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Kaplan Minyan

Event Sessions

1. Saturday, March 11, 2017 • 13 Adar 5777

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM“Conversations Re Current Events : There and Here”

2. Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 26 Nisan 5777

10:30 AM - 12:00 PMNoach Shapiro

3. Saturday, May 20, 2017 • 24 Iyyar 5777

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

4. Saturday, June 3, 2017 • 9 Sivan 5777

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Next Kaplan Minyan:

Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 am in Red Gables “Conversations Re Current Events : There and Here” With J.J. Goldberg, Journalist and Israel Policy Expert, and BK member Mark Seal, Senior Organizational Executive.

J.J. Goldberg, the Forward’s editor in chief from 2000 to
2007, has also served as U.S. bureau chief of The Jerusalem
Report and managing editor of the New York Jewish Week.
His books include Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish
Establishment, named by the Philadelphia Inquirer among
the “100 Most Important Books” of 1996; and Builders and
Dreamers, a history of Labor Zionism in America. Before
entering journalism he was an education specialist with the
World Zionist Organization in Jerusalem, a founding member
and secretary-general of Kibbutz Gezer, near Tel Aviv, and a
New York City cabdriver. He has been a sharpshooter with the Israeli Border Police Civil Guard, a member of the central committee of the United Kibbutz Movement and a member of the Pulitzer Prize jury.

Mark Seal is VP of the Joel Paul Group, an executive
recruitment firm working with not-for-profit organizations.
During his more than ten years as an executive recruiter,
he has worked with organizations in international affairs,
refugee resettlement, public policy advocacy, fund raising,
synagogue management, religious activism and marketing,
media, and public relations. Seal also has over twenty-five
years of senior management experience with Jewish nonprofit
organizations, including the JTA, an international non-profit news agency;HIAS, an international refugee resettlement, immigration assistance and public policy agency; the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, a national, grass roots, progressive, egalitarian religious movement; and the American Jewish Congress an international defense and public policy advocacy agency. Seal was also a
founding member of Kibbutz Gezer, serving as the community’s first financial/business manager and its external representative.


Kaplan Minyans are alternative Shabbat services held monthly at Bnai Keshet.  KMs reflect the thinking of Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, who described Judaism as an evolving religious civilization.  KMs combine a selection of readings and songs with lively discussion of Jewish ethics, culture, current events, and history.

KMs will appeal to those who enjoy the warmth of a communal Shabbat and enriching their understanding of Jewish peoplehood, but who may welcome an alternative, less traditional Shabbat experience.  In the spirit of “reconstruction,” the minyans will combine some service elements with selected innovative readings and extended discussion.

A mix of BK members and outside scholars will lead the KMs. Upcoming topics include a contemporary discussion of idolatry, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as played out on college campuses, and the writings of Mordecai Kaplan.

Each Kaplan Minyan will start at 10:30 a.m. at Bnai Keshet and end at noon so participants can join the community kiddush in the main sanctuary.  


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