Rabbi Eytan Yammer has been named the new rabbi at Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow.
He succeeds Rabbi Max Davis, who left B’nai Torah to become spiritual leader at a synagogue in Minnesota.
Rabbi Yammer, who will join B’nai Torah in mid-January, has spent the past six years as rabbi of Knesseth Israel Congregation in Birmingham, Ala.
He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Riverdale, N.Y., in 2011. Prior to his position at Knesseth Israel, he served as a Youth Rabbi and a Youth Director in congregations in the greater New York City area.
A veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, Rabbi Yammer was named by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of America’s 33 most inspiring rabbis in 2015.
While in Birmingham, he was instrumental in constructing a large community-wide eruv, the first in the 125-year history of the Jewish community. He has been active in social justice initiatives and interfaith dialogue.
Rabbi Yammer’s wife, Rebbetzin Marisa Yammer, is a Jewish educator with experience as a synagogue Youth Director. She has been active in women’s programming at Knesseth Israel, as well as organizing and cooking for the shul kiddushes, and hosting large Shabbat dinners in their home. She is currently the Director of Jewish Studies at the J.C.C. Pre-School in Birmingham. The Yammers are the parents of three sons, ages 4, 7, and 9.