their two children, Samantha and Justin.

Email: [email protected]


Cantor Jeff Klepper

cantor kJeff Klepper has served as Temple Sinai’s cantor since 2003. Raised in New York City, he began playing the guitar at an early age and was strongly influenced by the folk music of Pete Seeger. Prior to his bar mitzvah, Jeff studied with the legendary synagogue composer Abraham Wolf Binder, gaining an appreciation for music of the synagogue. In the early 1970s, while at Clark University, he teamed with future rabbi Dan Freelander and formed the popular Jewish singing group Kol B’seder. Jeff’s compositions, many written with Dan, such as Modeh Ani, and Lo Alecha, have become synagogue standards. Their setting of Shalom Rav, composed in 1974, is the defining Jewish melody of a new style of worship, bridging varied traditions and connecting multiple generations.

Jeff graduated from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1980 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from HUC in 2005. He also holds a Master of Arts in Music from Northeastern Illinois University.

Jeff is a member of the faculty of Hebrew College in Newton, MA. He recently served as a music editor for Mishkan T’filah, the new Reform movement siddur. Jeff and his family live in West Roxbury.

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Assistant Cantor and Choir Director Rebecca Khitrik

beckyCantor Becky Khitrik joined Temple Sinai in 2015 as our assistant cantor and choral director. 

Originally from Bethesda, MD, Becky holds a bachelor of the arts degree in music and religious studies from Macalester College, a certificate of study from the Zoltán Kodály Institute in Hungary, a master’s degree of the arts in religion from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College, where she was ordained as a cantor in 2014.

Cantor Becky has created and led special klezmer-inspired Shabbat services for a number of temples, and enjoys an active performance career as a klezmer clarinetist. She has performed internationally and has received acclaim for her technical mastery, warm tone, and unique use of vibrato. She is a member of the acclaimed Boston-based group "Klezwoods," which performed at the Kennedy Center in 2012, a founding member of "The Lithuanian Empire" (Canada-USA), and has also performed with the Zamir Chorale of Boston and many other established musicians.

Cantor Becky also serves as the education coordinator and cantor at Temple Beth Zion of Brookline. She and her husband Alex live in Watertown, MA. 


Executive Director: Rabbi Amy E. Goodman

amyRabbi Amy E. Goodman joined Temple Sinai as the Executive Director in October 2018. She is dedicated to helping Jewish institutions function in a vibrant and fiscally responsible manner. She graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

Amy previously served as Rabbinic Director for Hebrew Senior Life (HSL) Hospice Care, where she had administrative responsibilities for spiritual, bereavement and volunteer services as well as complementary care for HSL’s Jewish hospice program.

Prior to moving to the Greater Boston area, Amy was Associate Director of Development for MJHS Foundation in New York City, where she also was Director for the Center for Jewish End of Life Care.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 781-784-6081 x106

 


Director of Education: Beth Fine-Nelson

bethBeth Fine-Nelson joined Temple Sinai as Director of Education in 2014. Beth comes to us with over twenty years of leadership and administration in various Jewish organizations, including JCC’s, camps, temples and schools.

Beth grew up in Newport, RI and was an active participant in Young Judaea and attended Camp Tel Yehudah in the 80’s. Beth also participated in the High School in Israel program in 1984. She is an advocate for both camp and Israel trips.

Beth holds a Masters in Jewish Education from Siegel College, and she brings her vast experience from a range of settings along with creative ideas and considerable attention to detail. Beth now lives in Sharon with her three children, twin sons Ben and Evan, who are both in college, and daughter Emily who attends Sharon Middle School. Beth's husband, Jon Nelson, is a Cantorial soloist for Temple Emanu El in Marblehead, MA and is a n​ationally known recording artist with his Jewish rock band Yom Hadash.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 781-784-6081 x200


Youth Group Advisor: Jon Nelson

jonJon Nelson comfortably wears many hats, as a Youth Director, Cantorial Soloist, Rabbi, Educator, Recording Artist and Performer.

The founder of the influential, Jewish Rock Band, Yom Hadash, Jon had the privilege of spreading his welcoming and inclusive brand of Jewish music across the country for close to two decades. Jon has also served as the Youth Educator/Director at several large Massachusetts synagogues. 

A proud native of New Bedford, MA, Jon is a graduate of UMASS Amherst (Undergraduate Degree), Bridgewater State College (K-6 Teacher Certification), Cambridge College (Masters Degree in Education) and the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (Rabbinic Ordination).

Jon lives in Sharon with his wife Beth, their three kids, Ben, Evan and Emily and "Brisket" the dog. In addition to officiating at life cycle events and performing with his band locally and nationally, Jon is also the Musical Director at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, MA, where he sings at worship services and B'nai Mitzvot.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 617-461-4559