Rabbi Morris W. Barzilai
Rabbi Morris (Mo) Barzilai has servedhas served as the spiritual leader of Sinai Free Synagoguesince its inception in 1999, and as a rabbi in Mount Vernon, NY for the past twenty years.
warmth and commitment to the the congregation, staff and wider community have set a tone of openness and trust.
own words, the rabbi's goal isto reach out to the diverse members of the community and to show them the beauty and meaning of Judaism.
Itry 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, feelmarginally connected.
A trustedleader in the area.
Rabbi Barzilai is extensively involved in a wide range of ecumenical and civic activities.
Hecurrently serves asco-chair of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Interfaith Council
and has also been deeplyinvolved as a Board member of the Community ServiceAssociates
, which runs a soup kitchen and other programs forthe 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 thatsomeone 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 andcurrently is a member of the Synergy Rabbinic Advisory Committee of the UJA Federation..
has been a member ofthe reform movements URJ-CCAR Commission on Outreach and Synagogue Membership.
For 13 years he
hasserved as Rabbinic faculty at Eisner Camp/Crane Lake in the Berkshires.
In 1994, he
tenure as rabbi ofthe Free Synagogue of Westchester.
After his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989,he became assistant/associaterabbi at Temple Beth-El ofGreat Neck.
A native of Chicago, Rabbi Barzilai has a degree in economics and mathematics from Washington University.