Rabbi Shalom Hammer has had the unique experience of having served under the Chaplaincy for the Israeli Defense Forces as well as an educator in Israeli institutions and as a Rabbi in the United States. He was sent numerous times to deliver classes to the Jews in the former Soviet Union and he has led groups of American students through the fallen Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. He serves as a motivational speaker for the IDF Rabbinate, a contributing editor for the Jerusalem Post, and has recently been invited to serve as a lecturer for the Israel Government Fellows of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. These experiences provide Rabbi Hammer with distinct and profound insight on pertinent issues confronting the Jewish world both in Israel and the Diaspora.
Rabbi Shalom Hammer received his Semicha/Ordination from Yeshiva University as well as a BA in Speech and ommunications an MA in Education from Azrieli Graduate School and a BS in Guidance Counselling from The Michlala College Jerusalem. Originally from Monsey, NY, Shalom and his wife, Gabi, made
Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael in 1990 where he served in Tzahal under the Israeli Rabbinate branch of the IDF. Shalom has taught in some of the finest
institutions in Israel including Netiv Meir Jerusalem. Rabbi Hammer headed an adult education program in Netanya, and was the Rav of the newly arrived eleventh and twelfth grade students from the former Soviet Union, in Hadera.
In 2000 he was invited by the Rabbinical Council of America to act as Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Hadarom in Rehovot followed by a sabbatical in the United
States when he served as the Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation, Columbus,
In 2006 Rabbi Hammer helped establish and has taught in the Yeshivat Hesder Kiryat Gat for post high school Israeli students which combines Torah study and service in combat forces in the IDF. The Yeshiva is affiliated with the
Yeshivat Hesder in Sderot.
Currently Shalom serves as a motivational speaker for the Jewish Identity Branch of the IDF Rabbinate and is a regular lecturer for secular Kibbutzim throughout Israel on Jewish Identity. He is also a Guidance Counsellor for the Haredi school system in Bet Shemesh, a contributing columnist for the Jerusalem Post and the author of The Family Parsha Book, The Eybeshitz Haggadah: Experiencing Redemption, and The Family Rashi Book. His new book: Around the year with Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeshitz will be distributed by Koren Publishing in January 2014.
Shalom Hammer has served as a Scholar in Residence and Guest Lecturer for many Jewish communities and forum, and has earned a reputation as an insightful, charismatic and dynamic speaker.
"The broad spectrum of issues covered by Rabbi Hammer displayed his scholastic ability to address a kehilla with diverse backgrounds and perspectives."
Gary Rosenzweig, Chairman Ritual Committee, Beth Jacob, Irvine, California