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Congregation Sons of Abraham

The heart of Jewish life in the La Crosse area for over 100 years

1820 Main Street, La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 784-2708 |

Fran Kaplan: A Passion for the Pursuit of Social Justice

Milwaukee-based social activist Dr. Fran Kaplan will explore the historical and current state of relations between the African American and Jewish communities through the lens of her personal story and life’s work.

Dr. Kaplan’s fifty-year career has been spent working against poverty and for social justice and peace locally, nationally, and internationally. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master of Social Work degree.

Her work as an adult educator, social worker and community organizer has taken her into various arenas, including farmworker rights, women’s healthcare, child protection, parenting education, and public history. She has served as an executive, program, and training director. She is also a published author and filmmaker.

For the past seven years Fran has worked full time with the community group that formed the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation and operates the America’s Black Holocaust Museum. She has been particularly involved in developing the Foundation’s online museum, its public education programs, and interracial dialogues. Dr. Kaplan also helped launch the Foundation’s publishing division, LifeWrites Press, and has served as managing editor and contributor to its digital and print publications.

Dr. Kaplan has received numerous community service awards, including the 2016 Eliminating Racism Award from the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin. On her 70th birthday in 2017, the Honorable Gwen Moore, Representative of Wisconsin’s 4th District, read an extended tribute to Fran into the US Congressional Record.

Please RSVP below and  include the number of  attendees

When:                  Sunday, October 15

Where:                Congregation Sons of Abraham

Time:                   10 a.m. to Noon

Cost:                    $9.00

RSVP:                 by Wednesday, October 11

Please note any dietary restrictions or concerns on your reservation.

10 thoughts on “Fran Kaplan: A Passion for the Pursuit of Social Justice”

  1. Freedlands says:

    We will attend.

  2. Keren Prombaum and Simcha says:

    The Prombaums will attend. thanks

  3. Alyssa Henning says:

    I will be there! Looking forward to it!

  4. Monica Lazere says:

    My visiting son Steve and I will be there…looking forward to it
    Monica Lazere

  5. David Hartman says:

    Will be there, Jo is off to a coffee conference in Portland, OR!

  6. Freedlands says:

    Backtracking a bit. Just one for the Freedlands on Sunday please. Thank you.

  7. Barb Nagel says:

    I’ll be there but only until 11 AM when I meet with my Gan Aleph class.

  8. Fran Kaplan says:

    Mary Nelson and her husband will attend.

  9. Ron Malzer says:

    I will attend. So will Mary Nrlson, a UU member who first extended the invitation that brought Dr. Kaplan and Reggie Jackson to La Crosse.

  10. Fran Kaplan says:

    I am very pleased that my colleague Reggie Jackson will stay an extra day in La Crosse to join us at the brunch.

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