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.
SHABBAT TENT started unofficially during the hours connecting 1999 and 2000 at Phish’s New Year’s Millennium Show on Big Cyprus Indian Reservation, Florida and subsequently was replicated at more dozens of concerts and music festivals nationwide.
“SHABBAT TENT is the last thing that any young Jew expects to find at a music festival,” said Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, National Coordinator for Shabbat Tent, “and it illustrates that Judaism is portable, friendly and enjoyable.”
SHABBAT TENT creates a Jewish presence and welcoming micro-community, a place for people to share food, song, prayer, and good vibes as part of the general festival experience. SHABBAT TENT is open to anyone, without regard for religion, ethnicity, or background.
Mandy T., who connected with SHABBAT TENT at Coachella shared: “My last Jewish experience was a Bat Mitzvah fourteen years ago. If I had known that Judaism could be this cool, I would have never left.”
SHABBAT TENT offers numerous aspects of the Shabbat experience from Kabbalat Shabbat, candle lighting, and Kiddush to Shabbat dinner and late night Havdallah. The SHABBAT TENT is staffed by volunteers from around the country who love music, Jews, Judaism and making the world a better place.
“Helping with Shabbat Tent at Coachella was the most positive and rewarding Jewish experience I have ever had,” remarked volunteer, Allison Saft of Philadelphia. “Everyone was welcomed, cared for, inquisitive, enthusiastic about our message…The Tent provided a vital opportunity for Jewish festival goers to come together to chill, share, learn, and feel the spiritual community vibe.”
The SHABBAT TENT 2013 SUMMER TOUR is generously underwritten by Allen and Deanna Alevy and Family, of Long Beach, California, supporters of many humanitarian and Jewish causes. “Shabbat Tent inspires everyone and keeps us in step with where young Jews are today,” said Allen Alevy.