Beth Inlander, President
Beth and her husband David joined Temple Sholom 22 years ago when their children, Michael and Amy, were of the age to start religious school. They stayed through B’nai Mitzvah’s, weddings, and beyond, and she always felt great joy in the sense of connection at Temple Sholom, both in the traditions and the wonderful and warm Temple community. Beth has been an active participant in Adult Education and served as Sisterhood President during a time membership grew by over 50% (she is still on the Sisterhood advisory board). Professionally, Beth spent her career in the Financial Services Industry, retiring recently after 30+ years at Bank of America (nee Continental Bank) where she was a Senior Vice President in Risk Management. She grew up in Highland Park and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with departmental honors from Northwestern University, majoring in Psychology. Later, she received her MBA from Chicago Booth where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honorary society. Beth and her husband David, who is the managing partner of the law firm of Fischel and Kahn Ltd., live in Lincoln Park. Their son, Michael, his wife, Lani, and their grandson, Max, reside in Washington D.C., where Michael works for the Department of Treasury and Lani is a fashion stylist. Their daughter Amy is an account supervisor in public relations for Edelman in their Healthcare Group.
To contact Beth you may email her at President@sholomchicago.org
Jackie Lustig, Vice President
Jackie has been a Temple Sholom member since 1992, is a retired attorney working part-time as an Administrative Law Judge, mediator and mediation skills trainer. Her Temple interests focus on social action initiatives such as Yachad and the Monday Meal. She is the President-elect of the Center for Conflict Resolution, a Chicago not-for-profit that provides mediation and mediation training services. Jackie is married to the ever-patient Christopher Hallett and stepmother to Vanessa and Ben Hill and Jessica and Wayne Swanton and Trophy Bubbe to Isaac.
Joseph Morris, Vice President
Joseph A. Morris has been a member of Temple Sholom since the early 1990s and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the congregation since the mid-1990s. He has chaired the Worship Committee and a special Liturgy Workshop that studied and experimented with various approaches to the prayerbook. He is a partner in the law firm of Morris & De La Rosa, served under President Reagan as Assistant Attorney General of the United States and Director of the Department of Justice Office of Liaison Services, in which capacity he was a top assistant for the Attorney General. He has also been an American delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He is a Director of the American Conservative Union and is the past Chairman and President of the United Republican Fund of Illinois. Also, he was the 1994 nominee of the Republican Party for President of the Cook County Board. Reared at Temple Israel of Gary, Indiana, he served there on the Board of Directors, chaired the Ritual Committee, and, for seven years, served as principal of the temple’s religious and Hebrew school. He was the founder and first chairman of the B’nai B’rith International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy, based in Washington, D.C., and served for three years as the President of B’nai B’rith’s Midwest Region, based in Chicago. Mr. Morris is an alumnus of the College and the Law School of The University of Chicago. He is married to Kathleen Morris, a Roman Catholic, who serves as the Pastoral Assistant at St. Ignatius Church. The Morrises reside in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago and are grandparents of a two-year-old granddaughter.
Craig Niederberger, Vice-President - Chair, Technology Committee
Craig has been a Temple Sholom Member since 2003. He serves as the Chair of the Technology Committee for Temple Sholom, and is also particularly interested in increasing engagement for those in the best, second half of life. Professionally, Craig is the Head of the Department of Urology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also a professor in the Department of Bioengineering, in the College of Engineering where he develops medical devices. Craig’s subspecialty is caring for men who experience difficulty with fertility, and Craig is Co-Editor in Chief of the journal, Fertility and Sterility. Craig is married to the gorgeous and astoundingly brilliant Karen Lewak, and has two daughters, Claire, who just finished her Freshman year at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Lia, who at the time of this writing is in the midst of her Freshman finals at Jones College Prep High School. Both are absolutely beautiful geniuses, according to a completely unbiased Father's perspective.
