Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
Ways to connect – shuls, minyanim, resources: (see further below for engaged Torah, film and art, more)
The Shtibl in Los Angeles – perhaps the closest thing to a real world embodiment of neohasid.org.
Romemu – renewal Chasidus in the Big Apple.
On facebook, two groups I find valuable are "Ask the Neo-Hassidic Beis Medresh" and "Beyond Carlebach". And on the web, the Jewish Renewal sites Ohalah.org and Aleph.org and their affiliates can be good resources. I also recommend books by Rabbis Jill Hammer and Jay Michaelson.
Concerning Shlomo Carlebach: neohasid.org was never focused on Reb Shlomo's music. Even before me-too, the intent of this website was to diversify people's sources of nigunim, to include old-world music, and music in a more deveikes idiom than in American folk idiom. My own lineage is closer to Reb Zalman, though I did have some significant interaction with Shlomo first at college and then in NYC back in the day.
Most recently, there has been an extraordinary upwelling of real geshmacht music written here in Amerika that is deep, deveikes, and non-derivative. Joey Weisenberg has been a leader of this movement, and the other musicians are too numerous to name, at least for me right now. But we are experiencing an amazing renaissance in Jewish music these days.
There has also been an extraordinary growth of music and davening and teaching coming from young Jewish trans and queer communities. And about this I am no expert -- so send me links to include!
As for neo-Chasidic minyanim, Raz Hartman's (Orthodox) minyan in Nachlaot doesn't have a website. On the egal front, the younger generation of Havurah-niks have incorporated many more complex and old-style nigunim into their davening than the first generation. I can also tell you about Prayground, my little minyan in the Pioneer Valley (western Mass), and I'm sure there are many others I don't know about. If you have a link to add, please write me.
Since "me-too"", sources focusing specifically on what is NOT from Shlomo have also sprung up -- notable is the group "Beyond Carlebach" mentioned above. But if you are seeking sources for Shlomo: Shlomo minyanim have become common since neohasid.org was founded. Also, many tunes also circulate without people knowing they are from Shlomo (and many more also circulate under Shlomo's name that are from other people). But only a handful have an actual mesorah (tradition) going back to Reb Shlomo; the rest just use the tunes. What this means for us in the post me-too era is controversial. But if you're interested in finding those source, the two flagships in the US are The Carlebach Shul in NYC (where he was rabbi with his brother Eli Chayyim) and The Happy Minyan in LA. I've taught at both of them, and spent much more time davening there. In Israel there's Moshav Modiin (in Modiin of course), Beirav in Tsfat, and Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo in Jerusalem.
And as for Reb Shlomo on the web, last I checked some years ago, the links I once had up that led to downloadable music, to Shlomo minyanim, or to music by chevre, had mostly evaporated. You can listen in on Joy Krauthammer's reverent experiences with Shlomo here. The Wikipedia article mostly links to sources that don't deal with the sexual assault allegations that have led some people to avoid Reb Shlomo's music. Of course there are plenty of youtube clips of Reb Shlomo and plenty of music to buy.
For the moment Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum a"h's site jewishspirit.com is offline, but you can go here for an archived version.
R' Itzchak Marmorstein jams with Greg Wall and other musical lights to the words of Rav Kook. His performances of Haraya are becoming legendary. See videos at Ha'orot's youtube channel.
Other Chasidus: Here's a bevy of unvetted Breslover (Rebbe Nachman) sites: Breslov Research Institute, Breslov!, Azamra (this link is to a page with Rebbe Nachman sayings, but there's lots more there), A Fire Burns in Breslov, Breslov Torah, Breslov Center, Yeshivat Shuvu Bonim, and Tzaddik magazine. For Chabad Chasidus, try Chabad.org. (Why do I focus on these streams of Chasidus? For me the only two rebbes are Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and the Alter Rebbe, Shneur Zalman of Liady. They are the only Chasidic streams that actively reach out to embrace people coming from outside their own groups, including people coming from outside Orthodoxy, but what is more important to me is the depth of their Torah teachings and their profound applicablity to our relationship with the Earth.)
MORE – links to shuls, Torah and rabbis, arts, etc.
See Beautiful Struggles for links (some live, some a memory) to lots of Jewish blogs.
Online Music Resources:
The Modzitz Music page – Modzitzer Nigunim ready to download, straight from old recordings. The Modzitz dynasty is the Hasidic sect most known for its music above all others.
Hundreds of Chabad nigunim can be found on chassidus.com: a) as sung by the Rebbe, b) as sung by other folks, c) with introductions in English. There's also a library of Niggunei Chassidei Chabad (called "Nichoach") on Chabad.org.
Nigunim from the Biala rebbe.
Note: Some sites used to offer only .ra/.ram (RealAudio) files, rather than .mp3 or other formats. If you encoutner that, Real Alternative from freeware sites like free-codecs.com can play those files.
Read brief bios of hundreds of rebbes, provided by the Ascent Institute.
A long list of Hasidic dynasties – from Wikipedia, with links to individual articles. See also Wikipedia articles on "Hasidic Judaism", and on "Neo-Hasidism", as well as this article on the Chasidic tish, which includes links to more than a dozen videos of tishen and farbrengen.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) – the Jewish Peace Corps, saving more lives than any other Jewish organization.
The Shalom Center – the foremost voice marrying Judaism, American politics, anti-war, and ecological activism.
Listen to tunes from the Teva Learning Alliance – the flagship innovator in Jewish environmental education.
Hazon – Jewish CSA's, the Food Conference, more, making eco- cool, delicious and real, everyday.
Bustan L'shalom is defunct, sadly, but as an Israeli Bedouin environmental justice organization, it once did incrediuble work. Learn about it here.
Jewschool – hip, diverse, and thought-provoking articles and resources. Heeb might look more like this if it had some political depth.
The Heschel Center's Good Energy Initiative – carbon offsets through real programs in Israel. (Hebrew only)
Offset, shmoffset – Cute title, but the gateway to Terrapass is 404'd. Motto: "You don't have to tell us that the truth can be inconvenient." That's really the reason I'm keeping the link here. But if you're interested in Terrapass directly (I can't vouch for this or any other carbon offset program), try this link.
Jews On First – an archive of the best news feed on church/state issues, plus Torah.
The National Havurah Committee – not always engaged Torah, but one of the best ways to engage with Torah.
Culture (film, art, music, etc.):
Divan – an extraordinary journey into the old world of Chasidus in Eastern Europe to redeem the divan a revered rebbe once sat on to give counsel. Director Pearl Gluck (an X-O from a Chasidic family) documents the absurd and the holy, as she overcomes relatives and red tape on her pilgrimage to the legendary couch that was preserved by her family. Order Divan here.
Girls In Trouble – this band, fronted by Alicia Jo Rabins, gives over some of the deepest midrash since the 2nd century, and the tunes are haunting, moving, revelatory.
Trembling Before G-d – the groundbreaking documentary about the lives of gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews, is no longer accessible online, as far as I can tell.
Jacqueline Nichols – extraordinary, traditional subversive art; daf yomi drawings, more.
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