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Lived to be 102 years old Born in 1881 in Lithuania Died in 1983 in New York City His family moved to new York City at eight years old Lived in Israel for a few years in the 1970's His father was an orthodox rabbit and respected Talmudic scholar Received a rich Jewish education His father realized the importance of Mordecai being able to speak English if he were to live in America, so he enrolled Mordecai in a Jewish school associated with modern orthodoxy Did a BA in Greek and Latin Did a Masters of sociology Worked in an orthodox congregation during university Believed that the children of Jewish immigrants could connect to the material presented to them Believed that Jewish life as it had been lived could not continue Supported biblical criticism (the Torah is made up of components, and whether or not those are written by God, they are put together by human beings) Solomon Schecter heard Kaplan speak about his ideas on Jewish education and invited him to help found and run Jewish Teacher's Institute at the Jewish
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Unformatted text preview: Theological Seminary Kaplan did this from 1909-1963 ○ • One of the first American Jewish leaders to embrace Zionism • Developed a philosophy of reconstructionism He wanted to reconstruct Judaism to fit the modern age ○ • Argued that Jewish education is important in the modern world is because it helps us be better people and to foster the well-being and growth of the individual • God is the life of the universe, not necessarily a divinable being • Ritual observance is important, but inherited rituals can be changed to make them relevant or they can be ignored if they are impractical or immoral • Education should emphasize the child's lived experience We learn more easily through practice and action than through theory and thought ○ • Mordecai Kaplan Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:44 PM and thought Emphasis should be placed on the social function of education Education should not be confined to "the four walls of the schoolhouse" ○ •...
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