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Mordecai M. Kaplan (1881 - 1983) is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant Jewish thinkers of the last century. In this talk, Dr. Eric Caplan will discuss aspects of Kaplan's work that have much to contribute to contemporary Jewish life, includin g his approach to Jewish education, socio - economic challenges, and Jewish ritual. The lecture will dr aw heavily from Kaplan's lesser known writings, including his unpublished diaries. 

Dr. Caplan is the author of From Ideology to Liturgy: Reconstructionist Worship and American Liberal Judaism , published by Hebrew Union College Press in 2002. Dr. Caplan is the Director of McGill University's Jewish Teacher Training Program, Chair of its Department of Jewish Studies, and an associate professor in its Facultie s of Arts and Education. He is vice - president of the Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood.