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Rabbi Richard Hammerman

Phone:  (732)-814-6499


MJC is happy to welcome Rabbi Richard Hammerman as interim rabbi for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. 

Rabbi Hammerman is a graduate of the Joint Program of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Master’s degree, rabbinic ordination and an honorary doctoral degree.  

For over 40-years, he has been intimately involved in almost every aspect of synagogue life on either a professional or voluntary basis including: Camp Ramah; United Synagogue as Director of Collegiate Activities; Solomon Schechter Academy of Ocean and Monmouth Counties; International Vice President, World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues; Executive Board, Schechter Institute, Jerusalem; Foundation for Masorti Israel; member of JTS Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet; member, Leadership Council for Conservative Judaism; officer, Mercaz; member of the Rabbinic Cabinet Conservative Yeshiva; Chairman of the Joint Campaign for RA-JTS-Masorti, Israel, Rabbinical Assembly, Executive Council. 

In 2006 Rabbi Hammerman retired as Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation B'nai Israel, Toms River, New Jersey, after serving as its rabbi and community leader and activist for over 31-years. He, along with his wife, Sharon moved to Caldwell, NJ in order to affiliate as a member of Congregation Agudath Israel. He served as Executive Director of that congregation from 2008 - 2012. He has most recently been promoting synagogue trips to Israel and Masorti communities world-wide and serving as a volunteer teacher and active lay person of Agudath Israel.  

MJC is certain that Rabbi Hammerman will bring excitement and wisdom to our congregation and will help us in our search for a permanent rabbi next year. We welcome him and his lovely wife, Sharon, to our MJC family.


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