Rabbi James Scott Glazier, D.D.

RabbiHSRabbi Glazier was raised in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts and attended Newton Public Schools. He graduated, Cum Laude, from Boston College in 1974 with a triple major: Secondary Education, History and Spanish. In 1979 Rabbi was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-JIR in Cincinnati with a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. In 1981, after serving two years as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Birmingham, Alabama, Rabbi Glazier was selected spiritual leader of Temple Sinai. In 2004 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from the Hebrew Union College-JIR in New York City.

Rabbi Glazier has served on numerous community boards: trustee on the board of Fletcher Allen Health Care, trustee on the board of Burlington’s YMCA, a member of the Medical Center’s Human Research Committee, chair of the Russian Resettlement Committee and board member of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. He currently serves as the immediate past chair and board member of Hunger Free Vermont and teaches Judaism classes at Saint Michael's College. Rabbi Glazier is married to Margaret Glazier and they are blessed with five children.

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Mark Leopold | Cantorial Soloist

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Mark Leopold is a native of Burlington Vermont.  He has been serving as cantorial soloist since the founding of Temple Sinai in 1966.  He is the youngest son of charter members Jules and Gertrude Leopold, both of blessed memory.  Mark has taught in the Temple Religious School and served as Chair of the Spiritual Committee and on the Board.  He also tutors B’nai Mitzvah students.  Mark attended Burlington schools and the University of Vermont.  By day Mark is a computer programmer working for the state of Vermont.  He is the father of 5 children and has 5 grandchildren; he resides in Burlington with his wife, Deborah Leopold.

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Judy Alexander | Director of Congregational Education

Judy AlexanderJudy Alexander is orginally from Long Island, NY. Judy has her Master’s degree in Elementary Education: Curriculum and Development. Before coming to Temple Sinai in 1998, Judy taught Hebrew school at Israel Congregation in Manchester, VT. Judy has 2 children, who were confirmed here at Temple Sinai and 3 grown stepsons. She tutors students for their B’nai Mitzvot, sings in High Holiday choir, is a member of Dahg (Temple rock band), and enjoys playing Mah Jongg, reading, studying guitar, and writing plays. Judy is married to Bruce Chalmer.

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Michael Levine | Temple Administrator


Michael Levine is a native of Eastern North Carolina. Michael holds a Master's degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources, as well as over 18 years of business management experience.  Michael has also held management positions in the state corrections (NC) and private security (VT) fields.  Michael is married to Aliyah Levine. They reside in Burlington with their cat, Minerva, and look forward to starting a family in the near future.

Wendy Valastro | Keyboard Accompanist

Wendy- School Headshot - Version 2Wendy has been a member of Temple Sinai since first coming to Vermont in 1982. She has directed the choir (including the first choir!), played keyboard for services, served on the board, and been a Temple Sinai educator, teaching music and dance to the children in religious school. Currently an elementary school music teacher, Wendy's 34 years of teaching encompass music education and kindergarten through third grade. In addition to her public school teaching, Wendy has been music director and cast member in shows for Lyric Theatre and Stowe Theatre Guild as well as the founder and director of a summer musical theatre camp for children called Kidshow, now in its 31st year. A graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan, she and her husband James are the parents of two delightful daughters, two cats, a dog, and a fish.


Meg Cossaboom | Keyboard Accompanist

head shot flynnMeg Cossaboom is a resident of Sheldon, Vermont, where she resides with her husband, Frank. Her career as a professional accompanist started in 1998, and she has been playing for Friday night services at Temple Sinai since 2005. Meg is a self-taught pianist, and a classically trained soprano. Her voice education includes studying with Arlene Jarvis, Dr. Thomas Houser, and Ruth Drucker. Outside of her classical roots, Meg can often be found at the piano accompanying music theater productions or playing her own original compositions. In 2012 Meg became the choir director at Temple Sinai. She continues to be inspired by the people and the music at Temple Sinai, and is always anxious to write new arrangements for high holiday services. In addition to her work at Temple, Meg is the music director for the FlynnArts Show Choir at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.