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

August 21, 2018 - Evangelicals to Teach Torah to Jews

In the eyes of many of those in power in Israel, including the prime minister, liberal Jews are extreme leftists and potential enemies of the people. Mercifully, most of them reside in the Diaspora, which is a good reason to shun them. In any case, they’re soon likely to disappear through assimilation, as reflected in... Read more »

July 9, 2018 - A Battle on Two Fronts

According to the infamous forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and countless other anti-Semitic tracts, the Jews rule the world. According to Yinon Azulay, Member of Knesset on behalf of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardi political party Shas, Reform Jews are worse in his eyes than he himself may be in the eyes of Jew-haters.... Read more »

June 25, 2018 - Jewish Walls Are Doors

Any Jew who in the name of feigned or real commitment to Judaism wanted to badmouth Reform Judaism has been given a welcome opportunity to do so by Michael Chabon, the Pullitzer Prize winning American-Jewish writer. He was invited last month by the Hebrew Union College, the Reform Seminary, in Los Angeles to address recipients... Read more »

June 22, 2018 - Good News for the Diaspora, Less So for Israeli Democracy

The almost unanimous nomination of Isaac Herzog as the next chairman of the Jewish Agency over against Yuval Steinitz, a member of the current Israeli government and one of the prime minister’s most trusted yes-man, is evidence that Diaspora leaders are choosing a man who’s likely to defend and promote Jewish life also outside Israel.... Read more »

June 20, 2018 - Not Public Relations but Self-Scrutiny

The received wisdom in Israel and in pro-Israel circles in the Diaspora is that if only Israel had better public relations (PR) it would be understood, appreciated and supported by foreign powers. It may be a noble way of blaming ourselves (or at least government officials) than recognizing the true culprits, but the effort is... Read more »

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