• 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 Jewish Educational Resources that are Kaplanian at the P'shat Level

In the traditional mnemonic PaRDeSP'shat פְּשָׁט refers to a simple, surface meaning in which materials are straight-forward, explicitly articulating what they wish to teach you. In the context of our Kaplanian educational resources, examples of P'shat פְּשָׁט resources are those that try to directly teach or apply a Kaplanian idea.

For example, structuring a curriculum in a civilizational way, layering one civilization upon the other as they trace the evolution of key Jewish ideas and practices. Another example would be explicitly teaching a non-supernatural understanding of God.


Select Educational Resources* that are designed

to EXPLICITLY teach or apply Kaplanian concepts


Frequently Asked Questions of Reconstructionist Educators by Rabbi Moti Rieber, Rabbi Shai Gluskin and Dr. Jeffrey Schein

Biography of Mordecai Kaplan (5th - 9th grades) by Rabbi Lewis Eron


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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