Our Clergy

Rabbi Rachel Weiss

Rabbi Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss will be joining JRC on August 1.

She completed rabbinic studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA and did undergraduate studies at Grinnell College in Iowa where she earned a B.A. in Spanish with an interdisciplinary concentration in Gender and Women's Studies.

Rabbi Weiss has taken on many leadership roles in her community, including a current role with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association where she is working with colleagues on issues such as the partner-status policy and the changing vision of the rabbinate.

She is a former rabbinic fellow of JUF’s Jewish Council on Urban Affairs summer program, past supervisor of the Nuestro Center for immigrant families in Highland Park, IL, and recipient of a Character and Leadership award from the North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, IL.

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Cantor Howard Friedland
Howard Friedland has served JRC since 2001. He did undergraduate studies at Indiana University and received his B.F.A. in acting from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University. Howard studied hazzanut with Cantor Cory Winter. Before becoming JRC's cantor, he worked for 20 years as an actor in theater, film and television. Howard is the treasurer and a past president of the Cantors' Hub the association of cantors in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. His wife, Terry Parisoli, is an accomplished violist and teaches music in the Winnetka public schools. They have two children, Hannah Mira and Ben.

You can contact Cantor Howard at [email protected].