Meet the Temple Sholom Board of Directors

David Lipschultz


David was born and raised in Temple Sholom’s very own Lakeview neighborhood. David’s wife, Arin Stone, and her family are long time Sholom members and Arin started bringing David to Temple Sholom when they first met in 2001. David has been in love with both Arin and the Temple since then.

David joined the Temple’s board of directors in 2009 and became an officer in 2011. David co-chaired the Temple’s Social Justice Committee, has served on its Development Committee, and co-chaired the Visioning Committee — a precursor to the Temple’s current strategic planning process that is intended to transform the Temple to insure its vitality for decades to come. David and Arin have a son, Micah, who knows his way around the Temple better than his parents do. David is a civil rights attorney and a hard core Cub fan.

John Bremen

Vice President

John Bremen has been part of the Temple Sholom community since the early 1990s, when he attended services and other events with member Lara Frohlich, who he later married. Since then, Temple Sholom has been an integral part of the lives of John, Lara, and their sons, from baby naming ceremonies and Gan Shalom, to religious school, adult education, Bar Mitzvah preparation, and social justice activities. After being part of the Temple Sholom Visioning team, John joined the Board, and later the Executive Committee, where he co-chaired Strategic Planning.

John is Managing Director and senior business leader at a large, global professional services firm. He also consults to boards and senior executives of the world’s most complex organizations. John received a B.A. and an MBA from Northwestern University, where he and Lara met as undergraduates. Lara has been a faculty member at the Latin School of Chicago since graduate school. John, Lara, and their boys are proud residents of Chicago’s North Side.

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.

Marc Kaufman


Marc Kaufman has been a member of Temple Sholom since 2004. Marc and his husband, Bill Healey, were married at Temple Sholom in 2010 by Rabbi Conover and Cantor Katzman.

The Wedding was a transformative experience for them even having been together for 23 years. (Cantor Katzman renewed their vows March of 2014 when marriage equality came to fruition). Marc has been involved with Worship Committee, the last few galas, senior Rabbi, Cantor and Assistant Rabbi search committees. Marc is the Director of Catering at The Ritz Carlton Chicago. Marc is from Madison, Wisconsin where his family still resides.
The synagogue has become an integral part of Bill and Marc’s spiritual and social life.

Pamela Narins

Assistant Secretary

Pamela, her husband, and their two children have been members of Temple Sholom for almost 20 years, and really view the Temple Sholom community as a second home, a second place, and a second family.

Pamela has been involved in Temple activities in many ways. Prior to having the privilege to be part of the Executive Committee of the board, Pamela was President of the Temple Sholom Sisterhood. Additionally, she learned to read Hebrew through the adult education program (her lack of fluency cannot be blamed on her teacher’s valiant efforts), was a proud Gan Shalom parent, tried her hand at Mahjong, enjoyed participating in the Book Club and, most importantly, has found a place of meaningful spiritual expression in ways large and small.

A University of Chicago-schooled political scientist by training, Pamela is an independent marketing consultant, a terrible, but enthusiastic skier, and a lover of travel. She returns home to her native NYC whenever she can, to enjoy real bagels.

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.

Craig Niederberger

Past President

Craig has been a Temple Sholom Member since 2003. Professionally, Craig is the Clarence C. Saelhof Professor and Head of the Department of Urology in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also a professor in the Department of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering.

Craig is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of NexHand, a medical device company. As a practicing urologist, 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. He is editor of the books Infertility in the Male, 4th edition, and An Introduction to Male Reproductive Medicine. Craig is married to Karen Lewak, and has two daughters, Claire and Lia. Both are absolutely beautiful geniuses, according to a completely unbiased Father’s perspective.
William Anspach
Audra Berg – Chair Religious Education Committee
Alice Berger
Edwards Buice – Chair, Or Chadash (LGBT)
Jack Calabro
Mark Davis
Steve Fadem
Scott Fisher
Irene Goldstein
* Dr. Cheryl M. Gutmann
David Jasmer
Lilli Kornblum
Barry L. Kroll
Aaron Rios- Lebowitz
Karen Lewis
Stuart Litwin
Pam Lookatch
Jeff Luchs
Matty Major
Matt McQuiston
Kimberly Pendo
Cliff Scott-Rudnick
Jed Silberg
David Starr
Michael Stein – Chair, Investment Committee
Rob Stein
Julie Walner
Sherry Weil
*Denotes Past President
Julie Paradise, Sisterhood President
Allyn Okun, Brotherhood
* Beth Inlander
* Roger Rudich
*Denotes Past President
Gerald F. Bayer
* Stuart R. Kaufman
* Frederic S. Lane
Joseph Levy, Jr.
Harold L. Sherman
Mashall A. Warshauer
*Denotes Past President