Eytan Yammer

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Eytan Yammer

Eytan Yammer (born c. 1981) was the rabbi of Knesseth Israel Congregation from 2010 to 2016.

Yammer attended the Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University, then moved to Israel in the late 1990s to attend Yeshiva University. He was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces in 2000. He served two years on active duty and was trained as an emergency medical technician. In September 2001, while visiting his parents in New Jersey, he volunteered as a paramedic in Manhattan for a week following the 9/11 terror attacks.

He remained in Israel for the next year as a SCUBA instructor in the Red Sea at Eilat, then returned to the United States for rabbinical school. Yammer completed his studies at the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York, New York.

Yammer and his wife Marisa were married in 2004. He served as youth director at a synagogue in Livingston, New Jersey in 2005 and then was hired as youth rabbi at the Hebrew Institute in White Plains, New York. He came to Birmingham during Passover of 2010, and was installed as full-time rabbi before the High Holidays that September.

In November 2016 Yammer accepted the role of leading Congregation B'nai Torah in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Preceded by:
Karmi Ingber
Rabbi, Knesseth Israel Congregation
Succeeded by:


  • Garrison, Greg (September 4, 2010) "New Birmingham Rabbi Eytan Yammer to lead High Holy Days for Orthodox synagogue." The Birmingham News
  • Goldrich, Lois (June 17, 2011) "From Teaneck to Birmingham: Young Orthodox rabbi takes the helm of a southern congregation." New Jersey Jewish Standard
  • Garrison, Greg (November 16, 2016) "Birmingham rabbi, one of 'America's most inspiring,' leaving Alabama." The Birmingham News