About Rabbi Hammer
Rabbi Shalom Hammer lives in Israel now 31 years with his wife Gabi, his children and grandchildren. He serves as a motivational lecturer and presenter in the Israeli army for the educational branch, Jewish Identity branch, and the Netiv conversion course of the IDF.
Eight years ago he founded and remains the director of Makom Meshutaf (Unified Place), which offers non-denominational and non-coercive Jewish educational programming throughout Israel’s Pre Military Academies and Kibbutzim. Makom Meshutaf also promotes dialogue and cooperation between the different denominations of Judaism in Israel and is now under the auspices of the World Mizrachi organization.
Rabbi Hammer has authored five books, and is a renowned guest lecturer for communities throughout Israel and the Diaspora including USA, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Canada and Hong Kong.
In 2019 Shalom’s daughter, Gila, died by suicide. He decided to turn his tragic loss into a means of helping others in crisis, in Gila’s memory. He became a certified MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) instructor and was the first person to deliver the course in Israel. He also developed a series of presentations called “Gila’s Way”, through which he advocates for mental health awareness and educates regarding suicide prevention. These presentations have been delivered to the University of South Africa, MDA - Magen David Adom paramedic course, the graduating nurses class of Ichilov Hospital Tel Aviv, as well as communities throughout Israel, the United Kingdom and the USA.