A revolution in Shabbat hospitality at Sundance Film Festival, Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, High Sierra Music Festival, and Lockn’ Music Festival
We handled sun, wind and heat at of two weekends at Coachella . Then braved the steaming hot fields of Lockn’. And hiked through the snow in Park City. Shabbat Tent’s dedicated volunteers and coordinators brought the Shabbat Tent love to thousands of Jewish young adults and a diverse group of festival attendees in 2019.
The season began in Park City, with our Shabbat Lounge, where film lovers gathered for two sold out dinners. Special guests in 2019 included Dr. Ruth Westheimer who spoke movingly about her life and relationships over dinner. We were also honored to host Peter Yarrow, the famed and talented folksinger, who led an unplugged sing-a-long that moved us to tears.
Dr. Ruth was there promoting her highly acclaimed documentary “Ask Dr. Ruth” made for Hulu. Peter Yarrow was there promoting Operation Respect, a highly acclaimed anti-bullying program that is making a difference world-wide.
Shabbat Tent continued with Coachella, where Shabbat Tent crews served up Shabbat food, hydration, and programs in the wild campgrounds of the mega festival. Due to high winds they delay the start of the festival but our intrepid team managed to set-up in time.
Over memorial day weekend, volunteers created a highly successful Shabbat hospitality tent at Lightning in a Bottle, while another JConnect supported event, Camp Neshama Jewish singles retreat, was taking place at the Dovid Oved Retreat Center in Running Springs, CA. Both events we managed run simultaneously in different parts of the state and demonstrated the organizational flexibility, bandwidth and scalability of the Shabbat Tent program.
We are grateful to the volunteers, partners and sponsors who made 2019 possible including: EJF Philanthropies, David and Stephanie Schwartz, Allen and Deanna Alevy, the Friedstein and Uretsky Families.
We are also grateful to the festivals for their help!
See you in 2020!