Rabbi Shalom Schachter, a Rabbi and lawyer, was born in Rochester, New York, spent much of his childhood in Winnipeg Manitoba, and studied in Montreal, Israel, Winnipeg and Toronto.
Serving Jewish communities across Canada and abroad, Shalom, as his name indicates has worked with and reached out to the diverse communities and faith groups identifying common ways to communicate. Engaging in interfaith dialogue, Rabbi Schachter believes cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions is the only way we can bring about peace. As his late father, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, would say, "the only way to get it together . . . is together."
Rabbi Schachter began his rabbinic training in the Lubavitcher Yeshivot in Montreal, Quebec and Kfar Chabad, Israel in the 1960's. Following the success of his legal career in the field of labour relations, social justice and human rights, he completed his rabbinic studies and received his ordination in July 2005 from ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
Shalom serves on various professional and religious Boards and Committees and is currently the Hesed rabbi at the Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, a Chaplain on the Holland America cruise line and Vice President and Counsel on the Board of OHALAH, the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal.
Shalom was the litigant in the Supreme Court of Canada case that established the positive capacity of courts to extend the scope of human rights laws to groups that were previously excluded.