Let Drs. Waxman and Sacks
invite you in their own words…

The Kaplan Center is pleased to share the latest features of our website including:


  • An interview with life-long Kaplan student and devotee of the Kaplan diaries, Mitchell Rothman, with Rabbi Michael Cohen
  • Reflections of Rabbi Ira & Dr. Judith Eisenstein on the Woodstock Jewish Community, the first Bat Mitzvah, & the history of Reconstructionist Judaism
  • Kaplan on One Foot: Mel Scult’s Eight Core Principles of Kaplan’s Philosophy
  • Recollections by young adult former Camp Havaya counselors
  • An article about Kaplan on intellectual and spiritual honesty

Israel is on all of our minds and in our conversations these days. Join our conversation through:

Upcoming Webinars

Four Evenings with
Rabbi Lee Friedlander and Harriet Feiner

January 8, 15, 22, and 29

7-8:30 pm Eastern

A Three-Part Series in Honor of the 40th Yahrzeit of Mordecai Kaplan
and the 90th Anniversary of Judaism as a Civilization

What Remains Revelatory in the 21st Century in Mordecai Kaplan’s Thought?

with Drs. Arnie Eisen, David Ellenson, and Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Sunday, November 12, 2023

3 pm Eastern

Judaism as a Civilization, The Hanukkah Gift to the Jewish People and World that Keeps on Giving

with Dr. Deborah Waxman and a response by Dr. Elias Sacks

Sunday, December 10, 2023

3 pm Eastern

The Great Kaplanian Report Card: Valley Beth Shalom as a Kaplanian Playground

with Rabbis Amy Bernstein, Ed Feinstein, and Jeffrey Schein

Sunday, January 7, 2023

3 pm Eastern

Visit our newly opened Ira Eisenstein portal where you will find….

  • Introductions by Rabbi Richard Hirsh to Ira Eisenstein’s books Creative Judaism and What We Mean by Religion with digital copies of those currently out-of-print volumes soon to be made available on our website
  • Reflections about Ira Eisenstein as theologian and wise leader by Rabbis Dennis Sasso and Jeffrey Schein
  • A recording of Rabbi Eisenstein’s contributions that was hosted by the SAJ:Judaism that Stands For All as part of its centenary celebration

Kaplanian Scholarship

Looking to deepen your knowledge of Mordecai Kaplan’s life and philosophy?  

Our 21st Century Kaplanian vision of Jewish Education unfolds…

Visit Reconstructing Judaism to explore the way Kaplan’s influence has become woven deeply into the fabric of a major North American Jewish movement.

Kaplanian Perspectives & Scholarship

Dr. Vered Sakal

Realism, Pluralism and Salvation

Dr. Eric Caplan

The True Spirit of Hanukkah

Kaplanian Voices

Our Kaplanian voices series seeks to sensitize us to the unique ways many of us experience the very notion of Peoplehood  in 2023. Below are excerpts from conversation between Rabbis Jeffrey Eisenstat, founding director of our movement’s Camp Havaya, and former camp counselors about their initial exposures to the philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan a decade ago and its present meaning to them as young adult Jews in their thirties.

Yael Kurganoff on the power of Camp Havaya connections to Israel
Josh Davidson on the essence of peoplehood

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