From one desert to another -- 3,500 years later.
Coachella's second weekend (April 22-24) for many Jewish people presents something of a dilemma: either draw your Bubby's ire by blowing off her Passover Seder and matzah ball soup or drown your FOMO in bitter herbs and gelatinous gefilte fish while LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses and Sia blow up the desert fest. Thanks to a rabbi and a rapper, however, you may not have to make that tortured decision.
"We'll be doing ten-minute Seders and distributing matzah through one of the Jewish artists who we work with a lot, Kosha Dillz," says Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, who runs the Shabbat Tent, a structure that's been providing spiritual and social comfort at music festivals to Jew and gentile alike over the past 16 years.
Like manna from heaven, the Shabbat Tent at this year's Coachella is presenting Matzahchella, a 10-minute Passover Seder which will happen roughly every hour on both Friday and Saturday nights at a tent situated in the car camping area just past Coachella's iconic Ferris wheel. Here, the youngest participant can ask the ceremonial four questions while all partake in the Seder plate, which includes Osem matzah (i.e. bland unleavened bread) charoset (a sweet mix of fruits and nuts), maror (a spicy horseradish mixture) and a lamb shank bone as well as Manischevitz grape juice.