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The Ira and Judith Kaplan Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives

Welcome to the online home of the Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives!

The Archives was established to preserve the early history of the Reconstructionist movement and to collect the records of the College since its founding in 1968. The Archives include the world’s largest collection of personal papers of and correspondence with Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, Ph.D., as well as the papers of Ira Eisenstein, Ph.D. (RRC’s founding president); the papers of Judith Kaplan Eisenstein, Ph.D.; materials relating to early institutions, organizations and leaders of the Reconstructionist movement; and selected materials related to disciples and associates of Rabbi Kaplan.

At present, the physical Archives is closed and we cannot accommodate research requests or accept donations. We invite you to visit our online exhibition, Corresponding with Kaplan and to consult our finding aid. On rare occasions, our consulting archivist can fulfill special requests. Please contact officeofthepresident@reconstructingjudaism.org.

Finding Aid (PDF)

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