• 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 Sod Level

In the traditional mnemonic PaRDeSSod סוֹד refers to the secret level, in which texts are infused with a deep wisdom and sophisticated understanding that will elude many. In the context of our Kaplanian educational resources, examples of Sod סוֹד resources are those that bring Kaplanian ideas into an ongoing dialogue with contemporary developments in Jewish life (experiential learning, family education, civic engagement).

Select Educational Resources* that are designed

to be INFUSED with Kaplanian concepts


Exploring Judaism Adult Education Study Guide by Rabbi Margie Jacobs and Rabbi Nina Mandell


The Educational Philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak: Surprising Similarities and Illuminating Differences by Dr. Jeffrey Schein & Dr. Eric Caplan


Teaching Reconstructionist Concepts in Ways that are Developmentally Appropriate (An Introduction to the FAQs) by Rabbi Moti Rieber, Rabbi Shai Gluskin and Dr. Jeffrey Schein


Explore additional Kaplanian Educational Resources here.


*Thank you to Reconstructing Judaism for graciously permitting the Kaplan Center to share these resources.


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