Clergy and Professional Staff

Rabbi Jeffrey Weill has been the rabbi of Ezra Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation since July 2012.  

Prior to entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Weill was an advocacy and community relations specialist for Jewish organizations, including the Jewish United Fund-Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the American Jewish Committee. In 2001, Rabbi Weill participated in the United Nations' 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.

Rabbi Weill, a New Jersey native, earned a BA with honors in 1987 from Brandeis University, where he majored in English and American Literature.  He graduated from American University Law School in 1993.

Rabbi Weill received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007.  Prior to joining EHNTJC, Rabbi Weill served as associate rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook.

Rabbi Weill is a member of the Chicago Board of Rabbis Executive Committee and of the President’s Council of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

He loves being a rabbi, viewing every element of the rabbinate – teaching, preaching, service-leading, counseling – as opportunities to bring the depth and joy of Judaism to the world.  He is also intent on building upon the congregation’s wonderful past to create its vibrant future. Since joining EHNTJC, membership has experienced strong and steady growth with a stream of both older and younger members, including many families with school age children.

Rabbi Weill’s wife, Julie, is a strategic planning professional for Just Congregations, an initiative of the Union of Reform Judaism.  Their three children – Betsy, Ruthie and Samuel – and their dog – Lucky – keep them busy.  

Rabbi Weill loves reciting poems to his kids, doing handstands, and playing drums. 

 

Cantor Benjamin Warschawski has been EHNTJC’s cantor since September of 2005.  His impressive tenor voice, kindness and charm imbue our services with warmth and tradition.  Cantor Warschawski is also recognized worldwide for his extraordinary talents in both operatic and cantorial realms. His ability to bring polished, classical style to his cantorial singing and rich, soulful emotion to the operatic stage has prompted many to dub him “this generation’s Richard Tucker.”  The tenor has thrilled audiences in opera houses worldwide in over twenty leading tenor roles.

Benjamin Warschawski began his journey as a cantor to the pulpit as a teenager, singing in the prestigious Beth T’filoh Choir in Baltimore. In 1997 he received the title of Reverend Cantor from the Cantorial Council of America at the Belz School of Music, Yeshiva University. That same year he assumed the pulpit at The Ner Tamid/Greenspring Valley Synagogue in Baltimore, a post he held for five years, followed by a two year position at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida. Cantor Warschawski has concertized with virtually every major cantor and renowned Jewish singer singing today.  A native of Basel, Switzerland, Cantor Warschawski splits his time between Skokie and New York.  He is married to Mezzo-soprano, Heather Johnson, and has a daughter Adina and son Samuel.

 

 

 

Jeanette Sigler joined EHNTJC as the Executive Director in July of 2012. She has worked at various Jewish organizations, including JCC Chicago and Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism in Highland Park. She is a member of CASA (Chicago Area Synagogue Administrators), CASED (Chicago Association of Synagogue Executive Directors) and NAASE (North American Association of Synagogue Executives). Jeanette also participated in the Kellogg Management Education for Jewish Leaders.

Jeanette lives with her twin boys – Seth and Trevor - who are both active in baseball and soccer. One of her greatest joys is cheering them from the sideline.