Kaplanian Perspectives and Scholarship

  • Realism, Pluralism and Salvation – Reading Mordecai Kaplan in the 21st Century

    An Invitation to Future Kaplanian Scholarship by Dr. Vered Sakal. For many years, most of the scholars who wrote about Kaplan were people who knew him personally. During the past few decades, however, more scholars are joining the conversation about Kaplan’s work…Being one of those “second generation” Kaplan scholars, I find this transition – from…

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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 Hanukkah

    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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