Makom Meshutaf (A Place we share in Common) is an organization which advocates tolerance and unity between religious and secular Jews in Israel.

Our workshops, lectures and unique programming, promote a Judaism which is supportive and accepting. Makom Meshutaf promotes Jewish values, Jewish history, Jewish tradition, and a strong connection to our nation and land, without being coercive or condescending.

Shalom Hammer

Rabbi Hammer is originally from the United States where he was ordained and received a B.A. and M.A. in psychology and education. Rabbi Hammer has been actively involved in Israel as an educator and lecturer for many religious and secular organizations and institutions. Shalom is a senior lecturer for the Jewish Identity branch of the IDF and a guest lecturer for the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

Shalom is adamantly opposed to religious coercion and he understands that we must change the negative image and outlook towards religious Judaism which has been nurtured by many of the religious institutions in Israel, for the sake of bridging the gap between the religious and secular public in Israel; this is why he founded Makom Meshutaf.

Yael Broder

Yael Broder was born in the United States, and moved to Israel in 1992. She has a BA in Management and Informal Education from the Bar Ilan University. She has a wide range of experience in logistics and organizational planning at several non-profit organizations.

Ephraim Levitz

Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Levitz moved to Israel in 1978 and he was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Ephraim holds a doctorate in Hebrew literature and has served as an educator for the past thirty years. Currently Ephraim is a lecturer for many colleges throughout Israel on education and creative thinking. Ephraim’s multi-talents and experience as a professional chazzan, actor and choir master brings an added dimension to Makom Meshutaf’s programming.