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Lay Leadership

 Board of trustees     Honorary Trustees    Committees 

Executive Committee

  • ELLEN SALANT, President 
  • MARC BERMAN, Vice President 
  • KEN KANFER, Vice President  
  • AUDREY SAMERS, Vice President
  • MAGAN SCHAIN, Vice President 
  • SAM KOHN, Comptroller
  • JOEL WOLFSON. Treasurer 
  • RENANA ROSENBLOOM, Financial Secretary 
  • RANDI KATTAN, Recording Secretary
  • BRUCE WEXLER, Immediate Past President 

Salant.Ellen_0337_TouchedUp500pxELLEN SALANT, PRESIDENT

Ellen has served on the Executive Committee as Vice President and Financial Secretary. She has been a member of the Religious School and Havurat Torah Board, co-chaired the TIC Retreat and Dinner Dance, and served as Sisterhood Torah Fund Chair. She participated on the Cantor Search Committee, recently co-chaired the Assistant Rabbi Search, and currently co-chairs the Membership Committee.  Outside of TIC, Ellen volunteers as a member of the UJA Caring Commission’s Mental Health and Well Being Task Force and is a liaison to the UJA Spiritual Care Advisory Board. She also coaches participants in Volunteer New York’s Job Readiness Through Volunteerism. Ellen and her husband, Bob, joined TIC a little over twenty years ago. Their children, Jennifer, David and Matthew all attended the Religious School and celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah on the TIC bimah. Before leaving her job to become a full time mom, Ellen worked as Manager of Direct Marketing for American Express.

Berman.Marc_8961_TouchedUp500pxMARC BERMAN, VICE PRESIDENT 

Marc served as Comptroller of TIC from 2007-2013 and was responsible for preparing and presenting monthly financial reports to the Board as well as leading the Budget Committee in the creation of the annual budget with our Executive Director. In addition to other activities, Marc was co-chair of the Assistant Rabbi Search Committee, a charter member of the 2nd Century Committee, organizer of TIC's Centennial Final Celebration event, founder of TIC's Kiddush scotch club and coaches TIC's softball team. Marc and his family have been TIC members since 2000. Marc's wife, Danya, is a former co-chair of the Board of TIC's Nursery School, from which their three children graduated.

Kanfer.Kenny_0500_TouchedUp500pxKEN KANFER, VICE PRESIDENT

Ken serves as a Vice-President and previously served as the Treasurer for the TIC synagogue. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the last five years. Ken is a member of the midtown law firm, Snitow Kanfer Holtzer & Millus, LLP where he practices corporate/real estate law and commercial litigation. In 2004, Ken was selected by the Hon. Judith Kaye, then Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, to serve on the Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice. In April 2006, he was appointed by the Hon. Jonathan Lippman, the current Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, to serve as a member of the Advisory Council for the Housing Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York. Ken, his wife, Lauren, and their children, Benjamin and Eli, have been members of TIC since 2003. In April 2010, the Kanfers celebrated Benjamin's becoming a bar mitzvah and look forward to celebrating Eli's simha in November 2013.

Samers.Audrey_8954_TouchedUp500pxAUDREY SAMERS, VICE PRESIDENT

Audrey Samers is currently a Vice President of Temple Israel Center.  She served for four years as the Financial Secretary, and has been active on TIC's Board of Trustees, the Budget Committee, the Family Education Committee, the Shabbat Programming Committee, the Nursery School Board and the "Avodah" sub-committee of the Second Century Committee. She was also a member of UJA-Federation of New York's Board of Directors and the Lawyers Division Executive Committee. She is currently General Counsel of ACE Private Risk Services. Prior to that, she was Global Compliance & Business Ethics Officer for the ACE Group, and previously Deputy Superintendent and General Counsel of the New York State Insurance Department. While at the Insurance Department, she also was Special Counsel on Holocaust-related issues. There she developed New York State's strategy on resolving unpaid Holocaust-era insurance claims against European insurance companies. Audrey and her husband, David Glicksman, have been members of TIC since they moved to White Plains in 2003. Their children, Benjamin and Rebecca, attended the TIC Nursery School and are now students at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.

Schain.Magan_8708_Unretouched500pxMAGAN SCHAIN, VICE PRESIDENT

Magan is currently a Vice President and Executive Committee liaison to the Nursery School. Magan has been an active member of many committees and groups at Temple Israel Center, including the Dinner Dance Committee, the Budget Committee, the Website Committee, and Sisterhood. She has also co-chaired the Nursery School Board, the Nursery School Parents Association, and two Nursery School Director Search Committees. Outside of TIC., Magan is a Vice-President of the PTO at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, a former Area Chair for the White Plains Women's Campaign of UJA-Federation, and she works at Camp Ramah Nyack in the summer. Magan and her husband, Adam, have been members of TIC since 2004.




Joel acts as Treasurer, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, Chair of the Facebook Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Audit Committee, and Budget Committee, and in the past has been a member of the Website, Nominating, and Second Century Committees.  He is a Director and Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, concentrating on financial services’ corporate, commercial, contractual, and intellectual property matters.  His wife, Evie, is also very involved in a variety of Temple Israel Center activities. They have three children, Noah, Gabriel, and Talia, each of whom is involved in Biotechnology or Astrobiology fields.  They moved to the New York area in 2008 from Chevy Chase, Maryland, and have found Temple Israel Center to be a unique, vibrant, spiritual, and welcoming community, in many ways it has become a center for their lives.    



Renana Rosenbloom is currently the Recording Secretary of the Executive Committee. She has been active on the Board of Trustees, the Nursery School Board, the "Avodah" subcommittee of the Second Century Committee, an organizer of the Courtyard Service during the Days of Awe, and is Co-Chair of the Teen Committee. She and her husband, Bob, were married at TIC in 1992 and became members seven years later when they moved to White Plains. Renana's parents, Rabbi Joel and Sandy Meyers, have been members of TIC for over twenty years. Renana's and Bob's two children, Nathaniel and Anna, attended the TIC Nursery School and are currently students at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, Renana was a book editor at John Wiley & Sons in New York City. 


Randi Kattan currently serves as Recording Secretary of the Executive Committee. She has been active on TIC's Board of Trustees and serves on several committees including the Facility Enhancement Committee, Education Council and Membership Committee, for which she created TIC's Ambassador Program. Randi has served as the Co-Chair of the Nursery School Board and remains an active member of its Board and PTO. Randi and her husband Justin joined TIC when they moved to the area nearly six years ago. Their son Abie will graduate from TIC Nursery School this spring and will attend Carmel Academy next year with his older brother Ian, a TIC Nursery School alum. Their youngest son, Aaron, will follow in his brothers' footsteps and begin Mommy & Me classes at the Nursery School in the fall. Randi spends her summers working in Omanut (arts & crafts) at Ramah Nyack. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, Randi was Vice President at Cohn & Wolfe, a top-ten global PR agency, where she specialized in strategic and crisis communications for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

Wexler.Bruce_0474_Unretouched500pxBRUCE WEXLER, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Bruce has held numerous positions at the synagogue including President, Vice President, Co-Chair of the Religious School Board, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Co-Chair of the Dinner Dance Journal and Gabbai on the Days of Awe. TIC has been an important part of his family's life for over 20 years. Bruce is a partner in the law firm of Loeb & Loeb LLP, specializing in Trusts & Estates. His wife, Pam, is Westchester Regional Chair of UJA-Federation of New York. They have two children, Eric who  graduated from law school and Michelle who is starting her senior year at Brandeis University.