Rabbi Dr Reuven Hammer
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Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer served the New London Synagogue as its Interim Rabbi from October 2005 until July 2007.

A former President of the International Rabbinical Assembly, he  is one of the founders of the Masorti Movement in Israel and is currently Head of the Massorti Beth Din in Israel.

Rabbi Hammer is a prolific writer and his articles appear often in the Israeli press and elsewhere. Two of his books, Sifre, A Taanaitic Commentary on Deuteronomy and Entering the High Holy Days, were awarded the National Jewish Book Council prize as the best book of scholarship for the year. He has also written The Jerusalem Anthology, Entering Jewish Prayer and  The Classic Midrash.  His latest work, a commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom, entitled Or Hadash  was published in March 2003. All of Rabbi Hammer's books currently in print can be purchased from the Synagogue office.

In 2003 he was awarded the Simon Greenberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Rabbinate by the Zeigler Rabbinical School of the University of Judaism. In that same year he was named one of the “Forward 50,” – a list of the most influential members of the American Jewish community. In the citation the Forward wrote that he is “arguably the most important religious leader in the (Conservative) Movement.”

His leadership, guidance and teaching was truly inspirational and we are pleased to offer the following archive of sermons and articles by Rabbi Hammer from his time at New London.


Articles by Dr Reuven Hammer
 Prisoners of Hope - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 9 Sep 2011
 Opening the Gates - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 1 Oct 2010
 The Way of Hesed - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 21 May 2010
 Celebrating Sinai - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 14 May 2010
 The Wonder of Israel - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 16 Apr 2010
 Belief and Disbelief - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 12 Mar 2010
 Do Not Destroy - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 22 Jan 2010
 Celebrating the Light - 11 Dec 2009
 Reclaiming Rosh Hashanah - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 26 Sep 2008
 My Beloved Is Mine - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 12 Sep 2008
 Reclaiming our Heritage - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 29 Aug 2008
 The Limits of Mourning - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 18 Jul 2008
 A Utopian Vision - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 20 Jun 2008
 Under the Mountain - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 6 Jun 2008
 Sermon - Hariditizatzia (B’har 2008/5768) - 17 May 2008
 Days of Sadness and Days of Joy - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 25 Apr 2008
 Sermon - Instruction of the Priests (Vayikra 2008/5768) - 15 Mar 2008
 Sermon - How do you build a sanctuary? (Vayakhel 2008/5768) - 1 Mar 2008
 Adam and Eve at the Feast - published in the Jerusalem Post - 22 Feb 2008
 We Have Reason to Believe - published in the Jerusalem Post - 4 Jan 2008
 A Living People - published in the Jerusalem Post - 21 Dec 2007
 What is Chanukah - published in the Jerusalem Post - 7 Dec 2007
 Daily Thanksgiving - published in the Jerusalem Post - 23 Nov 2007
 Meditations on Kristallnacht - published in the Jerusalem Post - 9 Nov 2007
 Mitzvot for Moderns - published in the Jerusalem Post - 26 Oct 2007
 The Chosen People - published in the Jerusalem Post - 12 Oct 2007
 Finding the Balance - published in the Jerusalem Post - 28 Sep 2007
 Sermon - "The Long Goodbye" (Vaetchanan 2007/5767) - 28 Jul 2007
 Sermon - "Crossing the Jordan - or not" (Mattot- Massai 2007/5767) - 14 Jul 2007
 Sermon - "To Believe Or Not To Believe…That Is The Question" (Balak 2007/5767) - 30 Jun 2007
 Sermon - "Mitzvot : The Key To Jewish Living" (Chukat 2007/5767) - 23 Jun 2007
 Sermon - War and Peace (Naso 2007/5767) - 26 May 2007
 Sermon - Shavuot 2007/5767 - 23 May 2007
 Sermon - "The Triple Tongue" (Tazria-M’tzora 2007/5767) - 21 Apr 2007
 Sermon - It Ain’t Necessarily So (Shmini 2007/5767) - 14 Apr 2007
 Sermon - The Three Freedoms (Pesach 2007/5767) - 3 Apr 2007
 Sermon - Revealing the Past and Creating the Future (Vayakhel/Pikudei 2007/5767) - 17 Mar 2007
 Sermon - What DO we worship? (Ki Tisa 2007/5767) - 10 Mar 2007
 Sermon - Where does God dwell? (Terumah 2007/5767) - 24 Feb 2007
 Sermon - Are we really a Kingdom of Priests? (Yitro 2007/5767) - 10 Feb 2007
 Sermon - Remembrance and Denial (Bo 2007/5767) - 27 Jan 2007
 Sermon - A Tribute to Heschel (Va'era 2007/5767) - 20 Jan 2007
 Sermon - When Great Ones Die: Remembering Teddy Kollek (Vayechi 2007/5767) - 6 Jan 2007
 Sermon - "Let there be light" (Chanukah 2006/5767) - 16 Dec 2006
 Sermon - Dishonourable Conduct (VaYishlach 2006/5767)) - 9 Dec 2006
 Sermon - Dreams and Visions (Vayetzei 2006/5767) - 2 Dec 2006
 Sermon - Ask The Maiden (Chayei Sarah 2006/5767) - 18 Nov 2006
 Sermon - A Message from Rembrandt (Ekev 2006/5766) - 12 Aug 2006
 Yohanan Ben Zakkai - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 4 Aug 2006
 Why British Jews should be like the Pharisees - Published in the Jewish Chronicle - 14 Jul 2006
 The Song of Prayer - At Kol Nefesh, in honour of the ordination of Jacky Chernett as Hazzan - 9 Jul 2006
 Sermon - Mourning Our Leaders (Chukat/Balak 2006/5766) - 8 Jul 2006
 Sermon - A Woman’s Place (Naso 2006/5766) - 10 Jun 2006
 Sermon - Mystic Moments (Shavuot 5766) - 2 Jun 2006
 Sermon - Talking Together: The Jewish-Presbyterian Dialogue. (B’har B’chukotai 2006/5766) - 20 May 2006
 On Pharisees and Shavuot - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 17 May 2006
 Sermon - Counting Up or Down - 13 May 2006
 Sermon - How Kosher Is Kosher? (Sh’mini 2006/5766) - 22 Apr 2006
 Sermon - What’s So Great About This Day? (Shabbat HaGadol 2006/5766) - 8 Apr 2006
 Solomon Schechter - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 3 Mar 2006
 Sermon - Finding Sinai (Yitro - 2006/5766) - 18 Feb 2006
 Sermon - Singing at the Sea (B'Shalach 2006/5766) - 11 Feb 2006
 On Conversion - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 14 Dec 2005
 Halakhah For Today - Published in the Jerusalem Post - 11 Nov 2005