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

October 21, 2018 - Non-Orthodox Religious Judaism on the Rise in Israel

In the closing decades of the last century, whenever Israeli politicians came to visit Reform congregations I served, we would quiz them about equal rights for non-Orthodox Jews in the Jewish state. The same would happen when groups of Reform Jews visited Israel and met with representatives of political parties there. The response was invariably... Read more »

October 17, 2018 - Elections in the Air

Elections are in the air in Israel. Though there’s as yet no date for when the country as a whole will go to the polls, municipal elections will be held at the end of this month. Their results won’t tell us too much about how the national political parties will do, but the party leaders... Read more »

October 9, 2018 - The Piece (!) Process

“We can’t wait for a Palestinian messiah to come and make peace with us, because that won’t happen. And we can’t wait for the messiah who will give us a clear Jewish majority from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. We’re doing it ourselves. That’s Zionism.” These are the words of retired General Amos... Read more »

September 28, 2018 - The Reward for Firebombing a Synagogue

Last December, the synagogue in my Swedish hometown of Gothenburg was firebombed. One of the apprehended perpetrators is a Palestinian. He participated in the torching, he said, as a response to the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem. Why Jewish worshippers in Gothenburg should be held responsible for President Trump’s decision defies logic, unless... Read more »

September 14, 2018 - Israel-Diaspora Relations at Risk

“The State of Israel against the Jews” is the provocative title of an article in Friday’s Ha’aretz Magazine by Eva Illuz, professor of sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and author of many important books and articles on current affairs. She bases her contention on the highly publicized encounters between Prime Minister Netanyahu of... Read more »

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