Wawa, the oddly-named convenience store chain, is a ubiquitous staple in six states and the District of Columbia. Performance artist Brian Feldman had the idea to combine this venerable institution with his religious convictions, resulting in “Wawa Shabbawa,” AKA “a Shabbat of convenience.” It’s an actual communal Shabbat dinner held in a Wawa seating area.
After inaugural dinners in his home town of Washington, D.C., and two cities in Florida, Feldman hosted the Philadelphia debut of Wawa Shabbawa across from Independence Mall, in the chain’s largest store.
When planning a Wawa Shabbawa, Feldman neither notifies nor asks permission to host a dinner in the convenience store but no one has raised any objection. “The management was happy to see us,” Feldman reports.
Previously, Feldman hosted ChanuIKEA, Chanukah in an IKEA.
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