Barry Marcus

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Barry Marcus

Personal
Born
Barry Marcus

ReligionJudaism
OccupationHolocaust educator, former Rabbi of Central London Synagogue
SynagogueCentral Synagogue, Great Portland Street
YeshivaSmicha (ordination) from Beth Midrash l’Rabbanim, Johannesburg, South Africa
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom

Rabbi Barry Marcus MBE [1] is a Rabbi of the Central Synagogue, Great Portland Street located in the West End of London, notable for his rabbinical and pastoral duties in the UK, Israel and South Africa.[2] In 2015 he was awarded MBE in the New Year Honours for services to Holocaust Education.[3]

Background[edit]

Marcus was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1996 he served as Rabbi to Waverley Hebrew Congregation, one of the largest Jewish communities in Johannesburg. Before becoming the Rabbi of the Central Synagogue he served as a rabbi in Israel.[4]

Controversy[edit]

In 2015 Rabbi Marcus spoke out in defence of John Galliano,[5] fashion designer who was found guilty of racism and antisemitic abuse in 2011.[6]

Holocaust education[edit]

Since November 2008 Rabbi Marcus has been organising educational trips to Auschwitz together with the Holocaust Education Trust.[7]

Times religion correspondent Ruth Gledhill films a visit to Auschwitz in November 2008, hosted by Rabbi Barry Marcus and the Holocaust Education Trust, of nine faith leaders headed by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. Other faiths represented were Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Muslim, Zoroastrian.

Awards and notable appointments[edit]

In 2014, Rabbi Marcus was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for Holocaust education and for fostering dialogue and building bridges with Poland.[8] He is a member of advisory board of Lithuanian Jewish Heritage Project.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rabbi Marcus: Serves as Rabbi to Central Synagogue, London and formerly Rabbi to Northwood Community". 12 September 2017. Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Barry Marcus MBE - Central Synagogue". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Rabbi Marcus gets MBE for Shoah education". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ "London Calling: England's Bustling and Historic Central Synagogue". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Rabbi who came to defence of John Galliano speaks out". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. ^ "John Galliano found guilty of racist and antisemitic abuse". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Pupils learn from death camp visit". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  8. ^ "A London rabbi who has taken 22,000 schoolchildren to Auschwitz-Birkenau to learn the horrors of the Holocaust is to received one of Poland's most prestigious awards". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  9. ^ "LJHP Advisory Board". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.