• 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.

Select 21st Century Jewish Educational Resources that are Kaplanian at the Remez Level

Remez (רֶמֶז) literally means "hints." At this level, we look at materials in terms of what is hinted at or embedded within them rather than simply considering what is explicit. The North American Jewish community has internalized Kaplanian ideas to such an extent that we encounter them in educational materials that do not necessarily or expressly understand themselves as Kaplanian.

Remez רֶמֶז - when a Kaplanian idea/value is buried beneath or totally and seamlessly integrated Jewish life and learning happens and reflects patterns and ideas that seem to have a strong Kaplanian source;  the very fact that they are integrated into other conversations without specific identification reinforces the way in which these Kaplanian trope are simply part of the contemporarty Jewish community, already modified by numerous other influences and part of the fabric of contemporary Jewish life.  Whatever Kaplanian trace (remez) is present must be searched as it is so throughly part of a new fabric.

Asking Reconstructionist Questions of Non-Reconstructionist Materials

Teacher Training resource by Rabbi Julie Greenberg

 

Kashrut: A Ritual Decision Which is Not Easy (middle school and teens)

Curriculum by Shelly Melzer and Dr. Jeffrey Schein