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

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rabbi Dalia S. Marx, Ph.D., has been promoted to Associate Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, effective July 1, 2012. 

Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated “We are proud of Dr. Dalia Marx’s internationally recognized and innovative scholarship in the areas of liturgy and midrash and her role in strengthening Reform Judaism in Israel.”

She has taught at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem since 2004 and taught at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in 2002-2003.  Her teaching responsibilities encompass the Israel Rabbinical Program, Advanced M.A. in Pluralistic Jewish Education Program (with Hebrew University’s Melton Centre), the Year-In-Israel Program for first-year stateside rabbinical, cantorial, and education students, and the prayer leaders program of the Israeli Reform Movement.

Dr. Marx received her Ph.D. from Hebrew University (2006) with a dissertation on “The Early Morning Ritual in Jewish Liturgy: Textual, Historical, and Theological Discussion in Birkhot Hashahar (The Morning Blessings) and an Examination of Their Performative Aspects.”  She was ordained at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem and Cincinnati (2006), with a rabbinical thesis on the subject of the bedtime Shem’a Yisrael prayer.  She received the M.A.H.L. degree in Jewish Studies from HUC-JIR/Jerusalem (2003) and the M.A. in Hebrew Literature, cum laude (1999) and B.A. in Linguistics and an interdisciplinary program in Gender Studies and Rabbinic Literature, summa cum laude (1997) from Hebrew University.

Dr. Marx has taught at Hebrew University, Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, Humboldt University in Berlin, and Potsdam University in Germany. Among her numerous scholarships and awards, Dr. Marx received the German Ministry of Education (DAAD) scholarship for teaching at Potsdam University and was voted exceptional teacher in the student survey of the humanities faculty at Hebrew University. 

She has served as the Rabbi of the Tali School in Bayit VaGan in Jerusalem, as well as a student rabbi in Joplin, MO, and Hancock, MI, and as director of Havaya, the Israel Reform Movement summer camp.

Dr. Marx was member of Kibbutz Lotan (1989-1995), served in the Israel Defense Forces as a member of Nahal Gar’in (1984-1987), and was active in Israel’s Reform Youth Movement in high school.

Her extensive research activities include serving as a member of: the Feminist Interpretation of the Talmud and Mishna Project, for which she is writing a volume on tractates Kinim, Middot, andTamid; the Oxford Mishnah Commentary project; and the editorial board of the CCAR Journal.  She is co-editor of books including Parashat HaMaim (ritual purification and mikveh from a liberal Jewish perspective), Haggadah Lazman Haze (the Israel Reform Movement’s Haggadah), and “Creation to Revelation” (a Jewish-Christian feminist commentary on the weekly Torah portions with Rev. Dr. Ursula Rudnick).  She is a member of the Van-Leer Institute research group on the Reform Movement, the ARZA think tank, an international group of Jewish and Christian scholars of liturgy, a study group of Jewish academics in Berlin dealing with gender issues in Jewish texts, and director of the “Amitey Emet” Project (to create dialogue among the different Jewish denoninations).  She has participated in Limmud conferences in England, Germany, and the Galilee.

Dr. Marx is a prolific contributor to Israel newspapers on Judaism and current affairs; active in Jewish-Christian dialogue at conferences in Germany, Budapest, Italy, and Jerusalem; and a participant in an interdenominational think tank of women ceremony leaders and a co-existence group of Palestinian and Jewish women. 

She has taught service leaders and directors and teachers of kindergartens for Israel’s Reform Movement; lectured on liberal Judaism and the Reform Movement to Israeli soldiers, youth movement teens, school children, and new immigrants.


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