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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 in Jerusalem, Israel. From 2009-2018, he served as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. 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-JIR/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.


  • 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