Will There be Shabbat Tent in 2021?

Shabbat Tent Hopeful for 2021 Festival Re-openings in Fall

The pandemic closed all music festivals worldwide starting in March of 2020. Few could have imagined that more than a year later, festivals have not reopened. Will Shabbat Tent happen in 2021?

While a few handful in states with more lenient policies are slated to take place this summer, the big two, Coachella and Bonnaroo, are aiming for a fall opening. This leaves a chance for Shabbat Tent, however, many of the fall openings are also around the High Holidays. Not sure its a great place to spend Yom Kippur.

30th High Sierra Postponed til 2022

Shabbat Tent’s tent-pole fest, High Sierra Music Festival, was not able to get a clear enough answer from the state and local authorities and have moved their 30th anniversary festival to 2022. At HSMF, the Shabbat Tent has a prominent roll, hosting Shabbat programs and hospitality inside the fest for those in need of a break.

Shabbat Tent is J-Connect’s signature program and we look forward, along with music fans worldwide, to the fall, when festivals may happen once again.

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

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, 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!

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!

Matzachella: Coachella Shabbat Tent Wknd 2

Fun 10 Min Passover Seders at Corner of S. 805th and Main Street – the first ever seders at Coachella. So stop by for some Matzah, Gefilte fish, Maror.  Check us out! We even have T-Shirts!

Shabbat Tent helps bring Shabbat and Challah (or matzah) to festivals around the world creating an oasis of chill.

Coachella Shabbat Tents are funded thanks to generous sponsorship of the Alevy Family and Friedman-French Foundation.


Coachella Weekend 1

4th Annual Coachella Shabbat Tent brings wine, challah, delicious Shabbat meals, Havdallah and other great programming.


Make sure to sign up for email, follow us on Twitter and check our Facebook page to see where we are located. Since Coachella doesn’t give us our own place – we set up at the best place possible.


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