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.

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NameType of ResourceTarget AudienceSubjectAuthor / Editor Publication Info
Lifelong Spirituality and God ConnectionArticle / Essay, Curriculum, Professional DevelopmentEarly Childhood, Elementary, Tween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, God, Kaplanian EducationJeffrey ScheinThe Kaplan Center
TEL: Tikkun Olam CurriculumCurriculumTween / TeenBeliefs & Practices, Identity, Peoplehood, ValuesErin Hirsh, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Elana FriedmanReconstructing Judaism
God's PaintbrushPrimary SourceEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, God, IdentitySandy Eisenberg SassoJewish Lights
God's Paintbrush Celebration KitProfessional DevelopmentEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, God, IdentitySandy Eisenberg Sasso, Donald SchmidtJewish Lights
God's Paintbrush Teacher's GuideProfessional DevelopmentEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, God, IdentityJeffrey Schein, Joseph M. BlairJewish Light
The Thirteen WantsPrimary Source, Text StudyTween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Identity, Kaplan, PeoplehoodMordecai KaplanSociety for the Advancement of Judaism 1926
Translating Texts to ChildrenArticle / Essay, Professional DevelopmentAdultGod, Kaplanian Education, TorahBruce BlackThe Reconstructionist Spring 2002
Where Meaning Happens: The Task of Teaching TorahArticle / EssayAdultKaplanian Education, TorahToba SpitzerThe Reconstructionist Spring 2002
Hermeneutics and Jewish EducationArticle / EssayAdultKaplanian Education, TorahCaryn BroitmanThe Reconstructionist Spring 2002
Kol Haneshamah: Mahzor L'Yamim Nora'im Study GuideCurriculumAdultBeliefs & Practices, HolidaySherry Linkon, Steve SegarReconstructing Judaism
Kaplan's Legacy for Jewish Education Article / EssayAdultKaplan, Kaplanian EducationJeffrey ScheinThe Reconstructionist Fall 1995
Connecting Prayer and SpiritualityCurriculum, Professional DevelopmentEarly Childhood, Elementary, Tween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, God, Kaplanian EducationJeffrey Schein, Joseph M. Blair, Leah MundellReconstructing Judaism
Text, Teacher and Student: Enhancing Spiritual DevelopmentProfessional DevelopmentElementary, Tween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Kaplanian EducationJeffrey ScheinThe Reconstructionist Spring 2002
Kaplan's Ideas on Jewish Education with Questions on Specific TextsPrimary Source, Professional DevelopmentTween / Teen, AdultKaplan, Kaplanian EducationMordecai KaplanJudaism as a Civilization 1934
Kaplan's Ideas on Jewish Education with Overarching QuestionsPrimary Source, Professional DevelopmentTween / Teen, AdultKaplan, Kaplanian EducationMordecai KaplanJudaism as a Civilization 1934
Kaplan's Ideas on Jewish Education in His Own WordsPrimary Source, Professional DevelopmentTween / Teen, AdultKaplan, Kaplanian EducationMordecai KaplanJudaism as a Civilization 1934
Judy Led the WayPrimary SourceEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, Feminism, Identity, Kaplan, Kaplanian EducationSandy Eisenberg SassoBehrman House
Walking with GodCurriculumAdultGod, TorahBradley Shavit Artson, Deborah SilverZiegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University
Ten Eytzot for Seven Berachot: Background to Teaching The AmidahProfessional DevelopmentAdultBeliefs & Practices, Kaplanian EducationJoseph M. BlairReconstructing Judaism
God Talk for ChildrenCurriculumEarly Childhood, ElementaryGod, Beliefs & PracticesBarbara StaubReconstructing Judaism
Belonging, Behaving, Believing: Exploring Reconstructionist ProcessArticle / EssayAdultBeliefs & Practices, Identity, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodPatti HaskellThe Reconstructionist 2007
My Role in Shaping Jewish Civilization Activity 1CurriculumTween / Teen, AdultIdentity, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodSteve IsraelCenter for Jewish Peoplehood Education and UJA Federation of NY
Who Are the Jews?ActivityTween / Teen, AdultIdentity, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodSteve IsraelCenter for Jewish Peoplehood Education and UJA Federation of NY
Jewish Books & PeoplehoodActivityTween / Teen, AdultIdentity, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodSteve IsraelCenter for Jewish Peoplehood Education and UJA Federation of NY
Jewish Food and PeoplehoodActivityTween / Teen, AdultIdentity, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodSteve IsraelCenter for Jewish Peoplehood Education and UJA Federation of NY
