Generations: Janet Kaplan

Janet and Kap (Myron) Kaplan shared friends, food, and adventure in their 33 years together.   They met in high school in San Francisco and came from slightly different backgrounds.  Janet’s family had migrated from Europe a generation earlier and didn’t have a strong Jewish identity.  Even so, she was confirmed at Sherith Israel.  Kap’s family hailed more recently from Lithuania and were Orthodox.  Both families would eventually donate money to the formation of Rodef Sholom at Kap’s urging.  Janet recalls Kap was very active in soliciting funding from the Jewish community for the new temple in Marin.

After Kap’s time in the Navy, they moved to Marin; first in Larkspur and by 1957 they had settled in Sausalito with an expansive view of the Bay.  Janet made friends wherever she went, and although she didn’t particularly seek out Jewish friends, she was active with Rodef Sholom’s sisterhood for the 15 years or so that her daughters, Linda and Nancy, were growing up.  Janet cooked for the second night Passover seders, first led by Rabbi Morten Hoffman and then by Rabbi Barenbaum.  She was also editor of the Rodef Sholom cookbook (as well as writing a cookbook of her own, Crackers and Snackers).

After their girls were grown, Janet and Kap took up biking and traveling.  They joined a biking group in Marin and traveling overseas on bike trips by themselves to places such as Northern Italy, central Germany and England.

Their adventures together were cut short by Kap’s untimely death in 1981 at the age of 53. In the years since, Janet continued to live in Sausalito until very recently, and continued cooking, spending time with friends, and traveling.  At the age of 91, although she limits her plane travel to just a few hours distance, she still participates in the daily activities she loves; from her morning exercise class, mahjongg, to lunch with friends, and plans with her family, which now including 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.