Zichono livrachah. May Rabbi Dow Marmur’s memory continue to be a blessing for our congregation, which he served and led, admired and loved.
Click here to read Rabbi Yael Splansky’s eulogy, or watch the recording of his entire funeral service here. You may wish to send condolences to the Marmur family here or make a donation in his memory here. Holy Blossom Temple is offering copies of his book, On Being a Jew and his memoir, Six Lives, so you can benefit from his insights once again.
Rabbi Dow Marmur, z’l
Rabbi Dow Marmur z’l, 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 was a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, and 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 wrote 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.
Rabbi Marmur z”l is remembered in The Canadian Jewish News
and in The Jewish Chronicle
May his memory be for blessing.