Rabbi Morton Kaplan
Rabbi Morton Kaplan joined Temple Bat Yam in 2000 and served as spiritual leader for six years. He is retired and lives in Charlotte, NC. As anchor of our Jewish community, he and his wife Joan helped us celebrate many happy events, such as weddings, baby namings and bar and bat mitzvot, and were there to ease our grief at the loss of loved ones. They were the first to visit the sick in the hospital or at home. Under his guidance, the Temple's shabbat and holiday services were well-attended and the monthly Havdalah pot luck dinners and discussions continued to draw good attendance. He especially enjoyed conducting our annual Passover Seder, where he encouraged the children and adults to participate in the service.
A dedicated scholar and educator, Rabbi Kaplan excelled in teaching adult education classes about Jewish and biblical history, as well as classes for adult bar and bat mitzvot. Rabbi Kaplan was the voice of the Jewish Reform community in the Ocean Pines, Berlin, Ocean City and Salisbury areas, where he participated in many interfaith activities. He was a strong supporter of social consciousness and worked hard to make our annual Mitzvah Days successful.
He received a BA degree in Ancient and Medieval European History from the University of Cincinnati. After attending Hebrew Union College, he received his Rabbinical Ordination and Master of Hebrew Letter, with honors in 1967. After serving two years as an Army Chaplain, Rabbi Kaplan became Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Lynbrook, NY from 1969-1971. He served as Rabbi at North Country Reform Temple in Glen Cove, NY, Temple Sinai in Newport News, VA and Congregation Beth Israel in Woodbury, NJ--a small congregation which he served on Shabbat and holidays. During the years 1979-2000, he was involved in a family owned business. Committed to Reform Judaism and its outlook on the world, Rabbi Kaplan is a member of Temple Beth-El in Charlotte, where he continues to teach--on a part-time basis--about Judaism in general and the meaning of Reform Judaism in particular.