Beneath the Surface: Mordecai Kaplan’s Philosophical Commitments Explored

Sunday, February 11, 2024 – 3pm Eastern

with Dr. Nadav 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 Hicks. Dialogue with them as they extrapolate from  Kaplan’s philosophical commitments to the critical issues of a 21st Zionism and the presence of evil in the world. 

What’s New…


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

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

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

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

with Rabbis Amy Bernstein, Ed Feinstein, and Jeffrey Schein

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

Visit the 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 now 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

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