Rabbi Julie's Spring 2022 Education Series: The Legacy of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

posted Mar 16, 2022, 3:18 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Mar 22, 2022, 1:06 PM ]
Leyv Ha-Ir's Education Committee welcomes you to participate in Rabbi Julie's Spring 2022 Education Series. Rabbi Julie will be leading a discussion of the life, teachings, and legacy of Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi.

Reb Zalman was a major force of reinvigoration for contemporary Judaism. He was a beloved teacher and guide for decades, serving as the right hand man of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and eventually as a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. Some members of our congregation knew him personally and all of us are the beneficiaries of his dedication to thriving Jewish community.

The reading material is drawn from Reb Zalman's 2013 book Jewish With Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice. You do not have to buy the book to participate. More information about the book is available here. It can be purchased online at your preferred book seller. Here is a link to it at Bookshop.org (which donates a portion of sale proceeds to local book stores). It is also sold by the famous Powell's Books (link is here) and on Amazon.

Throughout the course, consider these questions:
  • How do you imagine your life would be different without the contributions Reb Zalman made to our part of the Jewish world?
  • What ingredients went into Reb Zalman feeling empowered to boldly renew the Judaism he had inherited?
  • What losses and what blessings do you see in his choices about how and what to lead?

April 10, 2022 - The Life of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi:

In this first session in our series, we will get to know some of the life story of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, situated in historical context. Deeply rooted in the Old World, holocaust survivor, traditional Chassid, Reb Zalman became one of the most innovative Jewish leaders in this country, birthing the Jewish Renewal movement that continues to shape Judaism unto this day. How did he come from where he came and become who he became? Please read the Introduction and first chapter of Judaism with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice. To help prepare for Passover, you are also welcome to watch this wonderful YouTube video of Reb Zalman teaching about Passover.


Passover video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diTXNR4ck8g


May 15, 2022 - The Teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi:

In the second session in our series, we will look at some of the ways that Reb Zalman took traditional Jewish teachings and practices and infused relevance and meaning into them. He brought Judaism alive for new generations of people living in a very modern world. Please read chapter two in Judaism with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice. You can also  enjoy this wonderful YouTube video on highlights of Jewish Renewal teaching by Reb Zalman.




June 12, 2022 - The Legacy of Reb Zalman:

In the final session in our series we will examine how Reb Zalman traveled around the globe planting seeds of Jewish Renewal. Often in the wake of his workshops, new communities sprang up, they grew connections, a movement was born. We will explore how his legacy is alive and well today. As usual, please bring your questions and reflections to our lively discussion. 

Please read Chapter 4 and Chapter 7 of Judaism with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice. You also might be interested in starting early to prepare for the High Holy Days:


High Holy Day video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGQrUvBd710&sns=em


You do not have to attend all sessions to participate.

Participation for LHI members is free of charge. We ask non-members to consider making a suggested minimum donation of $18 per person for the series, which you can make through PAYPAL on LHI’s website or by check payable to Leyv Ha-Ir, P.O. Box 15836, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Information for this and all virtual events will automatically be sent to LHI members. If non-members would like to participate, please email us at info@leyvhair.org, or call us at 215-629-1995, to request that the remote access information be sent to you the day before each session.