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Maloney Welcomes Mahopac Rabbi to Congress as Guest Chaplain

Jun 11, 2014
Press Release

Washington – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) welcomed Rabbi Eytan Hammerman from Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac who offered the opening prayer to the House of Representatives as the guest chaplain. Immediately following the opening prayer to begin the legislative session, Rep. Maloney gave remarks welcoming Rabbi Hammerman. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:

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Text of Maloney’s remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, it’s with great honor that I welcome Rabbi Eytan Hammerman of Temple Beth Shalom to the House of Representatives, and thank him for serving as today’s guest chaplain. Rabbi Hammerman leads the congregation at Temple Beth Shalom and is passionate about serving his neighbors in Mahopac, New York. A distinguished scholar, Rabbi Hammerman holds a B.A. and a master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City and a degree in political science from Columbia University. Before he joined Temple Beth Shalom in 2010, he served small and large congregations in Baltimore, Maryland; White Plains, New York; and northern New Jersey in addition to serving as Director of the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute here in Washington DC. Rabbi Hammerman has served the Mahopac community since he was ordained in 2010, and his leadership has united people people all throughout the community - no matter their beliefs or their background. Not only a religious leader, he has long been a political advocate for justice and equality and especially for a reduction for the horrible plague of gun violence we see in our country. He is joined here today by his wife Rebecca, and his three beautiful daughters Ary, Rena and Ilana, as well as his mother and father-in-law Marjorie and Steven Hoffman. Not only a religious leader he is also my friend, and I am proud to call him my friend. And I hope you will join me in welcoming Rabbi Hammerman.” 

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Text of Rabbi Eytan Hammerman’s Prayer: 

“Our God and God of our ancestors, we rise in prayer in one of the world’s most sacred spaces. This hallowed hall combines enormous power with awesome responsibility. We pray that you O God inspire those who stand before you today, mere mortals, women and men, young and old, the many races, colors and ancestries that make up our blessed country. In the Jewish calendar, we have just concluded the Feast of Weeks marking, we are taught, the receipt of the Bible at Mount Sinai. This was the culmination of a march from bondage and slavery toward freedom and responsibility. We ask that you bless the Members of this august body as they work to guarantee freedom in our day. So that we may all live long lives, peaceful lives of goodness and blessing, lives free from shame, lives filled with abundance and honor, lives in which our hearts desire for goodness for one and all will be fulfilled. Amen.”

Biography of Rabbi Eytan Hammerman

Rabbi Hammerman is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City where he held the prestigious “Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Rabbinic Leadership”.  He also holds a Masters Degree from JTS in Jewish Studies with a concentration in Jewish History.  A native of Toms River, NJ and a graduate of the Solomon Schechter Day School, Rabbi Hammerman was an active USY and Ramah participant and Youth Leader.  He is a graduate of Columbia University (’99) with a degree in Political Science and holds a B.A with “Honors and Distinction” from List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He has been a visiting student at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and the Hebrew University and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.

While studying at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Hammerman developed religious and educational programs in various, diverse communities.  For two years he served as Rabbinic Intern at the prestigious Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY.  He was also Student Rabbi of Kehillat Shalom in Skokie, IL.  Rabbi Hammerman directed the Office of Student Placement at the Jewish Theological Seminary for four years and has taught and brought religious leadership to small and large congregations in Baltimore, MD, White Plains, NY and northern New Jersey.    

Before beginning his professional studies for the Rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Eytan Hammerman served as Director of the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute in Washington D.C., an innovate community service and tzedakah (charity) organization for teenagers. 

With his wife Rebecca, Rabbi Hammerman founded a Masorti (Conservative) synagogue in Madrid, Spain – Congregacion Bet El - and continues to serve on the Board of the international Masorti Movement.  A “young leader” of the Conservative Movement, Rabbi Hammerman has been appointed to numerous committees and delegations representing Conservative Jewry in North America, Israel and overseas.  He is the extremely proud father of three girls, Ary, Rena and Ilana.