Selichot 5782: An Evening of Study and Remembrance dedicated to the Memory of Rabbi Dow Marmur z”l
Dessert Reception & Selichot-in-the-Round, Saturday, September 17, 8:00 pm
We have mourned the loss of our Rabbi Emeritus, Dow Marmur, in many ways since his funeral in Jerusalem in July, but we have not yet gathered as a congregation to grieve and remember him together at Holy Blossom Temple. With the blessing of the Marmur family, we have prepared a very special evening of tribute. Above all, Rabbi Marmur was our teacher, and so it is fitting that we honour him with learning.
Five rabbis from England, Canada, and Israel will teach “Dow’s Torah.”
Rabbi Tony Bayfield, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Rabbi Jonathan Magonet, Rabbi John Moscowitz, and Rabbi Michael Marmur will draw from Rabbi Dow Marmur’s books, sermons, and articles to celebrate the range of his contributions to Reform Jewish Thought, Identity, and Practice.
Woven between the teachings, five leading congregants will share personal recollections of Rabbi Marmur’s impact and legacy at Holy Blossom Temple. We will stand together for Eil Maleh Rachamim, led by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, and The Mourners’ Kaddish, led by Rabbi Yael Splansky.
A Dessert Reception will follow in the Schwartz/Reisman Atrium.
The pinnacle of the night will be our Selichot Service in the round.
The exquisite music, prayers, and poetry will prepare us for the new year as we take up the themes of repentance and forgiveness, restoration and return.
A recording of this evening will be shared with Leo Baeck College, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism, the Reform Jewish Community of Canada, the Reform and Liberal Movements of England, Rabbi Marmur’s two congregations in London, and his two congregations in Jerusalem. We hope these organizations, seminaries, and synagogues will share widely, so others can recall Rabbi Marmur’s legacy.
We pray the generations of the Marmur Family will also take comfort in it.