Our Hearts are With our Festival Family

The suffering brought by the COVID pandemic includes hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions of jobs, and many injured. It’s a very difficult time for everyone.

And of course the entire festival industry, lifestyle and culture were all cancelled. Musicians, festival workers, builders, sound engineers, light designers, box-office, transportation, security, sanitation — all these jobs disappeared.

Our Shabbat Tent team sends our prayers to our extended festival family, and everyone impacted by the tragedy – those who have lost loved ones, those who are ill and injured, and those that have lost their income. Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts are with you.

Instead of building Shabbat Tents, we are working on helping those in need. We hope and pray that everyone does whatever they can to helps others during this difficult time.

This is the most productive and empowering feeling – helping someone that has been hit harder than you have.

There is an observance that is described in the Torah called the Shemitah year. Every seventh year, farmers let their agricultural lands lie fallow for a year. A farmer spends that year on spiritual matters, or working on other areas of their farm or business, and the land is allowed to rest. Some have pointed out that ecological good this does as the land will become more fertile if given a chance to rest. It’s like crop-rotation, but for everyone at the same time.

This year, as we are not able to tend to the work of festival making, attending, and celebrating, we urge everyone to make it a productive year nonetheless – in pursuit of helping others, learning something new, focusing on new areas of growth that you may not have had time for in the past.

We pray that that the virus and pandemic end quickly and that we will all be back on tour for 2021.


Shabbat Tent at High Sierra Music Festival

We are thrilled to return to High Sierra Music Festival, one of our favorite festivals in the whole world. You should read Rabbi Yonah’s article in Huffpost, that captures the essence of this unique fest.

Shabbat Tent is located just inside the festival entrance, you can’t miss us.

We will be holding down the space for all four days, providing an oasis of chill, a place to relax, recharge, and celebrate.

You can charge your phone, enjoy a Shabbat meal, or just mellow out and enjoy the hospitality.

We have no agenda other than making everyone feel welcome and at home.

So what are you waiting for? Make it to High Sierra and join us!



Shabbat Tent at Lightning in a Bottle

Passover Seders at Coachella? YES!



Please join us for our Third Annual Matzachella Shabbat Tent during Coachella Music Festival! Enjoy a fun, fast and KOSHER Passover Seder.

Please RSVP so we can send you our location and updates!

Want to support Shabbat Tent during Coachella? Make a tax-deductible donation!

Shabbat Tent Oasis of Chill at Coachella Weekend 1

Shabbat Dinner • Lunch and Chill • Hospitality for All

Please join us for our Sixth Annual Shabbat Tent during Coachella Music Festival Weekend One! Enjoy a delicious free kosher Shabbat dinner, with challah and refreshments. Drop by during the fest to recharge at our Oasis of Chill for Kosher food and hydration!

Please RSVP so we can send you our location and updates!

Want to support Shabbat Tent during Coachella? Make a tax-deductible donation!

Our Generous Sponsors Include:
EJF Philanthropies • Alevy Family Foundation
David and Stephanie Schwartz • Nick Meyer


What are my camping options for getting at the event?

If you want to camp near Shabbat Tent – please be in touch with us ASAP to coordinate.

What can I bring into the event?

You are welcome to bring fruit, refreshments, kosher certified vegan food.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at shabbattent@gmail.com

Shabbat Tent’s Epic 2018 Summer Tour

This year’s rocking Summer Tour kicks off with Coachella Weekend Two. If you are going to be at the largest pop-music festival in the USA, please drop by the Shabbat Tent. The Tent is located just near the Main Festival Entrance, on Main Street, in Car Camping 8. This central location is easy to find and you will see the Shabbat Tent banners and signs. In addition to free food and hydration, the Tent will be hosting games, mediation and Shabbat rituals

After Coachella, the Shabbat Tent team will be reading for their second showing at  California’s Lightning in a Bottle Festival. This has been referred to as Burning Man Lite, but most find it very approachable and exciting for the novice and veteran alike.

Kosha Dillz with be hosting some Shabbat Dinners on the final Vans Warped Tour this summer. Props!

Rav Shmuel will be leading the effort for Home Shalom at the annual Rainbow Gathering!

For the 7th year Shabbat Tent will be returning to the High Sierra Music Festival, the most friendly music festival on the planet.

Shabbat Tent is scheduled for its fourth consecutive Phish Festival, the upcoming Curveball in Watkins Glenn. Previously at Magnaball and Superball, Shabbat Tent was located kinda far away – this year the organizers hopesto be right in the action.

More dates may be announced (Lockn and Dicks potentially) depending on funding and logistics.

If you want to help fund a Shabbat Tent, send an email to shabbat tent @ gmail.com and help the movement grow!


2018 Work Exchange Volunteer Application

Shabbat Tent Work Exchange is a way to experience America’s greatest festivals from another perspective, by the working experience! In exchange for your volunteer time with Shabbat Tent you receive partial or full reimbursement for your festival ticket.

Work Exchange members get Shabbat Tent Swag, work on all parts of the event, including pre-festival logistics and transportation, operations, set-up and take-down, hospitality, catering and more.

