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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’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!