Board of Trustees

bill abramsBill Abrams, Financial Secretary

Bill Abrams is president of Trickle Up, a global nonprofit that helps women in Africa, India and Central America take the first steps out of extreme poverty. He has served on the Village Temple board for more than a decade, including three years as president. He lives in Soho with his wife Julie Salamon and their children Roxie and Eli. He grew up in St. Louis in the 1950s-60s and a classic Reform congregation, United Hebrew, that had a gorgeous synagogue, suburban membership and a Rabbi who was on the front lines of the civil rights movement.

jerry arbitterJerry Arbittier, Co-President

Family and friends are the most important thing to me. The Village Temple brings this all together. Hopefully 15 years of running a business will allow me to contribute. I hope to continue to build the Village Temple into a sanctuary that provides strength and purpose to its members so that they can have a community to go to and seek help during troubled times and celebrate during happy times.

Fred Eichler, Treasurer

Fred has served on the Village Temple Board of Directors for two years and has been a member of the finance committee for more then 5 years. Fred has also served as the chief financial officer of various public companies throughout his 44 years in the finance area.

 

Fred BaschFred Basch, Chair, Building Committee

Husband to Susan and Father of Emma. Architect specializing in renovating theaters, justice facilities and historic preservation. Story reader, listener, cyclist, sailor and barnyard carpenter.

BarbaraGBarbara Gerolimatos

I have been a member of the Village temple since 2002 along with my husband, Alan Brown and our children, Julia and Sara. I have over 30 years experience in the healthcare industry and am currently assisting a new non-profit that works to serve adolescent girls of West Africa impacted by the Ebola virus.  I  previously was a member of the  Board of Trustees  (2008- 2013)  and served as the Co-Chair of the B'nai Mitzvah Committee. For the pass two years I have co-chaired the Interfaith Committee.  I also organize and participate in the Saturday bread pick-up for the Soup Kitchen.  I am currently also  a member of New York Public Radio's Community Advisory Board.

Elizabeth Horwitz

I have been a member of the Village Temple for ten years. I am a psychiatrist in private practice. We were initially drawn to the temple by Rabbi Koster’s unique blend of warmth, spirituality and intellect and have chosen to become more involved because we enjoy the sense of welcome and community we feel there. During my four years on the Board of Trustees, I have been Co-Chair of the B’nai Mitzvah committee and have really enjoyed helping families at this special time in their lives. I look forward to continuing to serve the Temple and getting to know more of our members.

sarah kingSarah King , Religious School Chair

Raised in France in Conservative Judaism and having moved to New York City eighteen years ago, Sarah found at the Village Temple a blend of Jewish  traditions, modernity, spirituality and openness where she feels very much at home.  Married  thirteen years ago by Rabbi Koster, Sarah and her husband, William,  are the proud parents of Summer (to be bat  mitzvah in  2016) and Anais - both in the Religious School. Sarah runs her own consulting practice helping nonprofits  and  social enterprises with strategy and business planning. She is excited to be part of the Board and looks forward to  supporting the  Religious School.

betsy krebsBetsy Krebs, Recording Secretary, Membership Committee Chair

Betsy Krebs and her family have been Village Temple members for more than ten years. Betsy is an advocate for young people and social justice and is recognized as a leading 'social entrepreneur' for her influential work on child welfare policies and practices affecting teenagers. She attended public schools through college and graduated from Harvard Law School

Jamil June 2016Jamil Simon

I am a private investor specializing in business work-outs and redevelopment of brownfields properties.  My daughter Lucy is a high school senior.  We have been Village Temple members since 2002.

david ethan levitDavid Ethan Levit

Married with two girls and living in Astoria; we celebrated our oldest’s bat mitzvah in 2012 and our youngest is slated for 2014. We’re Village Temple members since 2006. I enjoy winter skiing, summer snorkeling and casual urban mountain biking all year round. I am a graduate of Syracuse University where I studied Drama and Poetry. I practice the basic skills acquired there in my professional life: I’m a commercial insurance broker. Recently I have found enjoyment sharing some adventures and expressing myself via Instagram. Follow me! I’m hopeful my creativity, experience and desire for action will benefit our board.

LiaLevensonLia Levenson

Lia Levenson was born in the USSR, and emigrated to Chicago when she was eight. She worked on Wall Street for many years, and currently juggles two jobs and three children (Zoe, Eliza, and Talia) with the help of her husband, Evan.

DMoriartyDana Moriarty

I am a cinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan. Growing up in Long Island, my family belonged to a large, traditional, conservative temple. As an adult, being part of an interfaith couple, I was seeking a temple community where my husband would feel comfortable and our children would receive a quality Jewish education. The Village Temple was welcoming and felt like the right balance for our family. Our older daughter loves attending Hebrew school and our younger daughter will be enrolling soon. I am excited to be joining the temple board and being able to be part of a wonderful community.

 lisashapiroLisa Shapiro

Lisa Wood Shapiro is an author and EMMY winning TV Producer.  She produced for  A&E,  PBS,  Oxygen, and co-created the series On The Team for Noggin. Her humorous memoir Hot Mess Mom is being reissued later this year.  She and her three children have been members of Village Temple for five years.  Her daughter Sophia Steinberg became a  Bat Mitzvah last year and she loves working at the Village Temple Hebrew School as a teacher's assistant.

Carole Sadler, Counsel

Carole Sadler has served as the Temple's counsel and board member for three years. She and her daughter most enjoy the sense of connection they feel since becoming a part of this vibrant community.

Julie SalamonJulie Salamon, Co-President

Julie is an author and journalist, who has been a reporter and critic for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her nine books include Wendy and the Lost Boys, the New York Times best-selling biography of Wendy Wasserstein, and most recently, Cat in the City, an illustrated novel for young readers. The Village Temple has been an important part of her life for 20 years, along with her husband Bill Abrams and their children Roxie and Eli. Since 2013, Julie has been honored to serve as temple co-president.

Nelly SzlachterNelly Szlachter

I am a physician, mother and grandmother. I live and work in this area and became a member of the Village Temple five years ago. The most important reasons for joining were the sense of comunity, the fact that it is egalitarian and socially progressive and its commitment to Israel. I have not been disilusioned. At the temple, you have a feeling of family and warmth and you feel that during services and other activities which are beautiful and at times awe-inspiring.

Sandy Knell TamnySandi Knell Tamny

Sandi is from Ohio but kept a NYC apartment for 28 years; four years ago she moved here full time. She joined The Village Temple in 2006 and then the board. She is a regular at Friday night services, which she finds to be a high point of her week. Holder of a degree in mechanical engineering, Sandi spent most of her professional career as an industrial designer, including 30 years as co-principal with her husband in an engineering firm; she led design teams that were responsible for developing the electric knife, the four-wheel golf cart, industrial street sweepers, industrial glue guns and a series of medical devices. After her husband’s death in 2003, Sandi returned to school for a fine art degree. Her creations-- jewelry, sculptural works, prints and drawings— have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Jill WilkinsonJill Wilkinson

Jill Wilkinson is proud to be serving on the Board and the Executive Committee of the The Village Temple. She is excited to focus her time on the Religious School with the hopes of making the experiences for our children (and their parents!) as enriching and rewarding as possible. Jill is an Assistant Vice President at MetLife, where she has spent the majority of her career (20+ years) and resides with her husband, Andrew, and three daughters, Anna, Ella and Emily near Union Square.