SARATOGA SPRINGS — Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs has hired Rabbi Boaz Marmon as their new Spiritual Leader. Rabbi Marmon has an extensive background that make him a formidable force who has had experiences that bode well for his congregants and the community at large.
Rabbi Marmon was raised in a family of “wandering Jews,” with stops in West Germany, North Carolina, Chicago, Phoenix, San Antonio, southeast England and Nebraska. The volume of travel was due to his father’s service as a Jewish Chaplain in the United States Army and Air Force, and as a Rabbi in civilian synagogues. Growing up partly in places that were distant from major Jewish populations and synagogues, Rabbi Marmon (junior) learned both how important synagogue participation is – even when it takes some effort – and how vital the home is in Jewish education and practice.
In 2015, Rabbi Marmon was ordained Rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY. Prior to joining Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, he was the Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson for five years. At that synagogue, he officiated at the full range of every Jewish holiday service, life cycle events and special events; provided all pastoral care including home and hospital visitation and emergency response; represented the community publicly including fighting to keep Jewish holidays on the Cinnaminson public school calendar; expanded ritual programming; wrote or edited synagogue publications including a Passover Haggadah, Purim Megillah translation and Bar/Bat Mitzvah booklets; wrote quarterly bulletin articles and periodic newspaper articles; represented the community on the Tri-County Board of Rabbis and local interfaith clergy councils; hosted and led public rallies or vigils responding to major events affecting the Jewish community; and taught classes in communal colloquia as well as adult education courses.
Previously, Rabbi Marmon served as the Student Rabbi and a past Sunday School Teacher at Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Glens Falls, from 2008–2015. He has taught Sunday School at synagogues in Virginia, led High Holiday Services in Glens Falls, Burlington, VT, Virginia and California and was a Camp Counselor at Camp Ramah in New England in Palmer, MA.
From 1992-1997, Rabbi Marmon was in the United States Army based in Bad Aibling, Germany, Augsburg, Germany, Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas and Fort Jackson, SC. As a Signals Intelligence Analyst, Rabbi Marmon received many commendations including Honor Graduate in Electronic Warfare/Signals Intelligence Analysis Course -“DCSINT’s Own” Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence’s Coin for Outstanding Achievement (Informal Personal Award), Military Intelligence Corps’ Commanding General’s Coin for Outstanding Achievement (Informal Personal Award), Army Commendations Medal, twice the Army Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Joint Meritorious Unit Citation. In 1994, Rabbi Marmon received an Advanced Linguistic Certification in Arabic at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Presidio of Monterey, CA. He was an Outstanding Graduate and was the recipient of the Commandant’s Award.
Rabbi Marmon attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Graduating Cum Laude, he was on the National Deans’ List and in the Golden Key International Honor Society. Rabbi Marmon has varied interests in history, guitar and the Talmud.