Clergy, Professional Staff & Religious School
Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper
Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper has served as the spiritual leader and visionary for Temple Beth El since 2003. Rabbi Clopper received his B.S. from Tufts University in 1989 and was ordained in 1995 at HUC-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Following graduation, Rabbi Clopper worked at Congregation Emanu El in Houston Texas, and has also served at congregations in Piqua, Ohio, Quincy, Illinois, and Lafayette, Louisiana. He was Rabbinic Intern for the Youth Programs Department of HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, and Chaplain Intern at Jewish Hospital and Bethesda North Hospital.
Rabbi Clopper brings wisdom, passion and innovative thinking to all aspects of Temple Beth El, while honoring and preserving our sacred traditions and rituals. Leading Shabbat services, conducting Torah study, facilitating educational programs, consoling the bereaved, visiting the sick, getting personally involved with old and new congregants alike, assisting in Hebrew school activities, participating in Board and committee meetings, playing guitar and leading songs, and sharing his wisdom and talents at Temple activities, Rabbi Clopper is well loved by congregants and the greater Huntington community.
Rabbi Clopper and his wife Carol have three children and make their home in the Huntington community.
Cantor Alison Levine
Cantor Alison Levine is happy to be a part of our community. She will be leading us in prayer and directing our volunteer Adult and Junior Choirs. Cantor Alison has a cheerful, friendly demeanor and a rich and beautiful voice. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wesleyan University and then went on to obtain a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Reform-trained, Cantor Alison was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, where she was an award-winning student. In addition to her many educational achievements, Cantor Alison volunteered with the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Program, worked in the HUC Soup Kitchen and created a town-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service for the town of Leonia, New Jersey, while she was there as a student Cantor. She now resides in Huntington with her husband Brian, and they are both excited to be a part of our congregation and community.
Joanne Fried, Partnership Liaison
Joanne recently joined the professional staff of Temple Beth El, in the new position of Partnership Liaison, after six years as Executive Director of North Shore Synagogue in Syosset and seven years at The Community Synagogue of Port Washington. Joanne feels blessed to bring her love of Reform Judaism, strengths as an administrator, and experience in synagogue management to the Temple Beth El family. At the top of her responsibilities is working with the congregation on the newly adopted Sustaining Partnership program, TBE’s exciting funding initiative based on the core values of the synagogue. Joanne has been a member of Temple Beth El for over 30 years. She has three grown sons—Mike, Sam and Ben—all of whom became Bar Mitzvah and were confirmed at TBE. She has a degree in Art History from Boston University and has directed and choreographed for The Chutzpah Repertory Theatre, the temple’s theater group, since its inception.
Rabbi Emeritus Barton Shallat
Rabbi Barton Shallat led Temple Beth El from 1971 until 2003. During his tenure, Rabbi Shallat strengthened our sense of responsibility to pass our Judaic heritage on to the next generation in an inclusive, thoughtful manner. Rabbi Shallat likes to say, “we accept people where they are and help them become the Jews they wish to be.”
Cantor Emerita Sandra Sherry
Cantor Emerita Sandra Sherry-Pilatsky served as Cantor of Temple Beth El for 22 years, through June 2012. Cantor Sherry’s passion for combining music and spirituality, along with teaching both adults and children, left a lasting impression that has endured throughout Temple Beth El. We are most fortunate that Cantor Sherry will continue to be part of Temple Beth El for many years to come.