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Dear Kaplan Center Supporter, 

It has been a year since Dan's death.  This marker allows us the opportunity to reach back in time and thank you for the contribution you made in Dan’s memory. Dan’s wife Caryn is aware of your generous gifts which have touched her deeply and helped ensure that Dan’s work will continue.  We all have found great comfort in your enthusiastic embrace of Dan's work and memory.

In the interim, all three of us want you to know that The Mordecai Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood has not only survived but thrived! We are delighted to share with you our achievements:

  • Several publications initiated by Dan have been completed or are assured of completion: Marcia Falk’s Night of Beginnings: A Passover Haggadah, which sold out its first run and is considering a second printing; the translation from Hebrew to English of Mordecai Kaplan’s Ha-Emunah Ve-musar (the Good Life), now being edited by Rabbi Richard Hirsh and Eric Caplan; Eric Caplan’s book on Social Justice; and Jeff Schein’s 21st Century Kaplanian Vision of Jewish Education.   

  • We are partnering on a new project with Reconstructing Judaism’s Ritual Well - a Book on Blessings and Prayers for Family, a dream of Caryn Jacobs, generously supported by Jack Wolofsky.

  • Jane Susswein and Mel Scult have completed the transcription of revealing personal vignettes about Kaplan, based on taped interviews from 1972-5.  

  • Last year, we sponsored seven well-received webinars with over 800 people viewing. An even fuller set of webinars is planned for this year.

  • The Dan Cedarbaum Prize for Jewish Education has been awarded to two exceptional educators.  You’ll have a chance to meet them at a half-day education conference in November during which we will launch the 21st Century Kaplanian Innovation Garden in Jewish Education, featuring the two prize winners and 14 others who merit our praise. 

  • Institutionally, we secured the professional leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Schein as our executive director for the next two years and expanded the Kaplan Center board.

We do not want to rest on our laurels.  Your continued financial support will allow us to reach even higher levels of scholarship and program. 

We hope you will consider renewing last year’s gift.  For gifts of $250 or more, you will have the opportunity, if you wish, to be recognized as a sponsor of one of our upcoming webinars. The webinar schedule will be distributed shortly.  In the interim, a gift of any size is appreciated.*

We are pleased to announce that the Kaplan Center has officially received its 501c(3) status. Gifts are fully tax-deductible. You can DONATE HERE or on our website www.kaplancenter.org by clicking the "Support Us" button at the top of the page. For those wishing to pay with a personal or foundation check, you may send it ℅ Jeffrey Schein, 3601 Park Center Blvd, Apt 307, Minneapolis, MN 55416.  Checks should be made payable to the Mordecai Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood (we have dropped the “M” from our name).

We welcome your ideas and look forward to a fruitful year of Kaplanian exploration.

*We recognize that some of you have already made a pledge based on conversations with Jeffrey.  If that is the case, you can simply use the same "Support Us" link and Jeffrey will track the gift.

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