Michael Marmur , Rabbi, Ph.D.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost


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Dr. Michael Marmur is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of  Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. In recent years he has taught courses in Theology, Homiletics, and Pluralistic Jewish Education.Born and raised in England, Rabbi Marmur completed a BA Degree in Modern History at the University of Oxford before moving to Israel in 1984. While studying for an MA in Ancient Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed his studies in the Israel Rabbinic Program of HUC-Jerusalem, becoming ordained in 1992. For some six years following his ordination he served as congregational rabbi, high school teacher and member of the executive at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa. Michael Marmur's Ph.D Dissertation at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was entitled "Heschel's Rhetoric of Citation: The Use of Sources in God In Search of Man".Rabbi Marmur has lectured and taught extensively in North America and Israel, and also in many parts of Western and Central Europe. He is married to Sarah Bernstein, and father to three children - Miriam, Nadav and Gaby. Education

  • Ordained, HUC-JIR (Jerusalem) 1992)
  • M.A., Hebrew University (1990)
  • Ph.D., Hebrew University (2006)
Selected Publications and Edited Works

“Ethical Theories in the Reform Movement,” The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality. (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 206-224.

“Are You My Witnesses? The Use of Sources in Modern Jewish Thought,” Modern Judaism. 32.2 (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 155-173.

"Heschel and the Roots of Kavanah," New Essays in American Jewish History. With Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D. (2010), pp. 345-366.

"Abraham Joshua Heschel, Teenage Halakhist," Abraham Joshua Heschel: Philosophy, Theology and Interreligious Dialogue. Edited by Stanisław Krajewski and Adam Lipszyc. (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009), pp. 89-101.

"Progressive Judaism: Choices, Myths and Failures", Manna 100 (2008): 1-4

"Heschel's Two Maimonides", Jewish Quarterly Review 98.2 (2008): 230-254

"Happiness Inside the State: Toward a Liberal Theology of Israel", CCAR Journal 54.2 (2007): 84-97

Commentary on 'The Place of Israel in the Identity of Reform Jews" (with Dr. Lisa Grant), in: Danny Ben-Moshe and Zohar Segev (ed.s), Israel, The Diaspora and Jewish Identity, Sussex Academic Press (Eastbourne, 2007): 101-104

"In Search of Heschel", Shofar 26.1 (2007): 9-40

“Heschel's Rhetoric of Citation: The Use of Sources,” God In Search of Man. Ph.D. Thesis, (Hebrew University, 2005).