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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.

Upcoming Sessions

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

May 12, 2018: Rabbi Israel S. Dresner: Witness to History: Freedom-Riding

Rabbi Israel Dresner, civil rights activist and rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Kivah in Wayne, NJ, and documentary filmmaker Jimmie Richardson will speak about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Northern New Jersey. 

Rabbi Dresner, who met Dr. King in Albany, GA, in 1962, was actively involved in the “Freedom Summers” of the 1960s. He will share harrowing stories of demonstrations, jail, threats, and abuse, as he marched side by side with the civil rights leader and was often arrested with him. He has a framed letter from Dr. King, written from a jail cell in St. Augustine, inviting Rabbi Dresner to bring a contingent of rabbis to Florida to demonstrate against civil rights abuses. The rabbi, joined by 16 others, accepted the invitation, and they were all arrested. As a mark of their friendship, Dr. King was a guest preacher at Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield, NJ, Rabbi Dresner’s synagogue at the time.  

June 2, 2018: Jim Goodman (The Akedah: Jewish, Christian, & Muslim Perspectives) 

 

 

 

Thu, April 19 2018 4 Iyar 5778