Our Clergy

Rabbi Donald RossoffInterim Rabbi Donald Rossoff, D.D., RJE
Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff comes to JRC from Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, New Jersey, where he was the spiritual leader for 25 years. He holds Masters Degrees in Hebrew Letters and Hebrew Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Jewish Studies from Spertus College of Judaica. He was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1981 and served at Temple Sholom in Chicago from 1981-1990. Rabbi Rossoff was Chair of the MetroWest Rabbinic Cabinet and served on the Executive Board of UJC MetroWest. He has been on the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and chaired its Israel Committee, Resolutions Committee, and 2009 Israel Convention. He received the “Ohev Yisrael Award–Lover of Israel” by the national ARZA Rabbinic Counsel. He has also served on faculty for the URJ’s Camp Harlam and Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. Rabbi Rossoff has been involved in many other Boards and committees of the Reform Movement and Jewish Federation, as well as local organizations including the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter Clergy Partnership Advisory Board, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee, which awarded him for his dedication to the community.

Rabbi Rossoff has published a children’s book on spirituality, The Perfect Prayer, and contributed chapters to The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History, edited by Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz and Chosen Tales: Stories Told by Jewish Storytellers, edited by Peninnah Schram. His latest publications, an article entitled “Visions for a New/Old Reform Yizkor Service” and a poem, “What If…” appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism. As a musician, he published Adonai Li, a musical setting of Psalm 118:6 (with Cantor Bruce Benson), and the lyrics for “You Can Change the World” (with Cantor Jeff Klepper), and has performed and recorded with a variety of groups, including Kol Sasson and Kol B’Seder.

His wife, Francine Rossoff, RN, is originally from Skokie. They have four children, Marc, Jenna, Ilana and Nathaniel.

You can contact Rabbi Don at [email protected].


Howard Friedland head shotCantor 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].