For sometime I thought that Chabad Chassidism was one of the few, if not the only, Chassidic branches of Judaism that did outreach and tried to bring non-observant Jews back to a Torah observant lifestyle, and the only Chassidic branch of Judaism with a structured program to instill the love of Torah, Mitzvot and Yiddishkeit in non-Orthodox and secular Jews. In the last little while I have found that there is at least one other group of Chassidim that also openly welcome others to pray, learn and celebrate with them. As far as I can tell (please correct me if I am wrong) it is quite difficult to penetrate most Chassidic groups from the outside and your enthusiasm to join their branch of Chassidism, or participate, is met with some skepticism and resistance.
Now, I actually know of more that one group, Breslov for example, that actively accept baal teshuva’s (returnees to Orthodox Jewish lifestyle), but I don’t know too many others. The group I recently discovered is Nikolsburg. If you look at the video below you will see people of all stripes praying at their Shul in upstate New York. I recently read that their Rebbe (spiritual Leader) bought the Shul (Woodbourne Shul) in order to serve the large number of Jews that vacation in the area (Town of Fallsburg, Sullivan County) during the summer.
If you would like to let me know of any Chassidic group that has a program to bring non-observant Jews back to an Orthodox lifestyle, or readily accepts people that want to join their Branch of Chassidism, feel free to post a comment.
Enjoy the video below of the Nikolsburger Shul in upstate NY and check out their Facebook Page at http://on.fb.me/i83D8U. From the video, the Shul seems like a nice place to daven and learn. I am especially intrigued with the gentleman with the cap and sunglasses reciting the Torah blessings.
As a note, I study Chassidut Chabad philosophy and daven at a Chabad shul.