Judaica and other items belonging to the influential late rabbi-musician Shlomo Carlebach will be auctioned next month.
- Now on Broadway: The renegade rabbi who brought Hasidic tunes to mainstream Jews
- Neshama Carlebach: How I became a Reform Jew
- Shlomo Carlebach - rabbi of love or undercover agent of Orthodox Judaism?
The March 1 auction at J. Greenstein & Co.’s Auction House in Cedarhurst, New York, will also include Judaica owned by Harvard law professor and author Alan Dershowitz.
In all, the auction will feature 268 “rare and valuable objects,” including 32 from Carlebach’s estate and 28 from Dershowitz’s collection, the auction house announced in a Jan. 12 news release.
Among the objects belonging to Carlebach, who was known to many of his followers and fans as “Reb Shlomo,” are his guitar (opening price $12,000), tefillin ($11,000), piano ($13,000), High Holiday gartel (a belt used by some Hasidic Jews during prayer, this one’s opening price is $1,500) and personal appointment book from 1991-’92 ($1,900).
A charismatic Orthodox rabbi known for his Hasidic-influenced songwriting, his musical legacy and his outreach to Jews of all backgrounds, Carlebach, who was born in Berlin, died in 1994 at age 69.
“My family and I are thrilled by the opportunity to reinvigorate the Carlebach Foundation and to support the continuance of my father’s legacy,” Neshama Carlebach, daughter of the late Rabbi and executor of his estate, said in a statement provided by the auction house.
“His words of Torah, his music, and his light are so present. Concurrently with the auction, I’m releasing a new recording entitled “Soul Daughter” and am donating all proceeds from album sales back to the foundation. This auction and the accompanying CD will create new moments for my father’s work and will take his legacy to a new level.”
J. Greenstein & Co. Auction House claims to be the only auction house in the United States that is “solely devoted to the sale of Jewish ritual objects.”