The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

Mordecai M. Kaplan (1881-1983) was one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. We believe that his thought may be even more important in the 21st century.

User’s Guide

People in the following roles or capacities might find the following sections particularly useful:

Kaplanian Thinkers, Scholars and Rabbis           Educational Decision-Makers
Education Directors and Rabbis involved in Communal Education           Front-Line Educators

Kaplanian Thinkers, Scholars and Rabbis

1. Foundations

2. Kaplan’s Context

  • Dr. Eric Caplan
  • Dr. Mel Scult

3. 20th Century Kaplanian Vision

  • Selections from Judaism as a Civilization
  • Text study guides and handouts

4. An Orchard of Kaplanian Educational Resources 

5. 21st Century Kaplanian Vision

  • Text study guide and handouts

6. Commentary on Specific Sections of the 21st Century Vision

  • Handouts

7. Enduring Challenges of Jewish Education in the 21st Century

8. Yesh Omrim: Other Opinions 

9. Panoramic Perspective

Anchor Educational Decision-Makers (including life long learning committees)

1. Foundations

  • Purpose of Vision in Jewish Education
  • Relevance of Kaplan to 21st Century Jewish Education

2. 20th Century Kaplanian Vision

  • Selections from Judaism as a Civilization 
  • Text study guides and handouts

3. An Orchard of Kaplanian Educational Resources

4. 21st Century Kaplanian Vision

  • Text study guide and handouts

5. Enduring Challenge of Assessment and Evaluation: Using the Kaplanian Report Card

6. Yesh Omrim: Other Opinions 

  Education Directors and Rabbis Involved in Communal Education

1. Foundations

  • Purpose of Vision in Jewish Education
  • Relevance of Kaplan to 21st Century Jewish Education

2. 20th Century Kaplanian Vision

  • Selections from Judaism as a Civilization 
  • Text study guides and handouts

3. An Orchard of Kaplanian Educational Resources

4. 21st Century Kaplanian Vision

  • Text study guide and handouts

5. Commentary on Specific Sections of the 21st Century Vision

  • Handouts

6. Enduring Challenges of Jewish Education in the 21st Century

Anchor  Front-Line Educators (classroom teachers, camp counselors, etc.)

1. 20th Century Kaplanian Vision

  • Selections from Judaism as a Civilization 
  • Text study guides and handouts

2. An Orchard of Kaplanian Educational Resources

3. 21st Century Kaplanian Vision

ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT

AN EVOLVING VISION: ADD YOUR VOICE

Feel free to submit questions or tell us which sections were useful to you in what roles!

The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

1574 Ashland Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-492-5200