Rabbi and Rebbetzin Hamer have led the Finchley Federation community for ten years.
Rabbi Yaakov Hamer grew up in America. He spent 14 years learning in yeshivos in Israel, including 10 years in Mir where he studied under R' Osher Arieli and R' Yaakov Friedman. He then returned to London as one of the founder members of Dayan Ehrentreu's Kollel in Edgware where he stayed for three years. During that time, Rabbi Hamer delivered a variety of shiurim to the community in a range of different subjects and remains a much sought after Torah teacher. He is also the Director of the Shaarei Orah Institute's Bais HaMedrash Programme.
Rebbetzen Yael Hamer (nee Deutsch) not only was a Hasmonean High School girl, she is one again, as a kodesh teacher, with particular responsibility for guiding students toward the sem which is right for them. She has a QTS in Secondary Education (from the Institute of Education) and gained her BA, Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology from Touro University. Rebbetzen Hamer was born in Canada but grew up in London from the age of 10. After sem in Israel she spent quite some time there teaching and mentoring in seminaries and gaining certification in Crisis Intervention, and as a Doula and she has served as a Doula in Israel and Britain. Rebbetzen Hamer has a wonderful reputation for her inspiring shiurim, and is an invaluable force behind many shul events and celebrations.
The Hamers have six children, k'h.