Dear Kaplan Center Friend,
Kaplan wrote in the 1941 Guide to Jewish Ritual: “The custom of dropping a coin daily or weekly at a specified time into a Jewish National Fund box or a box devoted to some general philanthropic purpose, and of accompanying this act with an appropriate benediction would be a sanctifying practice of great ethical significance.”
We hope our need to sustain the work of the Mordecai Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood and your need to find “great ethical significance” in giving Tzedakah might happily meet during this month of Elul as we prepare for the High Holidays.
During the past Jewish year of 5782, 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 November education half-day conference. 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.
If you have already made a gift to the Kaplan Center this year, we are grateful and thank you very much. If not, we hope you will consider supporting us.