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Sara Kaplan

Teaching Tolerance

Well, I liked teaching kids what they didn't know. I liked teaching kids about black kids and white kids and Asian kids. I liked that kind of thing. I never was angry with any student that I had. If I wouldn't like what he was doing, I'd tell him so. But I liked teaching. I really liked it.Ó

“I’ve been to Israel twice. My husband took me once, and in the 1960s I took, I think, 14 kids to Israel when there was a convention. And I took them from different high schools. I took one from Seattle, I think I took two from my school, and then took one from every school here. There were no Jewish students. Or maybe one Jewish student, a mix of kids, a mix of religion. I took a couple of foreign students there. And it was very nice. I wish I could do it again.”

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Sara Dalkowitz Kaplan
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Sara Dalkowitz Kaplan
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“I really loved Seymour Kaplan. I keep thinking about him all the time. He was an Anti-Defamation League Director. We were kindred spirits in many ways. We shared his work. And working with the Democratic Party, and I guess everything. And he was very good to our children.”

The Importance of Israel

“One day, when the Democrats were not supporting Israel, we actually walked out of a political party. I had been a Jew in a foreign city-Pearsall, Texas. Where none of my friends were Jewish, except they went to my graduation. But when the State of Israel began, it was great. I was in New York at [Columbia] University when the State of Israel was formed. A lot of people came to my room and told me. It was a very exciting moment for me.”

Sara Dalkowitz Kaplan
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Sara Dalkowitz Kaplan
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sara Kaplan." (Viewed on September 17, 2014) <http://jwa.org/communitystories/seattle/narrators/kaplan-sara>.

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