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Kaplan Quote of the Week

Weekly Quote from Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, z"l (1881-1983)
What justification is there from the pragmatic point of view for the continued existence of Judaism, i.e., how can the distinctly Jewish principles rather than the secular principles of social justice etc. be of greater service in contributing toward the upbuilding of a better society and a more spiritualized individual existence?

Answer: The moral and spiritual aspects of life cannot be built up in vacuo. The principles of right and wrong, belief in God, etc. cannot be transmitted without reference to some historic background. That historic background is moreover essential to give momentum to the tendencies within us that make for living on a higher plane of existence than that of the sub-human being.

From Communings of the Spirit, Vol. I, page 165, Friday, September 22, 1922; used with permission.

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Keddem Congregation is a community-led, Reconstructionist Jewish congregation, passionately committed to infusing tradition with new meaning. Keddem is based in Palo Alto, California, on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Worship, study, community and governance at Keddem are based on the following values: Keddem Congregation is inclusive, egalitarian, participatory, inquiring, innovative, and compassionate.

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The Tishrei chaggim—the High Holy Days of Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur, the Festival of Sukkot, and the various other celebrations, are around the corner. Join Keddem again this year. To let us know you plan to come, please complete the form here.

As is our custom, and in consonance with our values, all Keddem High Holy Days services are open to the public without charge. (Your generous donations will, of course, be gratefully accepted, though!)

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For a description of each list and information on how to join a list, update your email address, remove yourself from a list, or post to a list, click here. (As mentioned there, archives are available for all of these lists.)

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P.O. Box 50758
Palo Alto, California 94303

Phone: (650) 494-6400
  Keddem is located in Palo Alto, California, the heart of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're but 30 miles from San Francisco and 17 miles from San José, in the "mid-peninsula" or "south peninsula" area.

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