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Rabbi Phyllis Sommer served Am Shalom as Associate Rabbi since 2003, and became Director of Congregational Learning in 2014. She is a native of Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003, and in addition to Am Shalom has served congregations in New Iberia, Louisiana and Billings, Montana.

Rabbi Phyllis is passionate about Jewish life and learning... and baking... and technology... and reading... and quilting... and posting regular (!) updates on Facebook... and pretty much everything! She spends part of every summer on faculty at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Wisconsin. She blogs about the ins-and-outs of balancing her life as Rabbi, wife, and mother of four as Ima On and Off the Bima: Real-Life Jewish Parenting and Living (

On twitter @imabima she has tweeted Torah, the Exodus, and other thoughts on her life and Jewish experience, and the Huffington Post named her one of their Influential Jewish Twitter users in 2011. 

Rabbi Phyllis and her husband, Rabbi Michael Sommer, are the proud and loving (if sometimes harried) parents of four amazing children - David, Sam z"l, Yael, and Solomon.

Rabbi Phyllis & Rabbi Michael chronicled the experiences of their second son, "Superman Sam" as he underwent treatment for leukemia (

Email Rabbi Sommer or call her at 847.835.4800 ext. 253

Sat, July 13 2024 7 Tammuz 5784