“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).


The Kaplan Center is happy to be a major sponsor for Marcia Falk’s Night of Beginnings: A Passover Haggadah.

Some of you were disappointed last year when you tried to buy Night of Beginnings and found out that it was sold out. A second edition is now in print, and you can receive a substantial discount if you place your order here. Enter the code 6AS22 to receive a 40% discount. If you are ordering ten or more copies, enter the code 6FALK50 to receive a 50% discount.

Marcia Falk will be presenting the Haggadah virtually on Wed, March 22, 7 pm PDT. More info & registration

Explore reflections on A Night of Beginnings:

Book cover with flowering branch and text "Night of Beginnings: A Passover Haggadah" in English and Hebrew

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

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.

What’s New


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.


Our next two recordings for Kaplanian Voices will dive into what the notion of peoplehood is like for Jews of color and LBGQT Jews.   First up is an interview with Jane Susswein, Kaplan Center President, and a member of her congregation…


Kaplan, Creativity & the Arts

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

Add to the conversation by posting your creative project.

Kaplan and Hebrew

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

Kaplan and Israel: A New, New Zionism

with Rabbis Michael Cohen, Barbara Penzner, Gail Shuster-Bouskila, Dennis Sasso, and Dr. Shlomi Ravid

Sunday, April 23, 2023
1:00 PM Eastern

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