|Bill Abrams, Financial Secretary
Bill 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 has two 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.
|Fred 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.
|David Caceres, Treasurer
David has been a member of the Village Temple since 2015. 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.
Barbara has been a member of the Village temple since 2002 along with her husband, Alan Brown and their children, Julia and Sara. She has over 30 years experience in the healthcare industry and is currently assisting a new non-profit that works to serve adolescent girls of West Africa impacted by the Ebola virus. Barbara 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 few years, she has co-chaired the Interfaith Committee. She also organizes and participates in the Saturday bread pick-up for the Soup Kitchen. She is currently also a member of New York Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board.
Rachel and her husband, David Friedman, have been members of the Village Temple since 2004. They were drawn to the down to earth community and spiritual religious services. Rachel and David are now the proud parents of Emily (2005) and Isabel (2008) who have attended VT religious school (since age 4) and are now active members of the Children’s Choir. Rachel has served in several leadership positions within her children’s school communities. Additionally, Rachel has professional experience in Project Management, Sales & Marketing.
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 and Aviva.
Gabrielle and her 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 and Mason, 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.
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 has been a member of The Village Temple for the past five years. She actively participated in the VT Interim Rabbi Search Committee and is currently the head 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.)
Katherine Lipton is a lawyer, and she is currently the head of legal for Commercial Real Estate, within the Commercial Bank at JPMorgan Chase. She is also the Chair of JPMC’s Global Pro Bono Committee. She serves on the boards of two other not-for profits, Fountain House and Pro Bono Partnership. Katherine is married to Alex Lipman, and their children, Naomi and Sophie Lipman, are currently enrolled in the Village Temple Religious School. Katherine and her family have been members of Village Temple for about 7 years.
Laura is an executive director at JPMorgan Chase. She and her family joined the Village temple 2 years ago. Her son William (10) attends religious school and loves singing in the children’s choir. Laura enjoys attending services and choir performances. She is also an avid college football, college basketball, and baseball fan and enjoys traveling.
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 is a private investor specializing in business work-outs and redevelopment of Brownfields properties. His daughter Lucy attended VT Religious School and is now in college. They have been Village Temple members since 2002.
Lia 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.
Dana is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan. Growing up in Long Island, her family belonged to a large, traditional, conservative temple. As an adult, being part of an interfaith couple, she was seeking a temple community where her husband would feel comfortable and their children would receive a quality Jewish education. The Village Temple was welcoming and felt like the right balance for their family. Their older daughter loves attending teen programs, and their younger daughter is in the Hebrew school. She is excited to serve on the temple board and be part of a wonderful community.
|Carole Sadler, Vice President and Counsel
Carole 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 is an author and journalist, who has been a reporter and critic for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her many books include Wendy and the Lost Boys, the New York Times best-selling biography of Wendy Wasserstein, and most recently, An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer. 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.
Julie Safer Cooper
Nelly is a physician, mother and grandmother. She lives and works in this area and became a member of the Village Temple eight 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. “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.”
|Sandi 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, Co-President
Jill is proud to now be serving as Co-President of the Village Temple and third term on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. She previously served on the Religious School Committee, Membership Committee and Nomination Committee. Jill, her husband Andrew and three daughters, Anna, Ella, and Emily have been Village Temple members for over 15 years. All three girls have attended religious school and sung in the children’s choir and have had their Bat Mitzvahs at the Temple. Jill has spent her entire career in the insurance industry and currently is Vice President in Prudential’s Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs Department. Jill and her family reside near Union Square.