Steven Wolf, Treasurer - Chair, Budget Committee
Steve’s family joined Temple Sholom thirteen years ago and their children, as well as his wife, Barbara, had their B'nai Mitzvahs at the synagogue. Steve has been a Board Member at the temple for four years and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer. For the past twelve years, Steve has been on the Board of Governors of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), a URJ camp located in Oconomoc, Wisconsin, where he also went to camp and worked on staff for seven summers. In addition, Steve is on the Budget and Investment committees as well as the Westlawn board. In his professional life, Steve is co-chairman, and managing partner of TradeLink LLC, a diversified investment and proprietary trading firm. The firm was founded in 1979 and Steve has been a principal since 1983. In addition, Steve is a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In addition, for the last four years Steve has served on the Advancement Council of the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center. Steve was born in Hyde Park and grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago and then Homewood. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana where he studied Economics, Finance, and Computer Science. He now lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood with Barbara, who practiced law and now is a high school English teacher. Steve and Barbara have three children, Aaron, Margaret, and Carrie.
David Lipschultz, Secretary
In 2000, David met Arin Stone, whose family has been actively involved in Temple Sholom for decades. It was then that David began his own investment in Temple Sholom. In the months after the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe, David created a nonprofit organization, Civic Partnerships, which teamed up with various American institutions and brought Americans to Czechoslovakia to teach and train Czech students, professionals, business and organizations skills in nonprofit management, business, English language, and other areas of expertise. David was eventually hired by the Czech Helsinki Committee, a human rights organization founded by Vaclav Havel and other dissidents as an underground movement. David was born and raised in Lakeview. He attended Anshe Emet Day School, Francis W. Parker High School, and Indiana University. During college he spent a year abroad at the Richmond College of London, where he worked for a Member of Parliament. After his college graduation, with a degree in political science, David lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked at a prominent think tank, the Atlantic Council. After obtaining his law degree from DePaul, David worked as a staff attorney at a legal aid organization providing legal services to victims of domestic violence. Since 2004 he has been a civil rights attorney in private practice. Married by Rabbi Petuchowski in 2003, David and Arin have a four year old son, Micah.
Roger Rudich, Past President
Roger and his wife Teri, a retired elementary school teacher, joined Temple Sholom in 1987 in order to give their sons Robert (then five) and Ryan (then two) the Jewish education neither he nor his wife had growing up. The family immediately became involved in a variety of Temple Sholom activities including family education, adult education, and holiday celebrations. Roger joined the Temple Board in 2001, and following three years as Treasurer, served as President from 2007 to 2009. He currently serves on the Executive Committee, Westlawn Board, Lakeshore Jewish Funeral Board and the Investment Committee. Additionally, he chairs the Nominating and Heritage Committees. Roger has been a personal injury and worker’s compensation lawyer in Chicago for over thirty years. He is currently a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Decalogue Society of Lawyer and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of United States in 1979. Following graduation from the University of Illinois, Urbana he received a law degree from De Paul University, Chicago in 1974. Roger volunteered as a coach and administrator for the American Youth Soccer Organization, Chicago Lake Front Region, for ten years in the l980's and 1990's. He is a Past President and current Executive Committee member of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago, an organization founded in 1940, dedicated to the study of all aspects of the American Civil War. He is a cofounder and emeritus board member of the Chicago Photography Center, a not for profit photography school located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Program in Jewish Cultural and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
William N. Anspach
Alice Berger - Chair, Membership Committee
Edwards Buice - Chair, Am Keshet (LGBT)
Foster David Dale - Chair, House Committee
Amy B. Dean
Scott J. Fisher
Dr. Cheryl M. Gutmann
Barry L. Kroll
Joseph Levy, Jr.
Mathew W. MacCumber, MD
Michael Stein - Chair, Investment Committee
Helene Kohn (Ex-Officio Director/Past President)
Stuart (Sandy) Kaufman
Marshall A. Warshauer
Allyn Okun (Brotherhood President)
Cyndi Solitro (Sisterhood President)