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Commemoration of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan’s 25th Yahrzeit — Video Remembrances


Kaplan in conversation with RRC students

Commemorating the 25th yahrzeit of Mordecai M. Kaplan, z"l (2 Kislev 5744/November 8, 1983), RRC held a community-wide celebration of the intellectual founder of the Reconstructionist movement. One of Kaplan’s great granddaughters, Sharon Ann Musher, Ph.D., joined RRC’s board of governors, faculty, staff and students in sharing memories and thoughts about the legacy of this great figure in American Judaism.

Watch the brief talks below: •  Far-reaching influence, •  Kaplan and American civil religion, •  Unity of all Jewish people, •  Striving for the transcendent good, •  Great Grandpa’s vigor and kindness, •  Kaplan the “late bloomer,” •  Last years in Israel : A remembrance from Rabbi Jack Cohen, •  A New Zionism, •  Kaplan and Jewish memory, •  Building intensive communities.

Browse a list of source materials.

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, ’89
Introduction: Far-reaching influence [2 minutes]

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, '82, Ph.D.
Kaplan and American civil religion [5.5 minutes]

Rabbi Richard Hirsh, ’81
Unity of all Jewish people [8 minutes]

Rabbi Jacob J. Staub, '77, Ph.D.
Striving for the transcendent good [3.5 minutes]

Sharon Ann Musher, Ph.D.
Great Grandpa’s vigor and kindness [4 minutes]

Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D.
Kaplan the “late bloomer” [4 minutes]

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, ’99, Ph.D.
Last years in Israel : A remembrance from Rabbi Jack Cohen [3.5 minutes]

Rabbi Danielle Stillman, '10
A New Zionism [4 minutes]

Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, '96, Ph.D.
Kaplan and Jewish memory [4.5 minutes]

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, ’89
Conclusion: Building intensive communities [4.5 minutes]