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Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Promoted to Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., has been promoted to the tenured position of Full Professor of Liturgy and Midrash, with tenure, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem, as of July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Marx is clearly among the first rank of international scholars in the field of Jewish liturgy. In parallel, she plays a central role in the instruction of our students on our Jerusalem campus, and has become a major public intellectual in Israel,” states Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Provost. Dr. Marx teaches Rabbinics and Liturgy to the students in the Israel Rabbinical Program, Year-In-Israel Program, and M.A. Program in Pluralistic Education at the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem, and teaches at various academic institutions in Israel and Europe.

Notably the tenth generation of her family in Jerusalem, Dr. Marx earned her doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2006), where her dissertation explored “The Early Morning Ritual in Jewish Liturgy: Textual, Historical, and Theological Discussion in Birkhot Hashahar and an Examination of Their Performative Aspects.” She was ordained at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem and Cincinnati in 2003. She received her M.A. in Hebrew Literature (1999) and B.A. in Linguistics (1997) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is involved in a number of research projects and is engaged in interfaith dialogue in Israel and in Europe and in promoting liberal Judaism in Israel. She writes for academic and popular journals and publications.

She is the author of When I Sleep and When I Wake: On Prayers between Dusk and Dawn (Yediot Sfarim 2010, in Hebrew), A Feminist Commentary of the Babylonian Talmud (Mohr Siebeck, 2013, in English) and the co-editor of several books. She is leading the “929 Project,” a pluralistic interpretation of the Bible authored by seminary students across the Jewish movements.

Dr. Marx lives in Jerusalem with her husband Rabbi Roly Zylbersztein, Ph.D., and their three children.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu