Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman (b. 1924). Born in Poland, educated in Vienna, and escaped the Nazis in 1941 by immigrating to the United States. Although ordained as a rabbi with the Chassidic sect HaBaD, Schachter-Shalomi fell away from the movement and received his Ph.D. from the Reform seminary Hebrew Union College. SchachterShalomi, since the 1960s, has been a leader in the Jewish Renewal movement. He combines a thoroughly traditional education with a modern outlook on religion. He emphasizes the importance of ecology, as well as promoting a personal relationship with God through joyous prayer, song, and dance.
Courtesy: Professor Shai Cherry