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The Rainbow Connection

Posted On: Aug 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Tablet Magazine

The Rainbow Connection

I went to my first Rainbow Gathering last month in search of a kind of Judaism I clicked with-something at once holy and hippie, frum yet free, all-encompassing and accessible to anyone of any religious or spiritual background.
The steadfast counterculture of Rainbow can feel a bit like a time capsule, the closest you'll get to an era now half a century in the past. Every year, thousands of the Rainbow “family”-including a significant Jewish contingent-make the pilgrimage to a remote national forest to camp, cook, sing songs, and collectively pray for world peace. Even though I'd never been to a gathering before, I knew vaguely what I was in for during my five days deep in the woods of Wisconsin: maybe some Carlebach tunes around a campfire, dreadlocked white guys, magic mushrooms, nomadic punks , nudists, and Rainbow catchphrases that I'd heard around Brooklyn and upstate New York from Rainbow family I met at other festivals.

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