Shabbat Tent Across America

The Shabbat Tent teams worked very hard this year reaching seven festivals in three states. Festivals reached this year included: Coachella, Kate Wolf, High Sierra, Mountain Jam, Rainbow Gathering, Mystic Garden, and Reggae on the River.  See below for some photos!

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Shabbat on the Reggae River: An Auf Ruf, a Bar Mitzvah, and All-Night Jamming

What do you get when you cross California’s oldest and most prestigious reggae music festival and Shabbat Tent? That is what we were looking to find out.

The festival is nestled in the steep and wooded mountains of Humbolt County along the Eel River. Wherever you turn, the view of the mountains and trees is beautiful. 10,000 lovers of music sold-out the festival who camped and RV’ed wherever was possible.

Thanks to the organizers and producers of Reggae on the River, Shabbat Tent was given a very visibile and comfortable location  just next to the main venue entrance. Thanks to Elie Green and Daniel Kozmal (of Doc Green’s Healing Cooperative), the tent was decorated with futons, plants, artwork they brought up from Berkeley by cargo van. Shimon and team hung drapery from the ceiling, and at the entrances. the Shabbat Tent team also built a full mobile kitchen in the camping area for cooking and food prep so that all the meals would be fresh and delicious.

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Mountain High Shabbat Spiritual Adventure

August 23-25, 2013
Angeles National Forest – Jackson Flats

Join Shabbat Tent and Rabbi Yonah for a weekend in the stunning Angeles National Forest mountains. Grab your camping gear, and we’ll provide the food, l’chaims, and spirituality. Wrap up summer in the great outdoors with a breath of fresh air and get fired-up for the New Year ahead.

Program includes: Shabbat Feasts, optional Carlebach style services, classes, BBQ, walks, meditation and more.

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SoCal JYAE: First Gospels and Glidah Event

Ever heard the phrase “Don’t judge me” or “Who are you to judge?” The foundation for these terms were explored in Long Beach, California the other night amongst young adults. The first ever “Gospels & Glidah”event, led by Rabbi Drew Kaplan, explored the origin of these terms in the Gospels and contrasted them with similar ideas in Rabbinic Literature.

“The Gospels and Glidah event, offered a great opportunity to engage with scriptural issues pertinent to both Jewish and Christian traditions,” said Sean Sagan, an attendee. “By focusing on the concept of ‘Judgement’, we were offered an in-depth look at the Rabbinic tradition, which we could compare to Christian accounts of judgement in the Gospels.” Read More

Rabbi Yonah Appointed Rabbi-in-Residence at USC

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein is returning to campus this fall as Rabbi-in-Residence for USC Hillel. Rabbi Yonah served for five years as Campus Rabbi at Long Beach State and University of California Irvine.

Shabbat Tent: Shabbat Hospitality to Reach Thousands at National Music Festivals

Los Angeles, Calif., June 2013 —  After a resounding success at music festivals in 2012 and most recently at the Coachella Music Festival, SHABBAT TENT is proud to announce a greatly expanded 2013 SHABBAT TENT SUMMER TOUR at festivals in New York, Montana, California, and Washington. With its signature giant white canopy, delicious Shabbat meals, relaxed atmosphere, and joyous Shabbat programming, SHABBAT TENT will welcome thousands of Jews over the next three months.

The SHABBAT TENT SUMMER TOUR 2013 is scheduled visit Mountain Jam Music Festival in Hunter Mountain, NY, June 6-8; Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville, CA, June 28-30; High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA, July 4-7; the National Rainbow Gathering (with Home Shalom) in Montana, July 1-8; Gathering of the Vibes, July 25-28 in Bridgeport, CT; and Reggae on the River in Piercy, CA, Aug 1-4. The SHABBAT TENT summer will culminate with the First Annual Mountain High Shabbat in the Angeles National Forest, August 22-24. Read More

Rabbi Yonah’s Kabbalah and Halacha of Summer Classes Online

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I am currently teaching a four-part class on the Kabbalah and Halacha of summer. Each class is dedicated to a different Jewish month – Sivan, Tammuz, Av, and Ellul – and the Kabbalistic meanings embedding in each month. In addition, we are learning Halacha that is connected to summer time. Everything from what to do with a bee in the house to the laws of Tisha B’a Av and much more. Each class is between 1 and 1.5 hours long. Read More

SoCal JYAE: Discussion on Non-Marital Sex in Judaism

Last week, Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment (SoCalJYAE) held its fourth monthly discussion on Sex & Relationships in Judaism.  The discussion, led by SoCalJYAE’s Rabbi Drew Kaplan, explored the view against non-marital sex in the Jewish tradition.

The event, held in Carson, was the first time SoCalJYAE has held an event north of Long Beach (SoCalJYAE has held events, such as the earlier events in the series, in Long BeachOrange County, and Riverside).  Designed to be more geographically accessible to South Bay residents, this event expanded the geographical reach of SoCalJYAE programming.  As with all of the events in the “Jews, Brews and Rabbi Drew” series, the event was a potluck beer event held at a private residence. Read More

Shabbat Tent: High Sierra Music Festival July 4-7

high sierra 2013After the great success of last year’s Shabbat Tent at High Sierra, we are going back! The entire Bookstein clan will be rolling in vendor style, hosting the tent this summer.

Join Shabbat Tent for a rockin’ weekend at this legendary music festival. It might be a long drive — but it is worth every minute of the drive, trust me. (Quincy is a ten hour drive from LA.)

What is Shabbat Tent? Shabbat Tent is a place to gather, share food, make l’chaims, chill, rehydrate, charge your cell phone, and get out of the sun. We do inspiring an Kabbalat Shabbat, candle lighting, Shabbat Dinner and Lunch, and a musical Havdallah.

Everyone regardless of religion, spiritual views, etc. who wishes to spend any time at the Tent, is of course welcomed without question.

Email to get on our group ticket discount list. Also email us for more info if you need it.

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SoCal JSS: Rituals & Rums Fundraiser Event

On Sunday, February 10th, Southern California Jewish Student Services (SoCalJSS) held its third bimonthly texts and tippling event. “Rituals & Rums” was an enjoyable experience for an adult crowd, where participants got to enjoy exploring a variety of rums as well as exploring withRabbi Drew why Judaism has wine in so many of its rituals. Whether it be lifecycle events or holiday/shabbat activities, the topic under discussion provided some questions and insights as to why and how wine came to be associated with them.

As with previous such events being “Witches & Whiskies” in October and “Torches & Tequilas” in December, in addition to exposing the crowd to the topic and the spirits, the purpose of the series is also to serve as an opportunity for giving of one’s tzedakah money to support the work of SoCalJSS in Jewishly enriching the lives of young adults in Southern California.

The next such event will feature a single-malt Scotch tasting on Sunday, April 21st at 7pm.