REGIONAL MAN OF THE YEAR 2023
Rabbi Eytan Hammerman
Eytan Hammerman assumed the rabbinate at Temple Gates of Prayer in the Summer of 2022. Since his arrival, our congregation has noted marked increases in participation in the religious, educational and broader communal life of the congregation. With his trademark energy and creativity, Rabbi Hammerman has infused joy in our Shabbat, Festival, and weekday programs; we are grateful for the new “breath of fresh air” that we feel within our storied congregational community.
Rabbi Hammerman previously served the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, NY and Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac NY, where he substantially grew both congregations. He is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City where he held the prestigious “Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Rabbinic Leadership”.
A native of Toms River, NJ, and a graduate of the Solomon Schechter Day School, Rabbi Hammerman was an active United Synagogue Youth and Camp Ramah participant and youth leader. He is a graduate of Columbia University and has studied at Union Theological Seminary and at the Hebrew University and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.
Among his interesting life experiences before entering Rabbinical School, as newlyweds, Rabbi Hammerman and Rebecca, his wife, were pivotal in the founding of a Masorti (Conservative) synagogue in Madrid, Spain. They are the parents of three teenage daughters, Ary, Rena and Lani.
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