This short biography of Mordecai Kaplan is written for children from 5th to 9th grade. It also has proved useful for adult education classes for a brief review of Kaplan’s life before delving into other topics of Kaplanian or Reconstructionist thought. It is accompanied by study questions that might guide your exploration of the meaning of the value of Kaplan’s life and work after having read the story.
This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood.
Mordecai M. Kaplan – A Short Biography
Questions for Reflection
- What particularly interested you about Mordecai Kaplan’s life?
- If you could ask him a question, what would it be?
- What would Rabbi Kaplan think if he visited your synagogue and Jewish education program today?*
- If you were to help Rabbi Kaplan dream some dreams of an even more creative Jewish life for the 21st century, what would they be?
(* You might respond to this question by referring to the five goals for Jewish learning and living outlined in the Kaplanian Report Card.)