INSPIRED BY Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's extraordinary vision, a small group of his friends, supporters, and students in Boulder, Colorado formed a new non-profit Jewish foundation in 1998. Reb Zalman agreed to become its Spiritual Director and suggested a name—the Yesod Foundation (yesod, meaning, ‘foundation,’ and being one of the ten divine qualities on the Kabbalistic “Tree of Life”).
The Yesod Foundation's mission is to bring the deep wisdom of the Jewish tradition to contemporary culture. Yesod works to advance Jewish spirituality, following the example of Reb Zalman, in the following ways: (1.) through the Reb Zalman Legacy Project, which is preserving, developing and disseminating Reb Zalman's life work for our own and future generations and (2.) supporting local, regional, and international programs which continue Reb Zalman's vision.