The Reb Zalman Legacy Project

The Reb Zalman Legacy Project was begun by the Yesod Foundation in 2003 to preserve, develop and disseminate the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. The major goal of the original project was to establish an archive of Reb Zalman’s papers and other media at a major university that would then be widely accessible to researchers at all levels.

The Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection

The Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection was first established at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in 2005, and was later transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010.

The collection is comprised of 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. This collection will be the hub of the larger Jewish Renewal Collection, as well as the still larger Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collection at the University of Colorado.

The Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Youtube Project

From the year 2000 to 2014, Boulder psychotherapist, Michael Kosacoff, filmed hundreds of private sessions, public talks, and events with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. In 2018, Kosacoff offered to collaborate with the Yesod Foundation in making his private collection of video recordings of Schachter-Shalomi available to the public on Youtube. This project is currently in progress. When complete, it will be the most extensive video collection of Schachter-Shalomi anywhere.

The HeartFire Festival

The Yesod Foundation is a sponsor of the HeartFire Festival, founded in part to bring the inspiration and teachings of Reb Zalman to a new generation of spiritual seekers. HeartFire Festival combines the best elements of great festival music and performance art with access to genuine spiritual teachers and authentic transformational workshops held in a sacred atmosphere. HeartFire is a new kind of reproducible festival-summit for exploring the intersection between art, spirituality, and ecology in different venues around the country.

Other Projects

The Moreh Yehudis Fishman Fund

Moreh Yehudis Fishman is a much beloved scholar-teacher of Jewish wisdom in Boulder, Colorado, and a close colleague of Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, who admired her abilities. The Moreh Yehudis Fishman Fund is used to support her ongoing writing and teaching activities.