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Manuscript Collection No. 806
Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Larry Kaplan was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He came to the rabbinate later in life, deciding to go back to school after having his Bar Mitzvah at the age of 26. After enrolling in the Rutgers Extension Program in Paterson, he moved to Ohio to attend the University of Cincinnati and graduated cum laude with a degree in Philosophy in 1961. Ordained from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1965, he served congregations in St. Louis, Missouri, Bowie, Maryland, and Huntington, West Virginia, before assuming the post of rabbi at Temple Beth Or, Washington Township, New Jersey from 1968–1976.
Kaplan left New Jersey for Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1977. He served as rabbi there until the late 1980s. He then became the head rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Danville, Virginia, followed by Rodeph Shalom in Montreal, Canada. He served Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte, Florida from 1992 until his death in 1996. In 1990, Kaplan was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from HUC-JIR for twenty-five years of service to the rabbinate. He taught courses in Judaism at Florida Southern University, was treasurer of the Ministerial Association of Port Charlotte, served on the ethics committee for Columbia Fawcett Hospital, and belonged to the Rotarian Society and Jewish Chautauqua Society.
Kaplan’s first wife, Esther, passed away during his tenure at Temple Beth Or. He married his second wife, Phyllis, in 1970. He had two children, Seth and Wendi.
This collection consists mostly of correspondence, along with some service materials and announcements for Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Correspondence is both personal and professional from his years in Iowa. Included in this collection is correspondence with the General Assembly of Virginia regarding the establishment of April 10 as Holocaust Remembrance Day, as well as a conflict in 1983 with Ahron Y. Lubling, an Orthodox rabbi who claimed Larry Kaplan and the Reform Jewish community were not really “Jewish”.
This collection is arranged in single series with materials arranged chronologically
Terms of Access and Use
This collection is open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Larry Kaplan, by the act of donating the Larry Kaplan Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Larry Kaplan's heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Kaplan, Larry. Bar Mitzvah, November 4, 1955. TR-488.
Kaplan, Larry. Nearprint. Nearprint Biographies.
Kaplan, Larry. Photographs. PC-2191.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Larry Kaplan Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-806. Larry Kaplan Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Larry Kaplan papers were received from Larry Kaplan, Port Charlotte, Fla., in January, 1993.
Processed by Processed by Michelle Wirth, September, 2011.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Kaplan, Larry, 1929-1996
Temple Beth Sholom (Danville, Va.)
Temple Judah (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Synagogues -– Virginia -– Danville
Synagogues –- Iowa -– Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids (Iowa)