About Rabbi Boaz Marmon

Scholarship and Service

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Rabbi Boaz Marmon

Rabbi Marmon believes that despite a great deal of tragedy and persecution in our history, the native emotional expression of Judaism remains joy – that is why we drink wine for so many Jewish occasions! (Wine makes a person happy, says the psalmist.)

Further, Judaism is generally a practical and logical tradition whose beauty is only deepened as we grow in understanding of the wisdom of our heritage; even if in doing so we acknowledge some flaws or identify certain ideas whose time has passed.

The Rabbi’s goal for Congregation Shaara Tfille in the coming years is to sustain and grow a community living a vibrant, joyous Judaism which is respectful of the demands and dynamics of modern life, while rooted in and representative of our centuries of tradition

A vital component within that larger goal is to share that Jewish approach to life with more young, Jewish individuals and families in Saratoga County, both to help them construct a Jewish value structure around which to build their own lives, and because they will be the future building blocks of our community.

Experience &
Perspectives

Rabbi Boaz Marmon came to Congregation Shaara Tfille in the summer of 2020, after serving five years as a Congregational Rabbi in Southern New Jersey, on the outskirts of Philadelphia. Rabbi Marmon was ordained in 2015 by the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR), a non-denominational seminary located in Yonkers, New York.

In a sense, Rabbi Marmon has been training for the pulpit since birth, as his late father, Rabbi Elliott Marmon (ז”ל), was a rabbi who spent much of his career as a chaplain in the United States Army and Air Force. As such, the Marmons were a family of “wandering Jews” with stops in West Germany, North Carolina, Chicago, Phoenix, San Antonio, southeast England and Nebraska.

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This diverse experience in a variety of synagogues, schools, and other Jewish environments forms an important part of Rabbi Marmon’s perspective as a rabbi. Growing up at times in places that were distant from major Jewish populations and synagogues, Rabbi Marmon has learned both how important synagogue participation is – even when it takes some effort – and how vital the home is in Jewish education and practice.
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Rabbi Marmon served as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and Iraqi Arabic linguist in the United States Army, mostly in California and Germany. He then completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, before turning to a rabbinic career, adding to an already eclectic set of experiences and influences for a rabbi. AJR, a seminary built on the diverse and eclectic, was the perfect place to grow and mold this background into a practical rabbinic toolkit.

As head of the Hebrew School, Rabbi Marmon is the primary teacher of all the students currently enrolled. He also teaches the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Class. During his first year at Congregation Shaara Tfille, Rabbi Marmon introduced a popular new curriculum, relying heavily on music as a tool to teach Hebrew and prayer.

During COVID-19, Rabbi Marmon has offered learning for adults via Zoom, including a weekly “Art and Architecture of Jewish Prayer” class exploring the prayer service, a weekly Pirkei Avot class and a monthly “Wednesdays with Rashi and Friends” lecture/discussion program examining traditional commentaries on the Torah. More classes are upcoming and open to all congregants.

The Rabbi’s Blog

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Rabbi Boaz Marmon

Congregation Shaara Tfille

November 2021

So much of healthy life is a matter of balance and boundaries. In Jewish tradition, performance of mourning supplants life for one week, coexists with life for thirty days or one year (for parents), and is thereafter absorbed by life and given voice for only a few...

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September 2021

Over the High Holy Days, we pass through the threshold of the new year, not only in fact but in focus. During the month of Elul, last of the old year, we focus on the year past, examining our own behavior and character during the year coming to an end, and asking...

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