Biography of Rabbi Sommer

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Rabbi Michael Sommer is currently the associate rabbi at Congregation B’nai Torah in Highland Park, Illinois, after serving a year as the interim senior rabbi for the congregation.

He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005.

For six years he was the Director of Youth Programming at Am Shalom in Glencoe, Illinois, leading children’s High Holy Day services, planning and leading high school mitzvah trips, leading the annual confirmation retreat, teaching religious and Hebrew school, and planning and coordinating all youth programming.  As a student rabbi he served congregations in Texas and Georgia. In 2001 he served as the North American Temple Youth-Ohio Valley Regional Advisor.

michael-and-phyllisRabbi Sommer has a wide range of training, including certification as a Divorce Mediator from the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, and Clinical Pastoral training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Rabbi Sommer trained to be a military chaplain in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in the summer of 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.
For the past two summers, Rabbi Sommer has thoroughly enjoyed working as faculty at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WI.
Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Sommer earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida followed by a Masters Degree in Theatre from the University of Kentucky.michael-sommer-7

He is married to Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, associate rabbi at Am Shalom in Glencoe, Illinios and they have four amazing children, David, Sam, Yael , and Solomon. In his spare time Rabbi Sommer loves spending time playing with his kids, spending time with family and friends, teaching, reading, listening to music, playing video games and watching movies.
You can also follow Rabbi Michael on his blog:

Abba Sababa

and on twitter @abba_sababa

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