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Yoram Getzler papers

Identifier: COU:4068

Scope and Contents

The Yoram Getzler Papers contain documents related to the founding and subsequent activities of Ahavi, correspondence between Getzler and Schachter-Shalomi, and sheet music related to Getzler's work as a music producer.


  • Creation: 1986 - 2012

Language of Materials

English and Hebrew.

Biographical / Historical

Yoram Getzler (Yoram ben Bella Miriam v’Yaakov, 1938-2013) was born in Petach Tikva, moved to New York, was at the institute for youth leaders from abroad in Jerusalem, worked as a cowboy in a Kibbutz in the Negev in 1957, earned a degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, and lived on a 40 acre farm near Hotchkiss in Delta County, Colorado. Getzler made aliyah (moved to Israel) in the mid-1980s to live in Moshav Aminadav and worked for the English Department at the Voice of Israel.

Getzler is known by those in OHALAH (the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal) for his relationship with Israel’s Jewish Renewal community. He co-hosted the podcast “,” managed “,” and was the project manager and arranger for Nigun Nishama Haftaah (Melody Soul Surprise), Getzler assembled a variety of Jewish folk instrumentals from around the world.


.25 linear feet (1 box)


Yoram Getzler was an Israeli-American radio producer, writer, and a central figure in bringing Renewal Judaism to Israel. In 1986, Getzler moved to Israel where he worked as an independent radio program producer and part-time at the radio station Kol Israel’s (Voice of Israel) English language division. Shortly after moving there, he organized Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s visit to Israel, hoping to convince him to retire there. Due to the success of the visit and having known and worked with Schachter-Shalomi since 1973, Getzler was appointed that same year as the coordinator of by Schachter-Shalomi's B’nai Or organization in Israel, which later became Ahavi, the Association for Jewish Renewal in Israel.


Initial Accession comprised of 2 folders in 2 series.

Series 1 includes correspondence between Getzler and Schachter-Shalomi regarding the Jewish Renewal Movement in Israel and reports of Schachter-Shalomi’s visit to Israel in 1986.

Series 2 includes a note from Maisal regarding the several sheets of liturgical music with notation that accompany the note.

The Yoram Getzler Papers
Processed by Jane Thaler, 2017; ArchivesSpace entry by Samantha Mat, 2017.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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