Hebrew and Jewish PeoplehoodActivityTween / Teen, AdultIdentity, Israel, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodSteve IsraelCenter for Jewish Peoplehood Education and UJA Federation of NY
God and Jewish CivilizationActivityTween / Teen, AdultGod, Identity, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodSteve IsraelCenter for Jewish Peoplehood Education and UJA Federation of NY
Communal Institutions and Peoplehood ActivityTween / Teen, AdultIdentity, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodSteve IsraelCenter for Jewish Peoplehood Education and UJA Federation of NY
The Theological Foundations of God's PaintbrushArticle / EssayAdultGodJeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
A Child’s Biography of Mordecai Kaplan Primary SourceTween / TeenKaplan, Kaplanian EducationLewis EronReconstructing Judaism
Members of the TribeCurriculumTween / TeenPeoplehoodJewish Education Center of ClevelandJewish Education Center of Cleveland
Kol HaNoar (with Transliteration)Primary SourceEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, GodSandy Eisenberg Sasso, Jeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
Kol HaNoar (without Transliteration)Primary SourceEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, GodSandy Eisenberg Sasso, Jeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
How Can Reconstructionists PrayArticle / EssayAdultBeliefs & PracticesJacob StaubReconstructing Judaism
Exploring Judaism Adult Education Study GuideArticle / EssayAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, Identity, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, PeoplehoodMargie Jacobs, Nina MandelReconstructing Judaism
Evoking the Indefinable Spirituality in the ClassroomProfessional DevelopmentEarly Childhood, Elementary, Tween / Teen

Beliefs & Practices, God, IdentityBarbara CarrReconstructing Judaism
Frequently Asked Questions of Reconstructionist EducatorsProfessional DevelopmentAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, Identity, Israel, Kaplanian Education, Torah, ValuesMoti Rieber, Shai Gluskin, Jeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
Teaching Reconstructionist Concepts in Ways that are Developmentally AppropriateProfessional DevelopmentAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, Identity, Israel, Kaplanian Education, Torah, ValuesMoti Rieber, Shai Gluskin, Jeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
The Blurring of Human and Divine in The Digital AgeArticle / EssayAdultBeliefs & Practices, GodJeffrey ScheinText Me Project
You Have A Real Kaplanian Approach When . . .Professional DevelopmentAdultBeliefs & Practices, Kaplanian EducationJeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
Jewish Identity BuffetActivityTween / TeenBeliefs & Practices, Identity, Peoplehood, ValuesBethamie HorowitzJewish Education Center of Cleveland
In God’s NamePrimary SourceEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, God, Identity, ValuesSandy Eisenberg SassoJewish Lights
Values Trail MixActivityElementary, Tween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Identity, ValuesCamp HavayaReconstructing Judaism
Aaron and the Wrath of GodProfessional DevelopmentAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, Kaplanian EducationTuvya Ben Shlomo, Jeffrey ScheinPhiladelphia Jewish Exponent July 31 1984
The Values of Spiritual PeoplehoodArticle / EssayAdultKaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, ValuesJeffrey Eisenstat, Jeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
Amphibious JewArticle / EssayAdultIdentity, Kaplan, Peoplehood, ValuesJeffrey ScheinThe Kaplan Center
Teen Exploration of God BeliefsCurriculumTween / TeenBeliefs & Practices, GodJeffrey ScheinReconstructing Judaism
The Burning Question: A PlayPrimary SourceElementary, Tween / TeenBeliefs & Practices, God, TorahErin HirshReconstructing Judaism
Curriculum Guide for In God’s NameCurriculumEarly Childhood, ElementaryBeliefs & Practices, God, IdentityLeah MundellReconstructing Judaism
In God’s Name Matching GamePrimary SourceEarly Childhood, ElementaryGod, IdentityErin HirshReconstructing Judaism
The Educational Philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael RosenakArticle / EssayAdultKaplan, Kaplanian EducationJeffrey Schein, Eric CaplanThe Kaplan Center
Chosenness Test StudyPrimary Source, Text StudyAdultBeliefs & Practices, KaplanJames GreeneJames Greene
