Interview with Jeff Kaplan, March 23, 2017

Project: Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project

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In this interview, Jeffrey Kaplan recounts his life as a Jewish businessman in Lexington, Kentucky, from his mid-adult life to present day (in 2017). Beginning with his childhood, he describes how he grew up surrounded by other Jewish children and was educated in Judaism. During this time, Kaplan had several unique experiences that cemented his identity as a Jewish person, such as participating in an imaginative Jewish wedding ceremony as a child, which included a makeshift chuppah and stand-in rabbi. However, his parents provided knowledge beyond that of their faith as well.

Kaplan's father was a store-owner in Miami, Florida, during Kaplan's childhood in the 1970s and Kaplan claims that his involvement with his father's work inspired his own "entrepreneurial spirit" - and Kaplan's eventual business pursuits. Kaplan married his college sweetheart, Carol, and they had two daughters, Robin and Samantha. Kaplan and his wife kept a traditional Jewish home, which included kashrut and Sabbath observance, which was more ritual observance than he had experienced during his childhood. In his later adult life, inspired by his father and supported by his wife, Kaplan decided to become a franchisee of Subway Corporate. This venture quickly developed into a full-fledged career and Kaplan later became the owner of the Parkette restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky, which is now locally renowned. Although he attributes much of his good character to his Jewish faith, Kaplan insists that determination and the acceptance of his own failures allowed him to become successful in business. Through his running of the Parkette and his involvement in the local Jewish community, he continues to serve members of the Lexington community. In conclusion, Jeffrey Kaplan advises listeners to pursue their own dreams and desires, just as he did.

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2017oh174_jk045

Interviewee Name

Jeff Kaplan

Interviewer Name

Katie Segal

Joseph Kingsbury

Interview Date

2017-03-23

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Kaplan, Jeff Interview by Katie Segal. 23 Mar. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kaplan, J. (2017, March 23). Interview by K. Segal. Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kaplan, Jeff, interview by Katie Segal. March 23, 2017, Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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