As many of you know, I spent this past week attending the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) annual meeting in Chicago, IL. It was a great conference filled with wonderful sessions on practical rabbinic skills, learning new things about prayer, education and leadership, and reconnecting with colleagues and dear friends. The major highlight of our conference was the "36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave" event that took place on Tuesday. Actually, over 70 of my colleagues (both men and women) shaved their heads to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research. All of this was done to support our colleagues, Phyllis and Michael Sommers and their family as they continue to remember their son, 8-year old Samuel Sommer, who died this past December from leukemia. Our collective fundraising raised over $570,000 dollars!