Rabbi Schachter has held the World Wisdom Seat at Naropa University and is Professor Emeritus at Temple University. He is a major figure in the Jewish spiritual renewal movement, presenting the central teachings of Hassidism and Kabbalah in a contemporary and heartfelt manner.
Born in Poland in 1924 and raised in Vienna, he fled the Nazi advance by coming to the United States in 1941. He was ordained in 1947 and received a Ph.D. in 1968 from Hebrew Union College.
He has published over 150 articles and monographs on Jewish spiritual life, and has translated many Hassidic and Kabbalistic texts.
In 1989 Rabbi Schachter founded the Spiritual Eldering Institute to meet the needs of the current generation of elders, because "every life matters immensely and every well lived and completed life helps in healing the world." A new book by
Rabbi Zalman on spiritual eldering is forthcoming.
Rabbi Zalman's written works include:
The First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit
Reb Zalman's Guide to Recapturing Intimacy & Ecstasy in Your Relationship to God
A Study of Counseling in Hasidism
From the Jewish Renewal Teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
From Aging to Sage-ing
A Profound New Vision for Growing Older
Worlds of Jewish Prayer
A Festschrift in Honor of Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi