Dear Holy Blossom Family,
This will be the first Shabbat since Rabbi Marmur was laid to rest in the hills of Jerusalem. My condolences to those of you whose lives were directly shaped by his teaching, his leadership, his partnership, and his friendship. My condolences to those of you who did not know him personally, but know of his shem tov, his good name. His influence is still very much a part of who we are as a congregation. The entire Reform Movement is mourning this loss, and the Holy Blossom community is mourning uniquely.
I knew I’d be lucky to spend a few weeks studying in at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, but I did not know how fortunate the timing was. I was able to visit with Rabbi Marmur when he was well, to visit with Fredzia during the long days after his fall, to visit at Rabbi Marmur’s bedside in the hospital, and then to offer words of honour and comfort at his very beautiful funeral, and to visit with his family during shiva. With each step, I was there with my own heavy heart, my own love and concern, but also keenly aware that I was there as your representative.
You may read the eulogy I offered here or watch the recording of the entire funeral service here. You may wish to send condolences to the Marmur family here or make a donation in his memory here. You will hear Rabbi Marmur’s name included before Kaddish each day at Holy Blossom Temple. I encourage you to pick up gift copies of his book, On Being a Jew and his memoir, Six Lives, so you can benefit from his insights once again. These volumes are ready and waiting for you in the Schwartz/Reisman Atrium.
Zichono livrachah. May Rabbi Dow Marmur’s memory continue to be a blessing for our congregation, which he served and led, admired and loved.