Union for Reform Judaism Member Congregation

Board of Trustees

UT Leadership

An extraordinary group of members who bring a wealth of experience in law, finance, education, social services, management, and Jewish life to their work, the UT Board of Trustees meets monthly to guide our operations.

Officers

Photo of Beatrice Hanks Beatrice Hanks President
Beatrice Hanks is a Jew by choice and has been a member since 2003. She previously served as Treasurer and as chair of the Social Action and Membership Committees. After many years in magazine circulation, notably as Senior Vice President at Black Enterprise Magazine, Bea recently launched a second career as a medical coder. She is married to Stephen, a magazine executive and budding cabaret producer. Their daughter, Jean, was called to the torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Union Temple and is currently pursuing graduate studies in nutrition.
Photo of Abe Barnett Abe Barnett Vice President
Abe Barnett has been a Temple member since 1997. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and Vice President of Brotherhood. With a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.A. from NYU, Abe has a background in both education and business, and is sole proprietor of AB Architectural Products. Abe’s main interest is music, especially singing and playing guitar with his folk rock band, Left Foot In. He is married to Anna Schiavone, a Program Manager at MetLife. Abe is proud of his daughter Ariel, who was called to the torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Union Temple, and is now receiving her M.S. in School Counseling from SUNY Oneonta.
Photo of Ellen Kolikoff Ellen Kolikoff Vice President
Ellen Kolikoff has been a member since 1996 and currently serves on the Communications and Membership committees. After earning a B.A. from Brooklyn College, Ellen began a long career in direct marketing including 18 years at Time Warner. She currently is co-principal of Creative Solutions NY LLC, a marketing and media company. Ellen lives with her husband Arnold Kolikoff; their daughter Julia, who was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Union Temple and is a graduate of Drew University; and three cats, one of which also attended Drew.  
Photo of Jeffrey G. Stein Jeffrey G. Stein Vice-President
Jeffrey Stein has been a Temple member since 1985. He serves as Chair of the Investment Committee and also coordinates Fourth Fridays. Jeff is an attorney with J.D. and L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law and a B.A. and M.S. in Education from Cornell University. He is General Counsel of the employee benefit plans for members of 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East. He is married to Denise Waxman, who is a retired attorney and communications director. Jeff and Denise have two daughters, Abbe and Meredith, both of whom were named and called to the torah as Bat Mitzvah at Union Temple.  
Photo of Robert Newhouser Robert Newhouser Treasurer
Robert Newhouser has been a Temple member since 2010. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Adult Education Committee and member of the Religious Practices Committee. Bob is Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives at MTA New York City Transit and has held previous positions in its Planning and Budget divisions. Bob lives with his partner Alex Davidson in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Photo of Steven Segall Steven Segall Secretary
Steven Segall, a Temple member since 1999, also serves as president of the Brotherhood. Steven is an Assistant Attrony General specializing on workers’ compensation appeals in the New York Attorney General’s Office. He is married to Mark Silverstein and they have a son, Leo Silverstein, a student at Utica College. Leo was called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah at Union Temple when he was 13 years old, as was Steven, when he was an adult.