Author: Jeffrey Schein

  • Kaplan and Hebrew

    with Rabbis Daria Jacobs-Velde, Helen Plotkin, Professor Vardit Ringvalt, and Earl Schwartz Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 3pm Eastern Webinar Panelists Rabbi Helen Plotkin is founder and director of Mekom Torah (pronounced McComb Toe-Rah), offering Jewish study opportunities for adults and teens that transcend the boundaries of the various Jewish movements. She is co-founder of […]

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  • To Whom It May Concern: Mordecai Kaplan the Diarist

    Soon the large canon of scholarship about Mordecai Kaplan will be expanded. Jenna Weissman Joselit,   the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History at George Washington University. She is currently at work on a biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan for the Jewish Lives series of Yale University Press. Our Kaplan center […]

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  • The True Spirit of Hanukah

    Mordecai Kaplan founded The Reconstructionist in 1935 to popularize his thought and to show its relevance to issues facing American Jews. Accordingly, each issue of the magazine opened with a series of editorials in which current events were analyzed from the standpoint of Reconstructionism.  The editorial line was formulated collectively by the Editorial Board, which […]

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  • Tikun Ha’Ir (Repairing the City): An Immersive Project in Hunger and Homelessness

    Primary Contact: Pam Sommerspam.sommers@adatshalom.netAdat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation Though it’s impossible to thoroughly simulate what it’s like to worry about where your next meal is coming from, or where you will sleep at night, the Tikkun Ha’Ir Immersive Project in Hunger and Homelessness seeks to have its participants experience, as well as examine and discuss these […]

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  • Mural of Jewish Living Values

    Primary Contact: Eric Schulmillercantoreric@rsns.orghttps://rsns.org/ The inspiration for this project began when our congregation undertook a capital campaign to raise money to renovate and refurbish our sanctuary and adjacent spaces. Our community placed a high value on creating spaces which would engender participation and belonging, and to that end, one of the additional rooms that was […]

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  • The Stolen Beam: A Study of Reparations for Descendants of Enslaved Africans in the U.S.

    Primary Contacts:Jeffrey Goldjeffreywgold51@gmail.com Devorah Jacobsondevorahjacobson18@gmail.com PDF of Stolen Beam In what ways is the Stolen Beam “Kaplanian in spirit?” Working for social justice was an essential part of Kaplan’s vision. “The Jewish religion,” he wrote, “should articulate and urge upon us those values which would impel us to utilize our abilities and our opportunities both […]

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