Shabbat Tent is a space at festivals to unplug from the digital age and experience a transcendent connection that is both tribal and harmonious with all humanity. Through creating an “oasis of chill” based on Shabbat hospitality and mindfulness, providing nourishment for the body and soul, Shabbat Tent inspires guests to practice digital-detox rituals year-round.
This digital, ultra-connected age has also increased alienation, burn-out, disunity and an epidemic of toxic addictions. Meaningful and soulful relationships and rituals are succumbing to material pursuits and workaholic-ism. Digital detox programs, an effort to counter these trends, has made inroads and offered some solutions, but the pace and spread of ills hasn’t tapered off. Those efforts are too limited and exclusive to counteract the enormity of the problem. What if there were a way to create a widespread adoption of digital-detoxification rituals and healthier, soulful living?
Through creating a space at music, film and culture celebrations, Shabbat Tent inspires all of us in making a healthier and more harmonious world, where faced-paced digital lives are balanced by nourishment of the soul and meaningful relationships and rituals.
Shabbat Tent is where moments are captured by being present. It’s a space to celebrate time and timelessness in a welcoming atmosphere of warmth and sharing. Shabbat Tent is rooted in ancient hospitality traditions and Jewish mindfulness, meditation and Shabbat rituals. Shabbat Tent is always open to everyone regardless of religion or nationality. It’s a space for soulful nourishment with fresh and healthy food, usually vegetarian or vegan, and sensitive to guests dietary needs and Jewish dietary laws.
The Shabbat Tent Story starts in 1999, at the Phish Millennial shows. Conceived as a one-off project, its success prompted organizers to create additional tents the following years. Under new LA-based leadership since 2009, the project increased budget and reach, organizing volunteer teams, equipment, and funders on both coasts. The 2017 Festival Tour included Shabbat Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival and Shabbat Tents at both Coachella weekends, High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and Lockn’ Music Festival. Past festivals include: Bonnaroo, Reggae on the River, Wakarusa, Groovephest, Langerado, SXSW, Beale Street, Woodstock, Mountain Jam, Peach, Gathering of the Vibes, Fare Thee Well, Kate Wolf. Recent press coverage includes the LA Times, Billboard, Variety, Consequences of Sound, The Forward, Haaretz, JTA, and Desert News.
Our 2017 Sponsors:
The Emmanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies (DC)
The Alevy Family (Long Beach)
David Schwartz (New York)
The Shabbat Tent and fiscal sponsors JConnect, a registered 501c(3).