Palm Springs VillageFest Patrons Know to "Ask the Rabbi"

Rabbi Yonason Denebeim answers queries for directions to life's big questions

For nearly 25 years, Rabbi Yonason Denebeim has set up shop at Thursday night's Palm Springs VillageFest.

Christopher Swan


Starbucks has nothing on Rabbi Yonason Denebeim.

But he may have something on the downtown Palm Springs coffee attraction.

His small, wooden booth with its black cloth cover and simple sign that reads, "Ask the Rabbi", has become a staple of the Palm Springs VillageFest on Thursday nights by anchoring one of the event’s most popular street corners at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

His advice and insight have become so influential over the years that he’s been approached to do a reality TV show (he talked them out of it), and given advice to global corporations.

As the Rabbi says with his usual gregarious smile, “ the extent that Starbucks had a few people come and interview me about why my corner was so popular before they had opened up their Starbucks [there]. Now I don’t know if it’s true, but they tell me that that Starbucks [now] has the highest volume, and I’d like to think I had something to do with that.”

Watch the video to learn more about the man himself, why he does what he does out side of his regular duties at Chabad of Palm Springs & Desert Communities, how it affects those who visit him, and his reasoning for choosing such a humble approach to taking on some of life’s bigger questions.

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.


VIDEO: Watch a typical VillageFest day unfold for Rabbi Yonason Denebeim.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Cabazon Indio Powwow Celebrates Way of Life

For the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, their annual Powwow is more than a celebration that offers up grand performances with monetary prizes.

Desert Migration Puts Camera on Living HIV-Positive in Palm Springs

Shot entirely in and around Palm Springs, Desert Migration is a documentary about 13 gay men who moved to the desert to deal with their HIV+ status.

The Muse and the Willows

There is something about The Willows in Palm Spring that takes your breath away.

Where to Party on Halloween in Greater Palm Springs

Here is a list of Halloween celebrations taking place in Greater Palm Springs from haunted houses, costume contests, kiddie parties to music-pumping extravaganzas.

Flying Aviation Expo Taxis into Palm Springs

The Flying Aviation Expo taxis into Palm Springs, and brings with it one of the most visual spectacles of the season with the Parade of Planes.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

McCallum Theatre Broadway Blockbusters Experience!

McCallum Theatre Broadway Blockbusters Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the four 2015-2016 Broadway Blockbusters Series shows.
Romantic Palm Springs Getaway

Romantic Palm Springs Getaway

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couples getaway
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags