The Hickory Jewish Community's History
Interesting facts and details about our history are available in the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life.
Meet the Rabbi
Rabbi Morton Kaplan joined Temple Bat Yam in Ocean City, Maryland in 2000 and served as their spiritual leader for six years. He retired to Charlotte, NC before taking on the role of Temple Beth Shalom’s permanent, part-time Rabbi. A dedicated scholar and educator, Rabbi Kaplan excels in teaching adult education classes about Jewish and biblical history.
Prior to moving south, 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 has been a strong supporter of social consciousness and has worked hard in these efforts.
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 excited to be a part of the Hickory Jewish community and to share his knowledge and experience as we continue to grow spiritually.