The Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection, currently in the process of being fully digitized, forms the core of a larger Jewish Renewal Archives at the University of Colorado. This collection includes personal papers, manuscripts, publications, as well as a wealth of audio and visual materials. Important subjects and categories within the collection include: Jewish Renewal and Jewish Spiritual Practice, Hasidism and Kabbalah, Deep Ecumenism and Psychology of Religion, Spiritual Ecology and Spiritual Eldering, and Schachter-Shalomi’s unique theory of Paradigm Shift. All of these materials also provide insight and historical background on the Jewish Renewal Movement as seen through the lens of Schachter-Shalomi, the founder and inspiration of the movement.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (b.1924), is generally considered one of the most significant Jewish spiritual leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries. A Holocaust survivor, early associated with Habad-Lubavitch Hasidism, Schachter-Shalomi went on to teach Jewish Mysticism and Pyschology of Religion at various universities, and to found the influential Jewish Renewal and Spiritual Eldering movements. Today, he is considered one of the world’s leading teachers of Hasidism and Kabbalah, and known for his deep engagement and dialogue with leaders of other religious traditions.
“Reb Zalman in celebratory prayer at Baker’s Beach, California.” Photo credit: Yehudit Goldfarb, 1987.