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Four days of dust, heat, masses of tripping festival-goers, thumping never-ending bass, welcoming random visitors from around the planet, various combinations of food, munchy snacks and refreshments, sleeping in cars, handing out flyers, swimsuits and bare feet without a beach or pool in sight, strange Coachella restrictions (more on that later), plethora of Jews and tattoos, conversations about the meaning of life, donated day-old challah and bagels, jugs of wine, $10 ice, too much kugel, Do or Die Mordechai the New York City Bar-Mizvah DJ, dead car batteries, flying canopies, road apples, porto-potties from hell, nice showers and much more.
Don’t get me wrong. I would do this again in a heartbeat. The Shabbat Tent always creates a community of Jews and their friends that is unquestionably unique. Shabbat Tent reaches back to the days Abraham and Sarah. A tent open on all sides. Accepting of everyone no matter what their background. We entertain folks from all walks of life. From successful business people, to wandering lost souls, from artists to librarians. Some had a Jewish upbringing, some not, some are former Lubavitchers, some left Judaism after their bar/bat mitzvahs, some belong to Jewish fraternities, some are sheltered orthodox students peering sleeping in a tent for the first time.
This was our first serious attempt to make Shabbat at Coachella. It’s a major investment of time, people power, and resources to pull together in order to create a massive 30 foot-long tent that serves food around the clock in a sea of other tents. It required a caravan in the middle of the night from Los Angeles, arriving at the venue at 5am the day before the festival even begins.
Much could be written about the quixotic rules of what is permitted to bring into the camping area and the method employed to check with compliance. They confiscate knives, glass, and anything else they fee like, including a 3 foot long piece of plywood. They let some things slide. They didn’t check my stuff too carefully, the pulled apart Shimon’s pickup truck and personal belongings. We learned for next year.
Why they come. Most people come to Coachella to check out the bands they love, the DJ’s, the overall scene, drink beer, and to do drugs of various persuasions. The crowd was much younger than we anticipated with many high-school students wandering around without any parental units in sight. While the minimum age is 18 – that rule didn’t seem to be in effect or enforced at all. While maybe not a factor in why people come…The art and installations were inspired, enormous, thought provoking, mystical and funny.
Shabbat was memorable. We gathered with a diverse group of souls for Kabbalat Shabbat singing. Then we made a group Kiddush over wine brought in a plastic jug, and Hamotzei over delicious bread. We served a Shabbat Lunch, and pasta salads all-day long. We made Havdallah at 1am. They consumed tons of challah. Most of it donated. Even in the heat of Coachella, there is something special about challah on a Friday night. Some folks davenned, most didn’t. People respected the space and didn’t smoke inside the tent. Some took off their shoes.
Shabbat was an oasis of calm amidst the chaos.
And Bagels. In stereotypical fashion, bagels and cream cheese were very popular throughout the whole weekend.
A shout out to Shawn the Jewish pedicabber from DC, who shlepped our stuff from parking lots to our tent. This arduous 2 mile journey helped considerably when Rachel brought the in the last minute supplies from LA. He transported the kugel effortlessly.
Thank you to the whole Shabbat Tent team: Rachel, Rabbi Yonah, Lauren, Shimon, Allison and Josh – also helpers Daniella, Shimon and Daniel! We also came up with some nicknames for Coachella, and I’ll finish with those. I hope that you will join us for a Festival summer. Sign up for updates on the Shabbat Tent website!
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After a thorough search of all our cars, a pat down – twice- we made it through security. They confiscated knives and other implements of destruction like the jar of mayonnaise. They took sharpies and a one bottle of wine. Have no fear – we have gallons of more wine, white and red! This search makes the TSA seem like wimps. But enough about them, lets talk about the Shabbat Tent!
We are Located on lovely S. 104th Street in Downtown Lot 8. Head to 104th and Main and come down about half way. Look for the yellow smiley face flag!
The Tent will be hopping with food and refreshments all weekend long. Stop by anytime. Shabbat dinner is at 7pm Friday night. Saturday “services” at 11am and lunch at 1pm. Join us for Havdallah at 1am. Rabbi Yonah will be on hand to discuss the intersection of Torah, tents, music festivals, the Omer, Kabbalah, and more.
A delicious dinner awaits. Make sure to bring all your friends.
Coachella is the biggest music and camping festival in SoCal. 80,000 people are expected to descend on the Empire Polo Grounds for the second weekend in a row, most of them under the influence of any number of mind altering health supplements. What am I doing here? It’s all about Shabbat Tent.
The idea of creating a way to observe Shabbat at a camping and music festival really got off the ground in 1999 at a legendary Phish show with Adam Weinberg and Rav Shmuel. Since then Shabbat Tents have been created across the country welcoming festival goers with Shabbat hospitality. There are meals, davening, Havdallah and more. Shabbat Tent does not push religion or any particular way of observing Shabbat. It’s accepting of everyone, offering not just a place to get refreshments – it is a place to chillax amid the craziness of the Fest.
So why are waiting? We are in line to get a place in line to wait in line to get in. It’s 5am and the Denny’s coffee is, well, Denny’s coffee. The team is psyched to set up shop, get the tent pimped out, and start hosting. Abe and Sarah would be proud.
Check out our updates on ShabbatTent.com or follow us on Twitter @shabbattent
SECOND WEEKEND APRIL 19-21
Be a part of the Coachella Shabbat Tent! Coachella has great music, a corporate vibe, and no place for a chill community of sharing that is Shabbat Tent. Yet, we are making another go at it. It’s gonzo Shabbat Tent at its finest. And we will see what transpires. We hope that this will be an epic Shabbat experience.
And we need you.
One of the most critical parts of this year’s efforts is to make a 5-7 car caravan into the Festival Campgrounds and thereby reserving enough territory to make this year huge. This technique has been handed down from generation to generation of Shabbat Tent goers. According the the official guide, people that want to camp together should arrive together. Well that means us.
Secondly, we need folks to bring food and drink to share, help with funding, and help spread the word.
Fill out the form below to be a) included in text blasts with details as Coachella approaches including location etc. b) get involved c) be on the Shabbat Tent email list
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ShabbatTent is a place to gather, eat, make kiddush or a l’chaim, chill out with H2o, out of the sun and get a Jew-fix. Everyone (regardless of religion, spiritual views, etc.) who wishes to spend any time at the Tent, will be welcomed without question.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info if you need it. Follow the team and updates at @shabbattent on twitter.
Hosted by rapper Kosha Dillz, of recent Super Bowl commercial fame, this Seder is going down at the hippest hip hop event around.
We are creating a special hip hop Haggadah too.
Major shout out to the great people behind the Paid Dues Festival for being so chill and making Shabbat Tent and Passover history.
If you love Hip Hop and want to help – we have spaces for several Shabbat Tent Volunteers to staff the Seder.
shoot an email to email@example.com and fill out interest form above to help out!
Coachella? Wakarusa? Phish? What do you have planned this summer?
If you are going to be at one of these fests, or want to make one at any other fest this summer, we are happy to help coordinate making as many Shabbat Tent’s as possible. So far we have been contacted by people going to Wakarusa, Bonnaroo and Phish’s shows in Atlantic City.
If you want to help with one of these or others – let me know!
We are also starting a wiki guide – let us know if you want to help!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for Shabbat services, dinner, oneg, hanging out at our tent right near the overflow parking LOT NUMBER 5. Look for the huge blue topped tent and the long green “Gefilte Phish” flag. We’ll be lighting candles at 6:30, and hosting all night long.
The Shabbat Tent team — Adam, Josh, Sarah, Tuli, Ruth, Avi, Zev, Reina, David and Rabbi Yonah — would like to thank the kind security for letting us bring in the wine for dinner, all two cases of it.
Spread the word, bring your friends at any time to the Shabbat Tent. We have tons of Challah, Chocolate Babka, and a kitchen made from a pop-up sukkah, no-joke. We have bagels being heated in a solar cooker, and sub-tea brewing on the roof of Rabbi Yonah’s mini-van.
Menu for tonights gourmet dinner — Challah and Wine Tasting! (with delicious side-dishes of chumus, salads, guacamole, chips and salsa, wine, beer, and delicious desert.
Join Rabbi Yonah, Adam, Josh, Avi and the whole Shabbat Tent Team for Shabbos Davening and Communal Meals!
When we arrive Friday afternoon we’ll post on the Shabbat Tent FB page, this website and send out a tweet (twitter.com/shabbattent) our location in the General Admission Camping.
Bring yourself, any food you can add to the communal pile for shabbos meals, a few siddurs to share with those who want to
Should be out of this world!