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

STILL INTERESTED? Fill in the form below!


Shabbat Tent Returns for Two Weekends of Coachella 2017

After the success of last year’s back-to-back weekends at Coachella, we knew that we had to go back for two weekends again this year.

It seems that evey year, Coachella overlaps with Passover. Which to some might seem to be an obstacle, but to us is a golden opportunity. We know how many people want some K for P (kosher for passover) food – like matzah – at the Festival!

To make it happened we got some veteran team members, and teamed up again with Kosha Dillz for weekend one, for MATZA-CHELLA 2.0.

The second weekend we are hosting a large hospitality tent to make sure that everyone coming to Coachella who can enjoy some Shabbat, kosher food and community as part of the festival experience.

Sundance Shabbat Lounge 2017

Shabbat Tent is returning to Sundance Film Festival with our first real Shabbat lounge! In addition to hosting a delicious and home-cooked Shabbat Dinner on January 20th at 5:30pm, with challah, wine and delicious courses, we are also hosting Shabbat after-party, aka an oneg/dessert party from 7:30pm. On Shabbat day, enjoy our Shabbat hospitality and a musical Havdallah to end the Shabbat.

We look forward to hosting veteran filmmakers, new filmmakers from around the USA and the world, and film buffs and industry insiders.

The #ShabbatLounge is centrally located in the Caledonian, and the event is co-organized with LA’s Chai Center.

Sign up for the exclusive and delicious Shabbat Dinner on SundanceShabbat.com, or join us afterwards for the free dessert reception and more.

Rabbi Yonah will also be offering a Torah class on Shabbat Day.

More details to follow — happy winter ya’all!

Desert Trip Shabbat

Spirited and fun Shabbat Celebrations at Shabbat Tent during Desert Trip Festival!
Feat. Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday Night Dinner, Saturday AM Services & Kiddush Lunch, musical Havdallah and more!
• Don’t have to miss any shows — all meals and services scheduled around published set times.
Kosher food & refreshments!

• Located in RV parking (50amp) as close to venue entrance as possible.

Oct. 7, Friday
4:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner
First act goes on at 6:30pm
Oneg Shabbat following shows

Oct. 8, Shabbat, Saturday
10am Shabbat Services followed by Kiddush Lunch
Followed by Mincha, games & learning
Musical Havdallah and Melava Malka After Shows

Programming free thanks to our generous sponsors – donations welcome – click on Ticket Link!

Alevy Family, EJF Philanthropies, Lara and Cheston Mizel, Rose Foundation, Lawrence “Zaidie” Krule and Susan “Nana” Fader, Mitch “3.0” Rothschild and Rachel “Doc” Yehuda, Ken Steinberg, more on the way!

About Shabbat Tent (from shabbattent.org): Shabbat Tent organizes hospitality, Shabbat celebrations and Havdallah gatherings at large music and camping festivals. In 2016 we travelled to Coachella twice, High Sierra Music Festival, Rainbow Gathering, and Lockn Festivals.

Shabbat Tent is an oasis of chill. Our friendly volunteers are folks that love music and Judaism and want to help make the world a better place.

Shabbat Tent is a place for people to share food, song, prayer and good vibes as part of the general festival experience. Shabbat Tent is not a place for preaching of religion or missionary work. Shabbat Tent is always open to anyone, without regard for religion, ethnicity, or background, who wish to spend time in the tent

High Sierra Shabbat Tent Schedule

Dearest Friends! We cannot wait to see you there!

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Countdown to Shabbat Tent High Sierra Music Festival

Shabbat Tent is a place for festival goers to share food, song and good vibes as part of the general festival experience. Shabbat Tent celebrates the Sabbath on Friday evening with a song circle, candle lighting and challah. We celebrate the end of the Sabbath on Saturday Night with a musical midnight Havdallah. On Saturday and Sunday mornings join us for moving meditation at 10am. Above all Shabbat Tent is a place to unplug, hydrate and connect with other festival goers and is always open to everyone! Peace and Shalom!

Make sure to sign up to our email list and join the Facebook event!

Shabbat Shalom!

High Sierra Music Festival 2015

Hospitality • Celebration • Relaxation • July 2-5, 2015
4th Annual Shabbat Tent @ High Sierra Music Festival.
Plumas County Fairgrounds in Quincy, CA

Join the Shabbat Tent for hospitality, water, shade, nosh and good vibes throughout the weekend. Feel free to pop in and say ‘hey,’ hang-out or grab a glass of chilled water before you head into the show.

Singer/songwriter Sam Glaser is this year’s Shabbat Tent Artist-in-Residence, and other special guests soon will be announced.

Join Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein who will be on-hand all festival!

***Please Note: Shabbat Tent does not provide festival tickets, rides, camping gear or sleeping arrangements. If you would like to attend Shabbat Tent @ HSMF you must purchase a festival ticket on your own. See ya there!

#HSMF #ShabbatTent #YourShabbatWillRock! #FOMO #ShabbatAndMusicMakeTheWorldGoRound #SummerFestsMakeMeGiddy

Tickets on sale now: http://goo.gl/RXF8nu
Late Night Schedule & Tickets: http://goo.gl/QqIMYh


6:30PM Get in the Shabbat Groove // Music and Song w/
Artist-N-Residence Sam Glaser & Rabbi Yonah

7PM Candle-Lighting, Kabbalat Shabbat & Kiddush

11PM Late Night Nosh & Hang Session

9AM Rise-N-Shine It’s Mornin’ Time // Tea & Coffee

10AM Jewish Meditation with Fabian
Hydration Station // Herbal Sun Tea & Fruit

11AM Prayer, Meditation & Torah Reading
Never had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Swing by and we’ll
celebrate your festival Bar/Bat Mitzvah

1PM Kiddush, Lunch & L’Chaims

5PM Tuning into Our Higher Selves // An Ethical
Discussion with Rabbi Yonah

12AM Jammin’ Havdalah w/ Sam Glaser
***Bring your acoustic instruments

9AM Rise-N-Shine It’s Mornin’ Time // Tea & Coffee

10AM Jewish Meditation with Fabian
Hydration Station // Herbal Sun Tea & Fruit

12PM Hang-Out in Shabbat Tent
Swing by for H2O, Sun Tea, and Light Nosh

Coachella Weekend 2

Shabbat Tent returns to Coachella. Shabbat Tent is your oasis of tranquility in the midst of the serious mayhem which is Coachella. Drop by any time to rest, hydrate, nosh.

Of course on Shabbat we go big: candles, wine, challah, delicious Shabbat meals, even some optional prayers. We are even bring our Festival Torah!

Shabbat Tent is for everyone, and not a place to preach, but to be and collaborate and make good friends.

4/17 Friday Night 6:30pm Candle Lighting
Kabbalat Shabbat Circle

4/18 Shabbat / Saturday
11:00a Shacharit
1:00pm Shabbat Lunch
Midnight Havdallah

If you want to join up with Shabbat Tent for sleeping or additional meals pls message us.

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