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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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On the holiday of Purim, we talk a lot about that which is hidden. Esther is hidden, even in her very name. Her identity, her true self, her origins....all hidden. God is hidden, the Holy Name not mentioned in the story even ...
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Magical Thinking
Sometimes it feels like Sam was just here.  And sometimes it feels like maybe it was all a dream... He's always on my mind, of course, in that way that all of my children are on my mind. Even if they're not with me, I have a pretty good sense of where they ...
Sometimes it feels like Sam was just here.  And sometimes it feels like maybe it was all a dream... He's always on my mind, of course, in that way that all of my children are on my mind. Even if they're not with me, I have a ...
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Last year, I made these rainbow hamantaschen. (I wasn't in the mood to blog.) One of the coolest parts of this recipe (besides how they look!) was the way in which the dough circles were created. It was basically a slic...
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A Long Time
It might just be an algorithm  of the Wii system. This showed up the other day... Yeah, me too. Sigh....it's been such a long time. 423 days to be exact. So many days that I have lost count. I had to look it up. It's been a long time since I've seen him and...
It might just be an algorithm of the Wii system. This showed up the other day... Yeah, me too. Sigh....it's been such a long time. 423 days to be exact. So many days that I have lost count. I had to look it up. It's been a ...
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Snow Day Learning!
Just because we are stuck in our houses on this beautiful snowy morning, doesn't mean that we can't learn together! Thanks to the power of technology, here are two videos, one from Rabbi Pam and one from Rabbi Phyllis, that you can watch together with your ...
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The Name of One Person
by Randi Brill, Am Shalom Board Member and Cuba Trip Participant January
28, 2014 Today
at the United Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Cuba—we remembered. As we stood
at that tiny Holocaust memorial monument just inside the entrance, we said
Kaddish for the ...
by Randi Brill, Am Shalom Board Member and Cuba Trip Participant January 28, 2014 Today at the United Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Cuba—we remembered. As we stood at that tiny Holocaust memorial monument just insi...
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Etched in Memory {Morocco Trip}
by Denise Hoeflich, Am Shalom member and Morocco trip participant It is a difficult task to isolate one moment from this remarkable trip to Morocco. I came on the trip to open my self and sprit to a new world and experience. I came to communicate with new s...
by Denise Hoeflich, Am Shalom member and Morocco trip participant It is a difficult task to isolate one moment from this remarkable trip to Morocco. I came on the trip to open my self and sprit to a new world and experience. ...
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Shaving Again
6 Reasons I’m Shaving My Head on March 1st by Yael Sommer 1. Because my brother had cancer. It was upsetting and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with my mom or my dad or my brother. It was hard. I really miss Sammy. 2. To help other kids with cancer. It...
6 Reasons I’m Shaving My Head on March 1st by Yael Sommer 1. Because my brother had cancer. It was upsetting and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with my mom or my dad or my brother. It was hard. I really miss Sammy...
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Joanie Leeds, Rockstar!
We had a great visit from ROCKSTAR Joanie Leeds this past weekend at Am Shalom. She joined us for TOT Shabbat: And she also joined us at Religious School:   We had a great time learning and singing her songs. The Ruach Choir sang with her on Friday night an...
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Apparently that Sea Creature that Sammy loved so much is coming out in a new movie. I saw an ad on television the other night. I watched hours and hours of SpongeBob in the hospital. Wait, that's not totally true. I listened to hours and hours. I tried to d...
Apparently that Sea Creature that Sammy loved so much is coming out in a new movie. I saw an ad on television the other night. I watched hours and hours of SpongeBob in the hospital. Wait, that's not totally true. I listened ...
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Helpless
This week I discovered something else that Sam's death took from me. It took from me something that is actually very important to me -- the ability to feel helpful. Before Sam relapsed and died, I was a Resource . I could share my knowledge and experience a...
This week I discovered something else that Sam's death took from me. It took from me something that is actually very important to me -- the ability to feel helpful. Before Sam relapsed and died, I was a Resource. I could shar...
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Cuba: On The Cusp of WHAT?
Written by Randi
Brill, Am Shalom Board Member and trip participant January
27, 2014 Today
begins DAY 3 of four days in Havana. There is much to see, absorb, discover,
and experience. Yet, there is a patina, a sort of film over it all, that I have
a strong ...
Written by Randi Brill, Am Shalom Board Member and trip participant January 27, 2014 Today begins DAY 3 of four days in Havana. There is much to see, absorb, discover, and experience. Yet, there is a patina, a sort of fi...
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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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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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