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Phyllis Sommer
Works at Am Shalom
Attends Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Lives in Highwood, IL
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#BlogElul and #ElulGram 2015
For the last few years, I've embarked on a project, and invited the social media world to join with me. #BlogElul and #Elulgram have inspired, informed, and offered a little bit of additional introspection across the internet for the last few years. By popu...
For the last few years, I've embarked on a project, and invited the social media world to join with me. #BlogElul and #Elulgram have inspired, informed, and offered a little bit of additional introspection across the interne...
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Not Forgetting
Remember, we talk about Sam all the time. And every so often, when it feels like we've gone several days without talking about Sam, Solly will pipe up with, "I think I'm forgetting Sammy." I think he means, "hey, folks, you haven't talked about him in the l...
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No one who knew Sammy will ever forget him. No one who knows You will ever forget him either.
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June, Again
June is the beginning of summer. June is moving onto the next grade and saying goodbye to teachers and packing up the locker. June is popsicles on the porch and the sandbox open and the hoses spraying. June is finding the sandals and hats and sunscreen. Jun...
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Unwelcome
Dear Ed and Nadia and Olivia, I ever-so-much wish that I wasn't welcoming you to this awful club, this community of those left behind in the terrible backwash of childhood cancer. So we'll call this an "unwelcome letter." Emily's face on the front page of t...
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Dead is Dead: Euphemism and the Power of Words
So...this happened last month:  https://youtu.be/UUqr4P7P3gM (You have to click over to help increase my "views" on YouTube!) There have been so many things that this blog has allowed me to say, and so many ways that it has allowed me to write and teach abo...
So...this happened last month: https://youtu.be/UUqr4P7P3gM (You have to click over to help increase my "views" on YouTube!) There have been so many things that this blog has allowed me to say, and so many ways that it has al...
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Crystal Clear
Some days stand out, crystal-clear, in my mind. Like this one, three years ago: We went to the park. It was a newish park, and new-to-us. It was a beautiful, slightly chilly spring day, as you can see by the hoodies and jackets. It was Passover, and I remem...
Some days stand out, crystal-clear, in my mind. Like this one, three years ago: We went to the park. It was a newish park, and new-to-us. It was a beautiful, slightly chilly spring day, as you can see by the hoodies and...
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Wishing Flower
Ooh! Ooh! A wishing flower! One for Yael and one for me. What are you guys going to wish for? For Sammy to come back. Yeah, me too. Last year: Ephemeral Moments Two years ago: Heat Wave Three years ago: To Shabbat and Beyond Four years ago: Gotta Love All G...
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#StepUp for Sammy
Two summers ago, we were living in the Ronald McDonald House and Sam had a morning bone marrow biopsy scheduled. These required that Sam be "NPO," which is hospital-speak for "starve your kid." His NPO started at 5:30am, I believe. Anyway, the point of this...
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Inspiration
It's been a busy month around here. Today I was honored for "vision and inspiration," by the American Committee for the Weitzman Institute for Science . This is an incredible research facility in Israel that is engaged in cutting-edge medical and scientific...
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Dear Sammy
Dear Sammy, Have I mentioned lately how much I miss you? Yep. I meet people all the time who tell me how inspirational you have been to them. I nod, I smile. I don't cry, usually. But what do I really want to say? I want to ask them to imagine how much more...
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Snippets
Snippets of the last couple of weeks... The last Passover we spent with Sammy... The way he loved the frogs and the silliness, how he really didn't like matzah at all... Remembering him and knowing there's always an empty seat at our table. We gathered toge...
Snippets of the last couple of weeks... The last Passover we spent with Sammy... The way he loved the frogs and the silliness, how he really didn't like matzah at all... Remembering him and knowing there's always an empty sea...
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Rabbi Mama
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  • Am Shalom
    Associate Rabbi, 2003 - present
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Highwood, IL
Previously
Brown Deer, WI - Cincinnati, OH - Jerusalem
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rabbi-mama
Introduction
I am a mama of 4 beautiful children and married to a wonderful man. I am blessed to work as a rabbi at a wonderful congregation on the northshore of Chicago, Am Shalom in Glencoe. I teach Torah and share life-events with my congregants and my family, and I blog about my escapades in real-life Jewish parenting and living.

I firmly believe that Jewish life, like all life, is not "all or nothing" and I try to demonstrate this in my own actions and teaching.

Education
  • Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
    Certificate in Jewish Education, present
  • Hebrew Union College
    Rabbinics, 1998 - 2003
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Journalism, 1994 - 1998
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Sklar