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Our Clergy and Staff

Rabbi Rachel Weiss

Rabbi Rachel Weiss

Pronouns: she/her

Rachel Weiss joined JRC in August of 2016. Rabbi Weiss is known for her commitment to Jewish life that is creative, connective, and deep. She brings her warmth and energy to life cycle officiation and pastoral counseling, is an innovative teacher of Torah, and a passionate spiritual leader. Rabbi Rachel is a Spanish speaker,  a proficient communicator in sign language, a skilled calligrapher, and a tremendous chef. Click here to learn more.

If you would like to contact Rabbi Weiss, please email info@jrctogether.org. In the case of a death or other pastoral emergency, please text or leave a message at 847-497-5201 and a member of the clergy team will get back to you.

 

Cantor Howard Friedland

Cantor Howard Friedland

Pronouns: he/him

Howard Friedland has served as JRC’s cantor since 2001.

His caring and compassionate spirit, curiosity, and concern for people and his deep love for JRC inform all that he does for our community.  Cantor Howard can talk with you about Jewish liturgical music, books, theater and SHOES! His collection of boots is impressive. Click here to learn more.

If you would like to contact Cantor Friedland, please email Cantor@jrctogether.org. In the case of a death or other pastoral emergency, please text or leave a message at 847-497-5201 and a member of the clergy team will get back to you.

Executive Director Micky Baer

Executive Director Micky Baer

Pronouns: she/her

Micky has been JRC’s Executive Director since May 2020, and already her positive energy and attitude, and collaborative spirit have radiated throughout our community. With over twenty years as a not-for-profit leader, Micky has extensive experience managing operations, mentoring staff, and optimizing a sense of community.

Micky loves to hear from the JRC community for any reason! Contact Micky if you have a question about your membership, your financial account, the budget, finances for your committee, if you expect to enter into a legal agreement with another organization or vendor, if you want to include sales (i.e. tickets or books) at your event, or if you can’t find an answer to your question, or if you just want to say hello. Click here to learn more.

Email: mbaer@jrctogether.org
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2224

 

Director of Education Lauren Reeves

Director of Education Lauren Reeves

Pronouns she/her

We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Reeves to JRC and Kehillah in July. With years of experience in educational leadership, Lauren is passionate about Jewish life and children, and dedicated to developing energetic, high quality Jewish learning experiences that are creative, interactive, and experiential. Lauren believes that Judaism is meaningful and accessible to learners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Lauren has a BA from Emory University and an MPA from Georgia State University. She, her husband Rabbi Frederick Reeves, and their children are often reading, biking, or exploring the neighborhood.

Contact Lauren if you are looking for information about Kehillah, teen programming, or young family engagement (or if you just want to say hello and welcome her to JRC!)

Email: lreeves@jrctogether.org 
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2234,

 

Alex Ellett, Kehillah Administrative Assistant

Alex Ellett, Kehillah Administrative Assistant

Pronouns, they/them

In this part-time role, Alex works to ensure smooth operations and excellent customer service for all Kehillah families, and they are our resident tech wiz! Alex recently moved to Chicago to live with their Fiancee and “too many cats.” Prior to joining the staff at JRC, they served as a front desk receptionist for various JCC’s both in Chicago and Utah. As a child of a military father, Alex grew up all over the country. Outside of work, you can often find them gardening, photographing insects and plants, and creating all kinds of art.

Email: aellett@jrctogether.org
Phone: 847-328-7678

Miguel Abonce, Head Custodian

Miguel Abonce, Head Custodian

Everything else: email us at info@jrctogether.org or call the office at 847-328-7678 and we’ll find the right person for you to talk with!