The first step is to fill out this form. This will get you into our database, and allow you to receive email updates on getting on the Work Exchange Team.


What is the cure for digital overload?

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 disease. What if there were a way to create a widespread adoption of digital-detoxification rituals and healthier, soulful living?

We think that Shabbat Tent offers a powerful way to spread the message of detoxing.

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.

We hope that you will join us in 2018 at one of our Shabbat Tents or Shabbat Lounges and we wish you blessings of peace and joy!

High Sierra: Making The World a Better Place, One Festival at a Time

Rabbi Yonah’s article originally appeared on Huffpost

An amazing music and camping festival can not only transform those who have the merit to be there, but the entire world we live in.

I’ve been dancing at music festivals around the world for more than 25 years, but my soul yearns each summer for the High Sierra Music Festival. This family-owned festival consistently delivers one of the greatest festival experiences anywhere in the world.

I don’t hold back in expressing my admiration for High Sierra and its creators. When I extol the festival’s virtues, people think that I am making it up.

They ask, “How can one festival consistently provide so much healthy joy, inspiration, music, ambiance, and good food and good vibes?” It’s a great question and I will humbly try to explain.

Let’s begin with this fact: High Sierra’s producers are festival experts who have been doing this for 27 years. There is no substitute for experience. They are laid-back, but well organized. They have created a big enough festival where you feel the transcendence of humanity, but not overwhelming so you loose your sanity.

It’s super creative. The Festival provides many opportunities for expression and celebration for people of all backgrounds. There’s even a daily parade which wraps around the festival with mesmerizing drumming, dancing and larger than life puppets.

It’s cool for families. You don’t have to give up on being a festival goer now that you have kids. Just grab some good ear protection for the little ones, and you can bring them along. They even have play groups. At High Sierra, creative children’s programs coexist in the same festival with sophisticated musical collaborations. So very cool.

It’s non-stop. High Sierra is also renowned for being a non-stop, 24 hour-a-day festival where curated shows and programs run all day and all night, with few breaks. Some late night shows offer rare performances and jams that are found nowhere else. (As one of my musician friends said, “High Sierra is a musician’s music festival, where the great musicians come to enjoy themselves. And we all benefit.”)

It’s clean. As High Sierra Music Festival is located at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, you have access to an air-conditioned building if you ever get too hot, real bathrooms and showers. The paths are all paved and well taken-care of.

It’s a village. The integration of the many stages and performance spaces in a small area is remarkable. Additionally, many of the festival goers camp or RV inside the festival — something that doesn’t happen at any other major festival — the festival feels like its own village.

And High Sierra has mastered the art of the perfect line-up. In my humble opinion, what makes a music festival line-up memorable is not just one band or another, it is the overall impact of the selection of music on your soul.

As we start packing this weekend to prepare for our pilgrimage to High Sierra, which starts June 29th in Quincy, CA, my heart is already pounding faster, and my smile is brighter. I’m sure that I have left out some elements that are sacred to some of the regulars (sunrise kickball?) and I didn’t event tell you about who is playing this year – it’s a brilliant line-up as usual.

I’m a big believer in the power of music festivals to make the world a better place. The power of music and community to elevate our souls, enables us to build a more compassionate society. You can’t get that in a class or in a book – you have to experience this.

You can visit Rabbi Yonah this year at High Sierra Music Festival at Shabbat Tent, a hospitality tent located on the festival grounds.

Be a Shabbat Tent Volunteer

We have some openings for 2017 and are looking for the best volunteers out there!

Our friendly volunteers are folks that love music and Shabbat and want to help make the world a better place. We are not a place for preaching of religion, or missionary work. With the help of our volunteers, we create a unique destination for all.

We have many kinds of jobs for volunteers. From set-up and cooking, to hosting and driving. You can also volunteer part-time or full time: full-Time shift includes set-up and take-down before festival and after Shabbat or when festival ends. Part time volunteers contribute 10 hours to help out over the course of the fest.

As a member of the Shabbat Tent team, you will be requested to put in a deposit on your ticket which will be immediately reimbursed to you once you have completed your volunteer hours and we have returned from the festival.

Volunteer Responsibilities may include:

– Setting up and stocking vehicles for the trip, setup and decoration of tent
– Building out the tent, decorations and shelters
– Event operations – putting up posters, cooking, buffet setup, cleaning.
– Engaging guests with open arms and an open mind.
– Being a gracious host – always being accommodating
– Post-event take down – Cleaning up, take down of tent, packing up vehicles for the ride back.
– Be prepared to work for your entire shift and handle any errands that may come up prior to or after your shift.
– Follow instructions of your Volunteer Lead.
– Show up for your scheduled shifts on time.
– Be a team player, someone who can roll with changes and communicate courtesouly with all team members.
– Most of all, bring a can do attitude and all your good vibes.

Shabbat Tent provides:
– One ticket for Festival Access (Or a ticket subsidy if you volunteer part-time)
– Shabbat Tent Shirt
– Food & drink

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