Meet Our Clergy

Rabbi Eytan Hammerman
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(currently on sabbatical)

Eytan Hammerman assumed the rabbinate at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison in August 2014. He had previously served Temple Beth Shalom, Mahopac NY, for four years where he substantially grew the congregation and brought innovative programming along with his trademark energy and enthusiasm. He is committed to doing the same at the JCCH and, especially, to finding ways of making Conservative Judaism both relevant and meaningful to our 21st Century lives. Rabbi Hammerman looks forward to infusing time-honored traditions and strong values into our younger congregants with whom he enjoys a remarkable connection.

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’s 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 of White Plains. 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 innovative 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 Lani.

Cantor Marcos Askenazi
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Cantor Marcos Askenazi: Promoting Jewish continuity through exciting educational innovation, soulful prayer, and pastoral care.

Thank you for reading a little bit about me. I’d love to get to know you, too!

Life can seem overwhelming, we have our families, jobs, and a variety of stresses that filter into our daily lives. And then, we come to Shul. This is where we, as a community, come together to mourn, celebrate, share experiences, and just breathe. I believe the Synagogue experience should be of absolute comfort; when we enter through the doors, assume our seats, and open our prayer book we are transported to another place, removed from our routine. We close our eyes and let the familiar melodies enter our hearts. I am grateful for the privilege and honor of having some small measure in influencing and ensuring all of this happens. For me, serving as Cantor is not a job; it is a lifestyle, passion, and life philosophy. I have dedicated eighteen years to developing and evolving as a spiritual leader. From creating music programs for children and encouraging them through their B’nei Mitzvah to counseling couples and comforting those in mourning, I have built a reputation for being kind, compassionate, friendly, and fair. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve JCCH and know we will work together to strengthen our community. My door is physically and metaphorically always open so let’s get together, have coffee, and talk about what informs and influences your Jewish identity. If you’d like to know more about me, just ask! Here are some highlights:

  • Performed in the world’s most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Wembley Arena and Sydney Opera House.
  • Entertained world leaders and dignitaries including Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Geroge W. Bush.
  • Created an after-school program for homeless children.
  • Planned and led volunteer mission to “Give Kids The World” a resort village for terminally ill children.
  • Served as spiritual leader on ” March Of The Living.”
  • Certified in conflict resolution and suicide prevention.
  • Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens.
  • Likes pizza, peanut M&M’s, and Macallan 25.
  • Married to Joanna, father of Isaac and Robert (they’re getting big!).
  • Dog’s name is Guiness. Yes, he likes beer!