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Phyllis Sommer
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Attends Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Another New Year
Here we are. Another new year. I couldn't help but spend the last week remembering the new year that ended 2012 and began 2013. Sam was in remission. We spent the day hanging out with friends, going to a soccer game, and I remember a rousing game of Scrabbl...
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Still Here After 730 Days
I'm not over it. I'm not through it. It hasn't gotten any better. It hasn't gotten any easier. I'm not used to it. You think you can "get used to anything." After all, the hospital became our "new normal." But this? Not used to it. There is always always al...
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Just Not Okay
Dear Sammy, Today you would be over the moon. Double-digits. I can't even imagine how proud you would be to join your big brother in the double-digit-club and leave your little sibs behind in the single-digits. Yes, I imagine that you would continue to want...
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Too Late
There was a long while in which I really thought Sam was just going to walk in the door one day. You know, I'd look up, and there he would be. But the other day, I had a terrible thought.  If he came back now, would we recognize him? Or worse, would he reco...
There was a long while in which I really thought Sam was just going to walk in the door one day. You know, I'd look up, and there he would be. But the other day, I had a terrible thought.  If he came back now, would we r...
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#BlogElul 24: Hope
"a feeling of expectation" "a desire for a certain thing to happen" what do you do when hope leaves? how do you continue to believe in it? what do you do without it? The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of ren...
"a feeling of expectation" "a desire for a certain thing to happen" what do you do when hope leaves? how do you continue to believe in it? what do you do without it? The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days...
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Books Read in 2015
I love to look back over the book post from each year . It's so weird to imagine my own life through the books I've read. Some of these, I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing while reading the books. Some of these, I only remember because ...
I love to look back over the book post from each year. It's so weird to imagine my own life through the books I've read. Some of these, I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing while reading the books. Some of ...
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Revising History
Oh, I have so much to tell you. So many things to write about. And yet this is the one that wrote itself this morning: Last night....the Cubs lost. And Yael said: "Sammy would have been so sad. He loved the Cubs." And here, my friends, is where revisionist ...
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#BlogElul 29: Return
Today we return to the beginning. To the Rosh of the year, to the head where it all starts. And yet this day has nothing to do with our heads. And everything to do with our hearts. May our hearts be open to the newness of the year. May our hearts be filled ...
Today we return to the beginning. To the Rosh of the year, to the head where it all starts. And yet this day has nothing to do with our heads. And everything to do with our hearts. May our hearts be open to the newness of the...
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#BlogElul 25: Intend
Intention matters. I meant to do it. I thought I would. I intended to be there. I planned to make it happen. Intention matters. Until we don't follow through. Then it's just lost in the wind.... The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, i...
Intention matters. I meant to do it. I thought I would. I intended to be there. I planned to make it happen. Intention matters. Until we don't follow through. Then it's just lost in the wind.... The Jewish month of Elul, whic...
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#BlogElul 21: Love
I look over and watch him. And he feels my gaze, looks back at me. Love. It lifts and holds me. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for ...
I look over and watch him. And he feels my gaze, looks back at me. Love. It lifts and holds me. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chanc...
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Rabbi Mama
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  • Am Shalom
    Associate Rabbi, 2003 - present
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Highwood, IL
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Brown Deer, WI - Cincinnati, OH - Jerusalem
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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