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The Ira and Judith Kaplan Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives

Welcome to the Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives! We are pleased to provide free access, by appointment, to our collection of materials on the early history of the Reconstructionist movement and the records of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

The Archives exist to preserve the early history of the Reconstructionist movement and to collect the records of the College. The Archives include the world’s largest collection of personal papers of and correspondence with Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, Ph.D. 

The Archives’ mission is to preserve, organize and make accessible the history of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College from its 1968 founding to the present; the papers of Rabbi Kaplan; the papers of Ira Eisenstein, Ph.D. (RRC’s founding president); the papers of Judith Kaplan Eisenstein, Ph.D.; materials relating to early institutions, organizations and leaders of the Reconstructionist movement; and selected materials related to disciples and associates of Rabbi Kaplan. 

A finding aid is now available. Interested researchers may also contact the archivist at to schedule an appointment to visit the Archives.

Finding Aid (PDF)

General Inquiries   215.576.0800 ext. 258
Erin Hess, Archivist  215.576.0800 ext. 258
Mordecai Kaplan writing at a desk

Corresponding With Kaplan: Letters From the Reconstructionist Archives

A collection of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan’s correspondence, featuring letters individually selected and introduced by scholars.

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