CONNECTIONS 2017

Rabbi Yehoram Mazor

Head of the Rabbinic Court, Court of the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis (MARAM)
Yoram Mazor

Rabbi Yehoram Mazor

Rabbi Yehoram Mazor is from the second generation of rabbis of the Reform movement in Israel. For 33 years, beginning in 1974, he served as a rabbi in various Movement congregations in Israel. For 26 years, from 1981 to June 2007, Mazor served as rabbi of the Darchei Noam congregation in Ramat Hasharon. Today he is Av Beit Din, the Head of the Rabbinical Court for Conversion and Personal Status of the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis (MARAM), and Director of “Ha’Avoda She’Balev”- The Center for Innovative Liturgy, an institute that deals with the creation and research of Reform prayer. Mazor is a partner and editor in the creation of prayer books used by the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). He is also involved in the preparation of Siddurim and Machzorim (holiday prayer books) for the wider Reform world.
From 1982 to 2015 Rabbi Mazor served as a lecturer in the Department of Jewish Studies at Beit Berl College, and for three years headed the department. From 1990 to 2012 he was a senior lecturer at the Rabbinical Seminary of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem; in November 2015 they granted Mazor an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Divinity, in Judaic Studies. Rabbi Yehoram Mazor specializes in Liturgy and he has published many articles on this subject. He writes on the topics of Jewish holidays and lectures on holidays, prayer services (liturgy) and prayer books (Siddurim).
He is married to Edna, Director of “Nativ”, the conversion program of the Israeli Army, in Tel Aviv. He is a father of 2: Oded Mazor, a Reform Rabbi and educator who lives in Kibbutz Chanaton and Rabbi at the Leo Baeck Education Center; and Rabbi Noa Mazor, Director of the interfaith department at Rabbis for Human Rights. He is a proud grandfather of Be’eri, Rotem and Re’em.