John V. Evans Sr., Idaho governor

John V. Evans Sr., a Democrat who spent a career in Idaho politics capped by two terms as governor in the 1970s and 1980s, died July 8, it was reported from Boise. He was 89.

His family announced the death but did not disclose the cause.

Mr. Evans started his political career at age 27 in 1952, when he became a state senator. In the 1960s, he served as mayor of his native Malad City before returning to the state Senate in 1968. He was minority leader for several years. He then was elected Idaho lieutenant governor.

In 1977, Mr. Evans was elevated to the chief executive job when then-Gov. Cecil D. Andrus (D) was named interior secretary under President Jimmy Carter. A year later, Mr. Evans was elected Idaho governor, a post he won again in 1982.

Mr. Evans’s tenure as governor came amid Idaho’s transition from a largely natural resource-dominated economy to one that included a mix of other products, including semiconductors.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, was influenced by Buddhism, Sufism and the Catholic mystic Thomas Merton. (Alliance for Jewish Renewal via AP)

In 1986, he made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Sen. Steve Symms (R) and became an executive with D.L. Evans Bank, an institution started by Mr. Evans’ grandfather.

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Jewish movement leader

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement and a widely influential figure in contemporary Jewish thought and practice, died July 3 at his home in Boulder, Colo. He was 89.

A spokeswoman for the Alliance for Jewish Renewal confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause.

Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, known to his followers as Reb Zalman, started the renewal movement in the early 1960s as a way to use contemporary religious and political scholarship to re-examine Judaism after the Holocaust. The nondenominational movement draws on Judaism’s prophetic and mystical traditions, and Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi was heavily influenced by Buddhism, Sufism and the Catholic mystic Thomas Merton.

The movement now includes 45 affiliated congregations and dozens of others not officially affiliated, and Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi and the alliance have ordained rabbis that serve in the United States and worldwide.

Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi was born in Poland and raised in Vienna. He became part of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement of Hasidic Jews, and his family fled Europe for the United States during the Holocaust. He was ordained in 1947.

The rabbi was among the first in Judaism to ordain women. He also was a friend of Timothy Leary, known for his advocacy of psychedelic drugs. The rabbi experimented with LSD to see if it could enhance spirituality.

“He wanted to find out, like the Native Americans, if hallucinogens could be used sacramentally,” spokeswoman Rivkah Walton said. “He didn’t stick with it, but he was willing to find out.”

Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi introduced a new tallit, or prayer shawl, with the colors of the rainbow arranged according to kabbalistic principles, instead of its traditionally white color with either black or blue stripes. He also came up with a way of chanting both the liturgy and Torah in English using traditional melodies, instead of the traditional chant patterns in Hebrew.

— From wire reports