Mendel Kaplan (philanthropist)
Kaplan was the honorary president of Keren Hayesod and a former chairman of the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors. He financed numerous philanthropic projects in South Africa, Israel and Jewish communities around the world. In 1980, he founded the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Cape Town. In 2000, he established the South African Jewish Museum.
Kaplan was an Israeli citizen and owned two homes in Israel.
Kaplan died of a stroke on 19 November 2009.
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