Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ray Kaplan z"l

From Misha Arens:

Ray (Reuven) Kaplan, a former member of  the Netzivut Betar USA, passed away.
He led the  first group of American Betarim to make aliya in May 1948 on the Marine Carp. Was imprisoned in Lebanon together with all the male Jews on the boat.  One of the founders of Mvoot Betar. An electrical engineer graduate of MIT.  One of our best.
I recruited him to Betar while we were at MIT.

From the Obituary:

Raymond Kaplan December 18, 1926 – November 30, 2018 
Raymond Kaplan, age 91, of River Vale, New Jersey passed away on Friday November 30, 2018. Ray was a retired Aerospace Engineering Executive. A US Navy veteran of WWII, he received his undergraduate engineering degree from MIT and did his graduate work at Columbia University. 

While studying at MIT, he met Moshe Arens (future Defense and Foreign Minister is various Israeli governments) and under his influence, became a lifelong ardent Zionist. As a member of the National Executive of the Brit Trumpeldor / Betar Zionist Youth Group, he led a group of Betar volunteers to Israel during the War of Independence in 1948. In 1950, he was a founding member of Mevuot, a border settlement in the Judean Hills of Israel. He lived in Israel for several years with his wife Rebecca, who he met in Israel, and returned to the US in 1952 with his wife and baby daughter, Ruth, to pursue his engineering career. 
As an Aerospace Engineer, he was involved in a number of critical defense programs, supplying Guidance and Navigation Systems to the US armed forces. In the early 1970’s as a Program Manager for his company, Siger/Kearfott, he worked with the Israel Ministry of Defense on a number of critical programs, supplying Guidance and Navigation Systems for Israel Air Force and the Israel Navy. 
After his retirement in 1993, he became an active volunteer in a number of organizations and endeavors. He became Vice-President of Kulanu, a national organization devoted to finding and helping lost Jewish communities return to their Heritage. As a volunteer in the Senior Net Program at the JCC in Tenafly, he was a long time instructor and coach teaching Senior Citizens the modern wonders of the computer world. He was an active member of Temple Israel Community Center in Cliffside Park, where he served as Vice-President and Treasurer for many years. He was also an active leader of the Winston Towers Jewish Holiday Association, which organized and provided High Holiday services for hundreds of residents at the Palisadium in Cliffside Park. 
For a number of years, he interviewed holocaust survivors at Ramapo College. Their harrowing stories were videotaped and supplied to the Holocaust Research Center at Yale University. A life-long Zionist, he was a member of the Zionist Organization of America and Americans for a Safe Israel. In addition, as a violinist since age five, he played in community Symphony Orchestras all his adult life. He played with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestras for many years and played chamber music regularly with a local String Quartet. 
Ray’s wife of 66 years Rebecca had predeceased him. He is survived by two children Ruth and Charles as well as two granddaughter’s Emily and Lindsey Darwish, and sister Thea Saltus and brother Asa Kaplan.

Ray appears in this photo, second from left first row:

From Sheldon Lerman, a pic from 2008, with Misha Arens in NY.

His autobiography.


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