Theology Through the CivilizationsPrimary Source, Text StudyAdultBeliefs & Practices, History, KaplanJames GreeneJames Greene
Jewish Peoplehood: What Does it Mean?Article / EssayAdultBeliefs & Practices, Identity, Kaplan, Peoplehood, Values VariousContact Magazine Spring 2008 Volume 10 Number 3
Kaplan the Philosopher and Kaplan the Spiritual PragmatistPrimary Source, Text StudyAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, Kaplan, ValuesNancy Fuchs-KreimerNancy Fuchs-Kreimer
Kaplan on JusticKaplan on JusticeePrimary Source, Text StudyAdultBeliefs & Practices, Kaplan, ValuesDeborah WaxmanDeborah Waxman
A Mini-Course: Reconstructionist Judaism on One FootArticle / EssayAdultBeliefs & Practices, Identity, Kaplan, ValuesLes BronsteinBet Am Shalom
Jewish People: Mordecai KaplanActivity, Curriculum, Primary SourceElementary, Tween / TeenBeliefs & Practices, History, Identity, KaplanRon IsaacsTorah Aura
A Year with Mordecai Kaplan: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah PortionPrimary Source, Text StudyTween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Kaplan, Torah, Values Steven Carr ReubenJewish Publication Society
Judaism as a Civilization
Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life
Primary SourceTween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, God, History, Identity, Israel, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Torah, ValuesMordecai KaplanJewish Publication Society
Communings of the Spirit, Volume 1: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, 1913-1934Primary SourceAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, History, Identity, Israel, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Torah, ValuesMel ScultWayne State University
Communings of the Spirit, Volume II: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, 1934-1942Primary SourceAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, History, Identity, Israel, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Torah, ValuesMel ScultWayne State University
Communings of the Spirit, Volume III: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, 1942-1951Primary SourceAdultBeliefs & Practices, God, History, Identity, Israel, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Torah, ValuesMel ScultWayne State University
Who Can RememberActivity, Primary SourceElementaryBeliefs & Practices, History, Holiday, Identity, Peoplehood, Torah, ValuesSandy BrusinReconstructing Judaism
How a Chelm Synagogue Became Reconstructionist or Explaining Reconstructionism-Chelm StyleArticle / Essay, Text StudyTween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, History, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, ValuesDaniel BrennerDaniel Brenner
Passover Parodies: Short Plays for the SederActivity, Primary SourceTween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Holiday, Identity, PeoplehoodShoshana HantmanSidney Books
Exploring the Jewish Value of Asking Questions with Judy Led the WayActivity, CurriculumEarly Childhood, Elementary, Tween / TeenBeliefs & Practices, Feminism, Identity, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Values Sandy Eisenberg SassoThe Kaplan Center
A Guide to Incorporating Judy Led the Way in Jewish Educational ProgramsActivity, CurriculumEarly Childhood, Elementary, Tween / TeenBeliefs & Practices, Feminism, History, Holiday, Identity, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Values Jeffrey ScheinThe Kaplan Center
Reflecting on the meaning of Judaism as a Civilization through the Poetry of Dr. Judith Kaplan EisensteinPrimary Source, Text StudyTween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Feminism, Identity, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Values Erin HirshThe Kaplan Center
Complete Packet of Suggestions for Maximizing the Educational Impact of Judy Led the WayActivity, Curriculum, Text StudyEarly Childhood, Elementary, Tween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Feminism, History, Holiday, Identity, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Torah, Values Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Jeffrey Schein, Erin HirshThe Kaplan Center
The History and Context of Kaplan's Daughter Becoming the First Bat Mitzvah and of the Book Judy Led the WayProfessional DevelopmentTween / Teen, AdultBeliefs & Practices, Feminism, History, Holiday, Identity, Kaplan, Kaplanian Education, Peoplehood, Values Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Jeffrey ScheinThe Kaplan Center, Behrman House Publishers

 

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