Michael Marmur - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Michael Marmur, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Jewish Theology


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Dr. Michael Marmur is Associate Professor of Jewish Theology at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. Until July 2018 he served as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at HUC-JIR, having previously been Dean of the Jerusalem campus. In recent years he has taught courses in Theology, Parashat Hashavuah, 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-JIR/Jerusalem, being ordained in 1992. For six years following his ordination, he worked as rabbi and teacher at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa.

Rabbi Marmur has lectured and taught extensively in North America and Israel, and also in many parts of Western and Central Europe.

He is currently the Chair of the Board of Rabbis for Human Rights. He has published several popular and academic articles. He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder (University of Toronto Press, 2016) and co-editor, together with David Ellenson, of American Jewish Thought Since 1934, due to be published by Brandeis University Press in the Spring of 2020.


  • BA, University of Oxford, Modern History, awarded 1984
  • Ordained, HUC-JIR (Jerusalem) 1992)
  • M.A., Hebrew University (1990)
  • Ph.D., Hebrew University (2006)
Selected Publications and Edited Works

Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016

“Contemporary Jewish Homiletics: Some Key Components”, International Journal of Homiletics, 1 (2016): 52-70

“God of Language”, in Leonard Kaplan & Ken Koltun-Fromm (ed.s), Imagining the Jewish God (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016): 267-292

“The Kaddish as a Speech Act”, in David Birnbaum & Martin S. Cohen (ed.s), Kaddish (New York: New Paradigm Matrix, 2016): 475-492

 "Plurality, Identity and Community in Pluralistic Jewish Education" [with Michal Muszkat-Barkan], in: Michael Gillis, Michal Muszkat-Barkan & Alex Pomson, Speaking in the Plural: The Challenge of Pluralism for Jewish Education, (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2014): 123-144

"Heschel and the Roots of Kavanah" [with David Ellenson] in: Pamela S. Nadell, Jonathan D. Sarna & Lance J. Sussman, New Essays in American Jewish History (Cincinnati OH: American Jewish Archives, 2010): 345-366