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 at 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.

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Jerry Arbittier

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.


Leah Cohen

Leah Cohen is a fundraising professional and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University. Prior to this, she was the Director of Major Gifts at American Ballet Theatre. With husband Michael, Leah has two children enrolled in the VT religious school: Max (9) and Stella (6). Leah and Michael have been attending services at the Village Temple for nearly ten years, and became members as their children entered the Parparim program.

David Caceres
David has been a member of the Village Temple for the past three years. He is a banker with approximately 30 years’ experience in finance. He served as Co-Chair on the Rabbi Search Committee beginning in Summer 2016, and joined the Finance Committee in April 2017.  He lives in the neighborhood with his wife, Carol, and twin daughters, Abby and Alix. Abby and Alix love Hebrew School at VT.
Fred BaschFred Basch, Co-President

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 past 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.

GreenbergMarlowe Greenberg

Marlowe has worked with nonprofit organizations and local governments as a consultant, educator and technology executive with a focus on the philosophical and change-management issues that occur with the integration of new technologies and programs. Presently, he is the CEO of Foothold Technology where he shapes many of the partnerships that help Foothold serve its client agencies. Marlowe was previously a partner in the Flores Greenberg Consulting Group, where he directed projects for organizations such as Cisco Systems, Inc., the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the City of Detroit. He also taught Microeconomics and Education Policy as well as a project-based class for graduate students at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. Marlowe is married to Yasmina Zaidman and has 2 children, Elia (9) and Aviva (7).


GabrielleGabrielle Haskell

Gabrielle’s family have been members of VT since 2007. She has served on both the Religious School Committee and Rabbi Search Committee. Her husband is Steve and children, Suzanne (17) and Mason (13), both attended VT Religious School since Pre-K/Kindergarten and became b’nai mitzvah at VT. Gabrielle is an attorney and works in-house at News Corporation.

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 the Rabbi’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, Co-President

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 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.

Marina Levin

Marina has been a member of The Village Temple for the past four years. She actively participated in the VT Interim Rabbi Search Committee and is currently a member of the Religious School Committee and was a member of the Rabbi Search Committee. Marina is a mom to three pretty awesome kids and wife to a better than average guy. They reside in Chelsea. Marina loves all things food and enjoys traveling. She lives for her family and is in love with New York City. In her spare time, Marina is a business data and systems analyst. (She also takes every opportunity to attempt to be clever, sarcastic and funny, testing out her material on family, friends and unsuspecting Village Temple congregants.)



Karen Palevsky

Karen’s connection to the Village Temple goes back to 1991 when she and her husband Jay were married by Rabbi Dennis Math in the VT sanctuary. They and their two sons Benjamin and Daniel (fraternal twins), have been temple members since 1998, and their sons attended religious school and had a “double Bar Mitzvah” at VT. While they live in Gramercy, they gravitated towards the vibrant religious, family and community spirit found here. Professionally, Karen manages a private practice as a Clinical Career Counselor, working with adults on career assessment and planning, job search planning and transition, resume/CV drafting; and is also a consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison’s senior executive practice where she drafts executive resumes, bios, board profiles and other communications materials.

Jamil June 2016Jamil Simon

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

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 clinical 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 teen programs, and our younger daughter is in the Hebrew school.  I am excited to be joining the temple board and being able to be part of a wonderful community.

Carole Sadler, Vice President and Counsel

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

Julie SalamonJulie Salamon

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. From 2013-2018, Julie was 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 seven years ago. The most important reasons for joining were the sense of community, the fact that it is egalitarian and socially progressive and its commitment to Israel. I have not been disillusioned. 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; six years ago she moved here full-time. She joined The Village Temple in 2006 and then the board soon after. 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 Wilkinson, Vice-President

Jill Wilkinson is proud to be serving her third term on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of The Village Temple. She previously served on the Religious School Committee and currently leads the Membership Committee and Nomination Committee.  Jill and her husband Andrew and three daughters, Anna (age 17) , Ella (age 15) and Emily (age 12) have been Village Temple members for ~15 years.  All three girls have attended religious school and sung in the children’s choir and have had (will have) their Bat Mitzvahs at the Temple.  Jill spent the majority of her career (26 years) at MetLife and recently started a new job as Vice President in Prudential’s Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs Department.  Jill and her family reside near Union Square.