NAMI Family to Family Class sponsored by Panim Hadashot-New Faces

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. This particular class led by Rabbi Gartenberg is geared for Jewish families experiencing a loved one’s serious mental illness.

Social Action

Panim Hadashot will be active in the area of social action especially during these tempestuous times. We are strongly committed to pluralism and preserving a democratic society that protects human rights.  We are interested in forming a social action group. If you are interested, contact Rabbi Dov Gartenberg at Rabbi Gartenberg is a mental … Continue reading “Social Action”

Our Community

Our Current Program Lineup  April 2017 Most of these programs are listed in the calendar as they occur. To participate in our Home Hospitality Programs such as Shabbat Hosting Partnerships, please contact Rabbi Gartenberg at or click on this link. Our Home Hospitality Centered Programs Shabbat Hosting Partnerships-We collaborate with hosts to practice Shabbat … Continue reading “Our Community”

An Elul Letter from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg on Mental Illness and the Seattle Jewish Community

Monday, August 24, 2015/ 9 Elul, 5775 Dear friends, During the upcoming Days of Awe we will chant the haunting prayer, Unetaneh Tokef. The famous dyads of this prayer reveal the existential anxieties of our ancestors. I am writing to you about three of the dyads which have absorbed my attention during my adult life. … Continue reading “An Elul Letter from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg on Mental Illness and the Seattle Jewish Community”

Rosh Hashannah Seder and Tish

Start the High Holidays with a unique evening of food, ritual, and song featuring the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. Get into the mood of the holidays with beautiful music and delicious foods of the season.

Our Mission

Our Mission: Revitalizing Shabbat Hospitality Panim Hadashot- New Faces (pronounced Paw-neem Chaw-daw-shote) literally means New Face or New Faces” in Hebrew.  It is an old Jewish term associated with hospitality, the act of inviting new faces to share our joy over a Sabbath or Festival meal.  Panim Hadashot-New Faces, fosters the practice of home Shabbat … Continue reading “Our Mission”

A Description of an Emerging Community: Panim Hadashot-New Faces

Dear Readers, I invite your comments about this synopsis, especially those who have experienced our gatherings over the past 6 months.  RDG Panim Hadashot-New Faces A Synopsis of Our Emerging Community Version 1.7 New Faces-Panim Hadashot is a new community dedicated to revitalizing the practice of Jewish Hospitality.   The Hebrew term for hospitality is ‘Hachnasat … Continue reading “A Description of an Emerging Community: Panim Hadashot-New Faces”

Closing or Opening the Door on Passover

By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Erev Pesah, 2017/5771 Several years ago, one of my students for conversion to Judaism was invited with her Jewish boyfriend to a Seder in the local Orthodox community. A few days prior to the festival a guest who was coming to that Seder, upon hearing that a non-Jew was attending, reminded … Continue reading “Closing or Opening the Door on Passover”