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Blues for Challah

Interest: Arts, Education, Living Judaism
Audience: College Students, Adults, Intergenerational, Families, Singles

Temple De Hirsch Sinai and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle present the first annual Grateful Dead Shabbaton!

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What are you going to do?

We will create a West Coast version of the increasingly popular Grateful Dead Shabbatonim that is held at the Isabella Friedman Center in Connecticut. This is an all-ages retreat that brings together musicians, fans, scholars and students for fellowship, study, worship and ardent appreciation of the music of the Grateful Dead. 

Blues for Challah is an immersive, vibrant experience that will inspire and energize participants. Activities include:

  • Shabbat service options
  • Live music, of course! Music plays an integral part in this experience, and the retreat will end with a community jam session. Live music does not begin until after Shabbat ends.
  • Lectures and discussions of Jewish spiritual texts and how the lyrics of the Grateful Dead and other musicians intersect with them.
  • Meditation and yoga
  • Kids' activities, including arts & crafts
In an age in which skepticism of religious institutions and traditions corresponds with a deep and abiding spirituality, this program seeks to engage those previously alienated from the Jewish community but are ripe to be reconnected. It is a special opportunity for a diverse group of Jews to come together to celebrate Shabbat and connect over learning, discussion, food and music.

Rabbi Daniel Weiner
Senior Rabbi of Temple De Hirsch
Keith Dvorchik
JFGS President & CEO

About Rabbi Daniel Weiner

The Senior Rabbi of Temple De Hirsch Sinai since July 2001, Daniel A. Weiner strives to make community at the synagogue a ‘family of families’.

About Keith Dvorchik

Keith Dvorchik is the President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He loves the music of the Grateful Dead and considers listening to "Samson & Delilah" a work experience.