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about every aspect o f the American Jewish experience and hope ­
fully someday it will be made available to the general public.
In a sense, Mordecai Kaplan’s life embodies the American
Jewish experience o f the first ha lf o f the twentieth century. A rriv­
ing here as a boy, growing up in New York City, becoming
thoroughly Americanized, he has struggled to find ways o f mak­
ing Judaism compatible with the American experience and the
modern temper. As rabbi, teacher, writer, and lecturer he has
spearheaded the found ing o f new institutions and stimulated the
reconsideration o f long held assumptions. Kaplan’s life is a model
for all of us.