I thought I would share a few ‘trends happening in the “Shlomo” World today. Today – there is very much a growing grass roots explosion on interest in Reb Shlomo Teachings and music.
While I do not want to put this into Labels – the fastest growing sector is that the Chereidi Sector. There are for example minyanim on Bnei Brak and Betar on Shabbat , Musical Hallel’s and more.
There are what app’s Groups – the 2 main ones being in Hebrew
Carlebach Neto – which has about 50-100 whatsup a day (best to mute this and read this at your leisure) dealing with the Shlomo Archive collected , sorted by trusted followers of Reb Shlomo where discussions are raised about specific events such as Berkley Music Festival, Reb Shlomo Relationship with Rabbi Aaharon Kottler, niggumim , interesting photos and more
Iruye Carlebach (need to put into Hebrew) – deals with Concerts, Kumsists, Minyanim and other gatherings
There is an English Group called NIshmat Reb Shlomo which is not as active but is combination of the two.
I am bloggist on Time Of Israel, where I write periodically some of Reb Shlomo Teachings and Events.
Below is a blog that I wrote
Many People say – I am only ‘Jewish’ because of Reb Shlomo. I believe that Reb Shlomo opened the gates for us to uplifting meaningful Jewish Prayer and hence the widespread use of his music when Shuls want to host an inspiring service or the use of guitars in Kumzists around the world.
Reb Shlomo Carlebach ztz”l, would refer to this month as Ram Cheshvan – “Elevated Cheshvan” – (Ram and Mar are spelled the same, but with the letters reversed) as per the B’nei Yissaschar’s teaching. What’s so elevated about Cheshvan? It is still a month without holidays after all. The idea is that with the insight, the inspiration, the teshuva, the spirituality and so much more that we worked on and cultivated during Tishrei, we are now in a strong and elevated place where we can generate the connection and holiness from down here. We can make it a time of happiness and celebration on our own now.
No wonder our Reb Shlomo’s Yartzeit is in this month (on the 16th of Cheshvan). He makes sure to remind us every year of the renewed ability we have to elevate ourselves and connect to HaShem and each other, and cause the blessings to rain down on us .
There are a number of events happening in and out of Jerusalem. We want to draw to attention to two programs of the Shabbat Carlebach in Jerusalem.
At Kol Rina (Nachlaot) with R' Moshe Stepanski (Reb Shlomo’s Gabbai at the Carlebach Shul). Kol Rina has Carlebach Minyanim every week at 26 Beer Sheva in Nachloat. It is long standing Minyan following Reb Shlomo’s Traditions and they are well known for the musical Hallel of Hoshana Raba , Yom Ha’azamaut and Yom Yerusalaim . Davening on Shabbat morning starts at 8.15 and there is a special Seuda Shlishit this Shabbat.
There is also Carlebach Shabbat at Beit Harav Kook led by Nachman Solomon. In fact every , there is Carlebach Davening led by Nachman Solomon. About 2 years ago, a Shabbat Minyan was started in the historic Beit Harav Kook House , off Beit Harav Kook Street which is off Yafe Street in the centre of Town , which is a 20 minutes walk from Rechavia. Not only is the davening beautiful, but there is a sit down Kiddush following Shabbat morning prayers which start at 9am. The Minyan is developing into Kehilla where the teachings of Rav Kook are taught and the members of the Kehilla play a part in bringing this historic Shul back to vibrancy. Visitors not only get a great Davening , but can see the House and it exhibits. Great
I have compiled a few of the events going on in Israel during this time
Yakar Tel Aviv Nov. 1, at 9:30 PM with Natan Gesundheit:
Shlomo Shabbat at Kol Rina (Nachlaot) with R’ Moshe Stepanski (Reb Shlomo Gabbai at the Carlebach Shul) and at Beit Harav Kook led by Nachman Solomon
Annual Yartzeit Concert – at Binyamei Hauma – Motzei Shabbat 4 Nov at 9pm with the Theme of the Unity of Jerusalem (nearly sold out)
Motzei Shabbat 4 Nov – Jerusalem Street Jam at the Shuk, Jerusalem from 8.30pm
Motzei Shabbat 4 Nov – Other Programs in Tekoa & Nechusha
Musical Tehillim at his Grave Site – Sunday 5th November from 2pm
Kumizist Sunday 5th November at:
Rechov Meretz , Ramat Sharet (next to Bat Yegan) from 7.30 pm till late
Yakar Jerusalem at 7.30pm – The 23rd Annual Shlomo Carlebach Memorial observance with Yehudah Katz and Friends and the book launch of the “Shlomo Carlebach Anthology”
Evening – 9 November at Gula Petach Tikva – Book Launch of Reb Shlomo’s Biography in Hebrew with Yehuda Katz & Shlomo Katz.
Carlebach Opera – 29 November in Tel Aviv show casing Shlomo’s Music with leading chazans and full Orchestra
And others I have not heard about .
As we say in Shlomo Language – Wishing you a “Good Yartzeit”.