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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

October 13, 2018
Mark Leuchter:
Forgetting & remembering Miriam in the Bible: A discussion of Cultural Memory, Mythmaking, and Patriarchal Social Structures

Mark Leuchter is professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism and director of Jewish Studies at Temple University.  He has written several books and articles on the history of prophecy and priesthood in Jewish antiquity, the role of women in ancient Israelite religion and society, and mythology in early Judaism and Christianity.  He also teaches courses on comparative world religion and religion and film, and researches the role of the Bible in contemporary American society and politics.

November 10, 2018 
Faith Kaplan:
d'var about her kidney transplant

December 22, 2018

January 19, 2019
Ari Laura Kreith:
J ewish activism, theater, and Tikkun Olam

 February 16, 2019

March 16, 2019
Michelle Fine

April 6, 2019
Steve Ellman:
Israel's Response to violence

May 18, 2019

June 15, 2019

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.

Mon, October 15 2018 6 Cheshvan 5779