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.

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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 last year as our new assistant cantor and choral director. She is also the education coordinator and cantor at Temple Beth Zion of Brookline. Originally from Bethesda, MD, she holds a bachelor of the arts degree in music and religious studies from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), a certificate of study from the Zoltán Kodály Institute (Kesckemét, Hungary), a master’s degree of the arts in religion from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (New Haven, CT), and a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College (Newton, MA), where she was ordained as a cantor in 2014. Cantor Khitrik has created and led special klezmer-inspired Shabbat services for Temple Emanu-El (Providence, RI), Temple Ahavat Achim (Gloucester, MA), KlezKanada, and Yale University.

Cantor Becky also 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. She and her husband Alex live in Watertown, MA.


Executive Director: Marlene Arnold

marleneMarlene Arnold has been the Executive Director of Temple Sinai since 2011 and a member of the congregation for 18 years. Marlene grew up on Long Island, New York, where she attended Jewish Day School. She spent a college term abroad in Israel, working three months on a kibbutz. She’s returned twice more to Israel, most recently on a congregational trip with her family, led by Rabbi Meszler.

Marlene graduated from Union College in Schenectady with a bachelor's degree in computer science, and spent the first part of her career in the software industry, first running a technical support department, and then serving in various marketing management roles. Later, while raising her family, she worked part-time in executive administration, and ran a small professional organizing business.

Before accepting the job as Executive Director, Marlene served as Vice President on Temple Sinai’s Board of Trustees and chaired the School Committee for several years. She says she finds helping and interacting with fellow congregants extremely rewarding, especially when it comes to sharing her experience with pre-B’nai Mitzvah families. Marlene lives in Sharon with her husband Ben, teenage daughters, Alison and Brianna, and their dog Kirby.

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Phone: 781-784-6081 x106


Director of Education: Beth Fine-Nelson

bethBeth Fine-Nelson is now in her second year as Director of Education at Temple Sinai. 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 Sophomores in college in Maine and Arkansas respectively, and daughter Emily who will be starting Middle School in the fall and continuing her education in the Temple Sinai Religious school. Her 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: Illyse Habbe

illyseIllyse received her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in 1986 and her Doctorate in Psychology in 1993 from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

As a teen Illyse was very involved with her local and regional NFTY youth groups, serving on the boards of each. She also spent summers at URJ Eisner Camp and traveled to Israel in the summer of 1980 with a NFTY group. In 1988 she returned for another summer in Israel as a NFTY tour leader.

Illyse works not only to develop our Senior and Junior Youth Groups, but also to promote Jewish camperships and travel to Israel.

Illyse lives in Sharon with her husband and two teenage children, Julia and Noah, and maintains a full time practice in psychology seeing clients of all ages.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 781-784-3622