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Stanley Kaplan dies

NEW YORK (JTA) — Stanley Kaplan, the founder of the Kaplan prep center for standardized tests and a prolific Jewish philanthropist, died Sunday. He was 90.

Kaplan, who founded the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers Ltd., gave four- and five-figure gifts to a wide array of Jewish causes, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, the UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Family and Children Services, the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Ben-Gurion University, the biblical theatrical group Storahtelling and a number of synagogues. He also gave to a variety of gay and lesbian causes.

“The Kaplans’ focus was on leveling the playing field and giving access to the disadvantaged,” said Gali Cooks, head of the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation.