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.