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  • Learning Materials for Adults

    From Dr. Jeffrey Schein 90th Anniversary Celebration of Judaism As a Civilization  Dr. Deborah Waxman and Elias Sacks on “Judaism as a Civilization: the 90th Anniversary of this Hanukkah Gift that Keeps Giving”.  We’d like to help our Institutional Friends utilize this both as a webinar in their own community and as useful public relations…

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  • with Aaron Dorfman, Amy Spitalnick, Rabbis Amy Klein and Bill Plevan, and moderated by Rabbi Elyse Wechterman Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 1:30pm Eastern   Over 50 years ago, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, posited that Democracy was essential for a vibrant and thriving Jewish people/community.  Our question is:  was he right?  Do…

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  • with Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton Sunday, April 14, 2024 – 3pm Eastern Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton began her career as an opera singer and vocal teacher, studying, performing and touring across Canada and in Europe. A stint as a cantor in Toronto combined with a life-long commitment to activism helped guide her to attend the Reconstructionist Rabbinical…

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  • Realism, Pluralism and Salvation

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  • with Dr. Nadav S. Berman and Dr. Rabbi Vered Sakal How does Mordecai Kaplan arrive at his understandings of truth and religious experience?  Join Drs. Berman and Sakal as they explore Kaplan through the lens of the non-Jewish theologian Jon Hick. Dialogue with them as they extrapolate from Kaplan’s philosophical commitments to the critical issues…

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  • Rabbi Manny Goldsmith Tributes

    The Kaplan Center joins the family and many communities touched by Rabbi Goldsmith in mourning his death and celebrating his life. He was a student, disciple, and colleague of Mordecai Kaplan of the highest order. In this folder, you will find four different tributes to his life: Later in the year, The Kaplan Center will…

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  • Heschel and Kaplan Recording

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  • Kaplan on Intellectual & Spiritual Honesty

    Between 1972 and 1975, Dr. Mel Scult conducted about 50 hours of taped interviews with Mordecai Kaplan, some of his family, and several of his students. In these recordings, Kaplan talks about his early life and the influences of his parents and teachers on the development of his world view   What jumps out immediately is…

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  • Study Series on Ira Eisenstein’s Writings

    with Rabbi Lee Friedlander and Harriet Feiner January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7-8:30pm Eastern The thought of Mordecai Kaplan through the eyes of his son-in-law and creative interpreter, Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, whose two volumes Creative Judaism and What We Mean by Religion provide shorter more succinct renderings of Kaplan’s classics Judaism as a Civilization…

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  • Kaplan on One Foot

    Mel Scult’s Eight Core Principles of Kaplan’s Philosophy

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