Dr. Mordecai Kaplan Honored on 60th Birthday

More than 900 civic, communal and religious leaders met last night at the Commodore Hotel and paid tribute to Dr. Mordecai M. Kaplan for 40 years of leadership in the Jewish religious and educational life of America.

Dr. Kaplan, whose 60th birthday was celebrated at last night’s dinner, is professor of homiletics and dean of the Teacher’s Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lecturer at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He is rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism whose synagogue is in New York; and he is the head of the Reconstructionist Movement, which advocates a contemporary program for American Judaism. The dinner was sponsored by the Reconstructionist Foundation.

Speakers at the dinner were: Dr. Solomon Goldman of Chicago, Frank L. Weil, president of the Jewish Welfare Board; Dr. Salmann Schocken of Jerusalem, regent of the Hebrew University; Professor Louis Finkelstein, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the Synagogue Council of America.

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