Through a series of gifts, the Kaplans are providing support for what the university describes as the world's first endowed position in Judaica digital humanities, as well as research fellowships, in-kind gifts of Americana and early American Judaica, and an endowment for future acquisitions. The most recent gifts from the couple coincides with the launch of a new website, the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica, which provides free access to nearly seven thousand digital items for viewing and downloading.
In 2012, the Kaplans committed their collection to Penn Libraries and have since added to their gift. The collection provides insight into four centuries of Jewish history from the perspective of American Jewish citizens and in the context of larger trans-Atlantic Jewish communities.
"The Kaplans' forward-thinking gifts continue an extraordinary tradition of philanthropy. Their generosity will ensure long-lasting access to a world-class collection," said Constantia Constantinou, the H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries. "We are proud to be home to a collection that speaks to the history and values of freedom and opportunity and the great tradition of pluralism in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania."