Matisyahu hosting Shabbat Tent in Wakarusa


Join MATISYAHU, Birthright NEXT, and Rabbi Yonah, for a rocking Shabbat organized by Adam & Michelle Weinberg and Team Shabbat Tent at Wakarusa Music Festival, June 4-7, 2009.

That’s right, yours truly will be on-hand for facilitation of Shabbat stuff, like dinner and services, and who knows what else.

MATISYAHU performs on Friday late-afternoon at the festival, and will be joining festival-goers for Shabbat from Sundown on Friday night June 5 until nightfall on Saturday, June 6

Organized by the the now famous, often immitated but never duplicated Shabbat Tent Team, and sponsored by the brave souls who run Birthright Israel NEXT, Matisyahu and friends will be setting up prayer services, meals, and parties throughout the weekend.

No knowledge of Shabbat is required, and all activities are open to everyone who wants to attend.

Campers are also free to stop by the Shabbat Tent at anytime throughout the festival simply to hang out, fire up a conversation, o

r mingle with new friends and old. More details on the Shabbat festivities will be forthcoming soon and available here and at Matisyahu’s official website.


The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is a 4-day foot-stomping party in the heart of the Midwest. Born in 2004, Wakarusa burst onto the scene with a diverse and eclectic lineup featuring over 70 artists. Wakarusa has established itself as a premiere, grassroots event in the nationwide outdoor music scene. Attracting folks from all 50 U.S. States and several countries, in the past, Wakarusa has featured 100 artists, 7 stages and over 4 days of non-stop music and entertainment. Learn more at:


Si Frumkin, 78, Great Jewish Activist and Dachau Survivor

Si Frumkin burning a Soviet Flag outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles. Where have all the great Jewish activists gone?
This picture of Si Frumkin inspires me. Today when Jewish groups rally to Israel’s aid, we are lucky if there is an inspiring word said. Ok, perhaps that is an exaggeration. But between the ambivalence of the Jewish community over Israel’s use of force in defending herself, and the Jewish communities fear of attracting too much attention from the Gentiles, Israel rallies on the West Coast are not what the Soviet Jewry Rallies of Si’s generation were.

I am hoping to change that. Stay tuned.

The LA Times honored Si with this Obituary:

By Jon Thurber
May 18, 2009
In the late 1960s, as reports of repression of Soviet Jews began to increase, a question began filtering to the West: “Why have you forgotten us?”

Si Frumkin, a survivor of Dachau and a prominent Los Angeles textile manufacturer, heard the question and it reminded him of the days before the Holocaust.

A man of direct action, Frumkin founded the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews in 1968 and over the next two decades would not leave the issue alone. For years his inventive activism could be found in protests at a variety of Soviet cultural events.

When the Bolshoi Ballet came to town, he distributed fake programs outside the Shrine Auditorium telling folks to enjoy the show but added a message about repression. When Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev visited President Nixon at the Western White House in San Clemente, Frumkin released 5,000 balloons with the message “Let My People Go.” He hired a helicopter to fly over the Super Bowl with a banner: “Save Soviet Jewry.”

Frumkin, who did more than anyone else in the United States to focus attention on the struggle of Soviet Jews, died Friday of cancer at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He was 78.


UC Intifadah 2009: Blood Libel, Lies & Racism

Latest photos from the 2009 UC Irvine Intifada – A Jihad of lies and propaganda, intimidation, and anti-Jewish racism.

Tank with anna frank picture in kafiyah

Chancellor Drake Missing as Intifadah Rages at UCI

This is the SAME THING THAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR – Drake Vanishes. Amazing timing. Gomez supports the MSU, and the expense of the Jewish students.

Dear Rabbi Yonah,

Chancellor Drake is traveling this week and is not available to meet.
Perhaps you would like to contact Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Manuel
Gomez.  He can be reached at or 949-824-6482.



Anne DeMarie
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
University of California, Irvine
510 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-1900
949-824-4354 Phone
949-824-1846 Fax