“The belief in the supernatural revelation of the Torah should be equated with the function of enabling man to achieve salvation. Stated in modern terms, that belief means that Jewish civilization should help the Jew achieve perfection shelymut ha–enoshi [heb. human perfection] and realize his highest potentialities or attain salvation.”  (1938, Kaplan diary).

Educational Innovation Conference Keynote with Dr. Miriam Heller Stern

Our 21st Century Kaplanian vision of Jewish Education continues to unfold…

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This Review of Jewish Books article by Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit, Professor of Jewish Studies at George Washington University, is a small sample of the scholarship in her upcoming book about Mordecai Kaplan.


Come visit our Talmud Page and explore the  sacred argument between Dr. Eric Caplan, Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz, and Catherine Madsen about prayer and Jewish Chosenness. Add your own comments to the discussion.


Watch Yom Kippur reflection with Drs. Henry Morris and Jeffrey Schein and read Jeffrey’s article on The Fifth Vessel of Jewish Ethics: Between a Person and Her Devices for Evolve.


Past & Future Webinars

Join us for our ongoing webinar series covering a variety of topics of interest to our Kaplan Center audience.

Kaplan, Creativity & the Arts

with Rabbi Adina Allen, Joanne Fink, Elizheva Hurvich, and Rabbi Margie Jacobs

January 29, 2023

Kaplan and Hebrew

with Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde, Rabbi Helen Plotkin, Professor Vardit Ringvalt, and Earl Schwartz

Sunday, February 26, 2023
3pm Eastern

The Dan Cedarbaum Prizes and the Innovation Garden are part of our 21st Century Kaplanian Vision for Jewish Education project.  Understand better the rationale for the vision through this video:

Looking to deepen your knowledge of Mordecai Kaplan’s life and philosophy?  Meet a great companion guide in the form of Mel Scult’s newly published bibliography.

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