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Kaplan Minyan

The Bnai Keshet Kaplan Minyan is named for Reconstructionist Judaism founder Mordecai Kaplan, who sought to create a Jewish framework for discussions of ethics, culture, history and current events. They are designed for people who enjoy a communal Shabbat and want to enrich their understanding of Jewish peoplehood in an alternative, less traditional setting.
The Kaplan Minyan, which meets in the Red Gables historic house across the parking lot from the synagogue’s main building, begins at
10:30am with selected songs and readings.

Upcoming Sessions

All sessions are Saturdays from 10:30am - noon unless otherwise noted 

November 23rd: Chris Silver speaking on Morocco
(combined event with BK scholar-in-residence)
Dvar Torah
"Rethinking the Jewish-Muslim Relationship"
We tend to think of Jews and Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa as enemies, not neighbors. This d'var examines the modern history of Jewish-Muslim relations beyond just conflict. Together we will explore the interconnected and entangled worlds of Jews and Muslims as the two communities navigated colonialism, nationalism, war, and decolonization. In doing so, we will seek to challenge our assumptions about the ways in which Jews and Muslims lived together in the not too distant past.

Chris Silver bio:
Chris Silver serves as Segal Family Assistant Professor in Jewish History and Culture in the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University. He earned his PhD in History from UCLA. Recipient of awards from the Posen Foundation, the American Academy of Jewish Research, and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Silver's scholarship on Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia has appeared in Hesperis-Tamuda, History Today, and online for the USHMM's Holocaust Encyclopedia. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the subject of Jews, Muslims, and music in twentieth century North Africa.

December 21st: Samuel Farber speaking on Cuba (in Red Gables)

January 18th: Michael Matthews speaking on Jewish DNA (in Red Gables)

February 15th: Mark Leuchter speaking on Origins of the 10 Commandments (in Red Gables)

March 14th: Andre Willis speaking on the Exodus Narrative in the Jewish and African American Traditions (in the sanctuary)

April 4th: Jeff Feig speaking on Kotel Negotiations (in Red Gables)

May 16th: Miriam Schneir speaking on Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case (in Red Gables)

June 20th: Michelle Cameron speaking on The Striggle between Assimilation and Preserving Our Traditions (in Red Gables)

Wed, November 20 2019 22 Cheshvan 5780