Rabbi Dow Marmur

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 207 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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American Jews Speak out


By Rabbi Dow Marmur. An old joke has it that when a rabbi who knew both countries was asked to describe the difference between Israel and America, he said: “In Israel they give me advice and ask me for money; in America they give me money and ask for advice.” It was an apt metaphor for Israel-Diaspora relations: Israel would set the Jewish agenda and the Diaspora would raise funds to support many worthy causes in the Jewish state. To be a Jewish Read more »

Avigdor Liberman - The Next Prime Minister of Israel?


By Rabbi Dow Marmur. My sense of panic has been building up from the moment I first heard (which I alluded to in a previous comment) that what I had feared was about to become reality: Avigdor Lieberman, as Israel’s next minister of defense, was one step closer to becoming prime minister. A headline in last Thursday’s business section of Ha’aretz reads: “There’s no shortage of points of concern in the biography of the man whom the Read more »

Fear and Hope


By Rabbi Dow Marmur. On the eve of Israel’s Independence Day I remind myself again that had there been no Israel, the Jewish people would by now been on its way to becoming like the Amish and Judaism would have been reduced to a museum item. But I’m painfully aware that independence came at a price. 23,447 men and women lost their lives, 68 of them this year. Another 2,576 have been killed by terrorists, 32 of them this year. That’s why Read more »

Two Versions of "Never Again!"


By Rabbi Dow Marmur. General Aviv Kochavi, currently in charge of the Northern Command of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), came to see my wife Fredzia the other day. He was one of some two dozen members of the General Staff, led by the Chief of Staff, who visited Beit Mozes, the old people’s home (“seniors’ residence”) in Jerusalem to which we’ve moved recently and where about two-thirds of its some 150 residents are said to be Holocaust Read more »

The French Initiative


By Rabbi Dow Marmur. Every government in Israel, irrespective of ideological orientation, has declared its commitment to peace with the Palestinians. But peace comes at a cost: the Hebrew word leshalem (to pay) has the same root as the word shalom. Israel’s cost of peace with the Palestinians would inevitably entail giving up all or many of the settlements in the West Bank. For some, perhaps for the majority, this has become both unthinkable Read more »


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