Union for Reform Judaism Member Congregation

Officers of the Temple

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.


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 Jeffrey G. Stein Jeffrey G. Stein Co-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.