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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By Rabbi Dow Marmur. The East European Jewish ghetto is said to have had only one criterion for evaluating world events: Gut far di Yidn oder shlecht far di Yidn? Is it good for the Jews or is it bad for the Jews? Israel is determined to be as far away from the ghetto as is humanly possible. Its prime minister is travelling around the world – in Holland this week – telling it that his country is a bastion and protector of Western values in Read more »



By Rabbi Dow Marmur. The intricacies of the latest dispute around Israel’s railways may be of little interest to those not directly affected, but the political ramifications are extremely relevant to us all. Ostensibly, in an effort not to disrupt railway traffic during the working week, Israel Katz, Israel’s minister of transport, authorized essential maintenance work during Shabbat. As expected, the ultra-Orthodox members of the Netanyahu Read more »



By Rabbi Dow Marmur. My wife and I returned a few days ago from London and Toronto (which explains why you haven’t heard from me for many weeks). The second most common topic of conversation with friends (after Brexit in England and Trump in Canada) was almost invariably peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Needless to say, I had nothing original to contribute to the discussions other than to suggest that the present situation may continue Read more »

The Party of the Frustrated


By Rabbi Dow Marmur. Though I’ve voted in Israeli elections whenever I’ve been in the country, I’ve never wanted to belong to a political party. But some of the critics of recent speeches by Ehud Barak and Moshe Ya’alon have helped to find one I might like: they call it the Party of the Frustrated. However, my reasons for joining such a party aren’t the way the critics see it. They were upset about the biting, perhaps even vicious, Read more »

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 »


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