Rabbi Dow Marmur

Rabbi Dow Marmur, Rabbi Emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple, was born in Poland in 1935 and spent the years of World War II in the Soviet Union before returning to Poland in 1946. Two years later, he emigrated to Sweden, where he went to school. In 1957, he moved to London, England to study for the rabbinate at the Leo Baeck College, from which he graduated in 1962.

Before becoming Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom in 1983, Rabbi Marmur served two congregations in Britain. He retired from his position of Senior Rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple in 2000.

Rabbi Marmur has enjoyed an impressive career outside the synagogue walls, most recently as Interim Executive Director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, in Jerusalem. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, a Fellow of St. Michael’s College. Between 2007 and 2014 he was an Appointed Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Rabbi Marmur has written six books and edited two. His articles on Jewish theology, Zionism, Israel, marriage and related problems, and Jewish/Christian relations have appeared in Jewish and non-Jewish publications in Britain, Canada and elsewhere.

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Rabbi Marmur: Israel Writings


EVANGELICALS AT THE US EMBASSY CELEBRATION Pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas spoke these words at the opening ceremony of the United States embassy in Jerusalem: “We come before you, the God of Abraham. Isaac and Jacob, thanking you for bringing us to this momentous occasion in the life of your people and in the history... Read more »

May 16, 2018 - Gaza and US

Gaza and US The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have every right, indeed a sacred duty, to defend the borders of their country. The question many of us are asking today is whether this can only be achieved by killing more than sixty Gazans in one day and maiming hundreds. True, had the residents of Gaza... Read more »

May 16, 2018 - Dangers and Diversions

Dangers and Diversions There’s more tension in the air than usual in Israel these days. Three danger spots come particularly to mind: (1) Nakba anniversary; (2) the opening of the US embassy; (3) the beginning of Ramadan. Each of these increases the risk of terrorist attacks and should make us all very nervous. Palestinians mark... Read more »

May 16, 2018 - Abu Mazen's Jewish Problem

Abu Mazen’s Jewish Problem That’s the title of an article by Professor Shlomo Avineri in Ha’aretz (May 11, 2018). Avineri is one of the most significant political scientists in Israel with an enviable international reputation. He has also served as the director-general of Israel’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The anti-Jewish rant by Abu Mazen, Yasser... Read more »

May 11, 2018 - Bibi Forever?

Things are going Netanyahu’s way: his campaign against the Iran deal seems to have influenced Trump’s decision to pull out; Israel seems to be humiliating its arch-enemy Iran; the most important country in the world – the United States of America – is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by bringing its embassy, and other countries... Read more »

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