Jewish Mindfull Meditation for Shabbat Rest

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation– led by Dr. Joanne Gartenberg. Mindfulness meditation will be explored as a path that can enhance our experience of Shabbat and support our Jewish lives and the fulfillment of our Jewish values.

***No special equipment required***

No reservations required.  All are welcome.

We do encourage you to sign up so you can get future updates about upcoming Urban Sabbath Retreats:  Sign Me Up!


Shabbat Lunch Feast

Join us for a relaxed and joyful Shabbat lunch with the traditional Shabbat Cholents made with the magic touch of Emily Moore, master chef.  We’ll sing and talk too!  The conversation question for lunch:  What is emerging as Jewish Environmental Practice?

Emily Moore’s Amazing Shabbat Lunch  (Parve, Meat Options)

  • Vegetarian Cholent with Barley, Beans, Potatoes, Smoked Mushrooms or
  • Meat Cholent with Beef Flanken, Barley, Beans and Potatoes
  • Lockshen (Noodle) Kugel (parve)
  • Green Bean, Scallion and Red Pepper Salad
  • Date Nut Torte (parve)
The meal will be held at the social hall of the Ballard Lutheran Church, a short walk from the Interfaith Community Sanctuary where we are holding most of our Shabbaton events.

$18.50 per person. $10 for children 7-13. Free for children 6 and younger.  RSVP and

Interactive Torah Service

Led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.  We will share a traditional anchored Torah and Haftarah reading but with significant time allotted to exploration and discussion of the meaning of sacred texts.  Rabbi Gartenberg shares insights and asks thought provoking questions about the portion of the week at intentionally planned pauses in the reading.  The hope is that the readings will come alive and insights will flow.

This event is free and all are welcome.

We do encourage you to sign up so you can get future updates about upcoming Urban Sabbath Retreats:  Sign Me Up!

Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service

Led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and Dr. Joanne Gartenberg.  The service will be anchored in the traditional Hebrew prayers of Shabbat morning, but led in a slower more reflective pace and filled with beautiful melodies.  We will selectively abridge parts of the service to avoid a feeling of a rushed pace. The service is also accessible to those without a strong Hebrew background.  All are welcome. There is no charge or need for RSVP.

We do encourage you to sign up so you can get future updates about upcoming Urban Sabbath Retreats:  Sign Me Up!

Shabbat Dinner Feast

A joyful Shabbat Sacred Feast with Song, Story, and Conversation.  Rabbi Dov Gartenberg will facilitate table discussion on the meaning of Shabbat in the age of climate change.

Friday Evening Dinner


  • Kasha Varnitchkes
  • Kulebiaka (salmon, mushrooms and accompaniments wrapped in pastry)
  • Olive and Orange Salad with Winter Greens and Sesame
  • Pumpkin Carrot Ginger Tzimmes Casserole
  • Pflaumen Kuchen (apple plum kuchen with streusel)
Meal by master chef, Emily Moore. The meal will be held at the Ballard Lutheran Church social hall, a short walk from the Interfaith Community Sanctuary

$24.00 per person. $10 for Children 7-13. Free for children 6 and younger.   RSVP and Prepay.

October 2015 Urban Sabbath Retreat

Join us for the first Urban Sabbath Retreat, aka Shabbaton, a re-envisioning of the Jewish Sabbath experience.   Below you will find a schedule of the full Shabbaton.  You are welcome to attend one or more events.  We encourage people who have the time to attend the full retreat to experience the spiritual richness and beauty of Shabbat. The website calendar also has details about each event and where applicable easy online RSVP and prepayment for Sabbath feasts.

Theme: Shabbat as an Environmental Practice

Schedule Summary. 

Go to the Calendar/RSVP tab to see more details for each Shabbaton event.  All are welcome to every events. No charge and no RSVP necessary for most events.  All meals will require an RSVP and prepayment. To RSVP for a Sabbath meal, click here

Friday Evening Activities-Welcoming the Sabbath
6:00-7:30  Candle Lighting and Welcome with light nosh followed by Kabbalat Shabbat Musical Service led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and Josh Niehaus.
7:45-9:30 A Shabbat Sacred Feast with Song, Story, and Conversation. RSVP required.

Saturday Morning Activities
9-10:30 Contemplative Shabbat morning service.
10:30-11:45 Interactive Torah and Haftarah Public Reading.
11:45-1:00 Kiddush followed by Shabbat Lunch with guided conversation. RSVP required.
Saturday Afternoon Activities

1:00-2:00 Break
2:00-5:00 Mindful Meditation as Shabbat Rest
5:00-6:30 Third Sabbath Meal  RSVP required.
6:30-7:30ish Melaveh Malkah-An Authentic Jewish Hootenanny with song and storytelling, followed by Havdallah.

Helpful Info about the Urban Sabbath Retreat-Shabbaton.

• We encourage people to register for the full Shabbaton to get the most out of the integrated programs, but attending single programs is welcome too.
• Each of the three meals require pre-registration and payment, since we do not handle money on Shabbat. We have a limited number of seats, so reserve early. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins to the meals.
• Our meals respect Jewish dietary and Sabbath based on Conservative Judaism’s standards of practice. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs when you register or contact Rabbi Dov Gartenberg with any questions you have.
• If you can’t come this time, get on our email list at so you can get early notice of upcoming Urban Sabbath Retreats.
• We hope you won’t worry if you don’t know or are rusty with your Hebrew. We will make everything we do accessible and inviting regardless of background.


Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service

A beautiful and spiritually moving musical service to bring in the Sabbath, led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and an ensemble of musicians led by Josh Niehaus.   The service will be preceded by candle lighting and some nosh to transition into Shabbat.  All are welcome and there is no charge or need for RSVP.

We do encourage you to sign up so you can get future updates about upcoming Urban Sabbath Retreats:  Sign Me Up!

What is Panim Hadashot-The Heart of Shabbat?

פנים חדשות-Panim Hadashot
The Heart of Shabbat

Updated Vision Statement 9/9/15

The mission of Panim Hadashot* is to create a Sabbath-centered community, involving meaningful practices that transform the Sabbath into a joyful spiritual and ethical practice in our lives.

We believe that a rich Shabbat practice is a path toward opening the heart, connecting us to others, fostering compassion and building personal resilience. Arthur Green, one of the leading figures of modern Jewish thought, has observed that the Jewish Sabbath “is the best gift Judaism has to offer the world.” The rest, revival, and renewal of the Sabbath can help us to reduce our anxiety, overcome our sorrows, and mend our broken hearts.  Shabbat allows us to build the spiritual strength that enables us to contribute toward repair (tikun) of the brokenness of the human condition that we encounter.

Panim Hadashot, meaning “new face” in Hebrew, is a Talmudic term that connotes joyful hospitality.  In later Jewish literature Panim Hadashot emerges as a name for the Sabbath itself.   These texts embody the Sabbath as a beautiful new face welcomed with love each Friday evening.  The Jewish people and the Sabbath are imagined as two lovers meeting again after a prolonged absence.

We seek to instill this love of the Sabbath by offering a full Shabbaton over one Shabbat each month, which will feature both new and old Shabbat practices, including:

  • Musical services that invite participation, featuring new and old melodies
  • Sabbath feasts combining great food, experience and explanation of table rituals, and enlivening table talk that will move us into a more communal experience
  • Shabbat Torah study, which engages the curious mind and provides insight into issues that touch our lives.
  • Mindfulness meditation teachings and practices incorporated into the experience of Shabbat prayer and Shabbat rest

This non-residential retreat begins Friday evening and runs through the end of Shabbat. People can join us for as many activities as they would like. We believe that this “wall to wall” Shabbat experience will enhance participants’ observance of the Sabbath and be a unique contribution to Jewish life in Seattle.

We invite you to experience Shabbat through Panim Hadashot and to join us in shaping and implementing our vision. For more information, visit our website or contact us at 907 314-0810 or

* Pronounced Paa-neem Chod-ah-shot.panim_01-04

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.

Who will be at peace and who will be troubled? מי ינוח ומי ינוע

Who will be serene and who will be disturbed? מי ישקיט ומי יטרף

Who will be tranquil and who will be tormented? ומי ישלו ומי יתיסר

These dyads focus on an ancient fear- the fear of what we today call mental illness. There was no word for mental illness in antiquity. Like the fear of death, the fear of falling sick to mental anguish and suffering was part of their reality, and continues to be part of ours. While we know much more about mental illness than our ancestors, we have, like them, found no cures for the myriad ways it manifests in ourselves or in the people we love.

Before I moved back to Seattle in April 2015, I served as the Executive Director of an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Juneau, Alaska. During my time there I learned and taught NAMI’s signature peer education courses for family members who are caring for a loved one with mental illness. I also brought to the community NAMI’s peer support and education courses for persons living with mental illness. Most important, I was able to mine my personal experience as a parent of a child with mental illness to become an advocate for people and family enduring the great challenges of living with it.

In moving back to Seattle I want to continue to advocate, support and educate persons and families living with mental illness as a rabbi in the Jewish community. Under the rubric of Panim Hadashot, the Jewish organization I have reestablished, I am working to bring NAMI’s outstanding peer support and education programs to the attention of the Seattle Jewish community. I am meeting with the leadership of Jewish Family Service and NAMI to foster greater collaboration in bringing forward the peer-led programs that NAMI offers.

One of NAMI’s signature programs is Family to Family, a course designed for family members who care for a loved one living with a mental illness such as depression, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety disorders, and Schizophrenia to organize and teach a NAMI. I am working with the Seattle affiliate of NAMI to modify and teach this course to include unique Jewish cultural issues that can arise with Jewish families dealing with mental illness. I will be teaching this course not as a rabbi, but as a peer. A peer in this case is a person who has life experience caring for a family member.

The Family to Family Course has been scheduled to run on Mondays and Wednesday evenings from November 9 to December 16, 2015. It is for any family members or caregivers caring for a loved one living with mental illness. The course is currently offered under the rubric of NAMI of Greater Seattle and Panim Hadashot, my recently reestablished Jewish organization. The course will meet in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle. The course is free, but registration will be limited to twenty persons. You will be able to find information on the course by September 1st at or at

I am also working to hold in Seattle a gathering focused on Judaism and Mental Illness. The gathering would be modeled on a conference that took place in New York City in 2014 organized by the Jewish institute of Drisha.

I wanted to make you aware of these efforts and invite you to join me either as a participant or as a collaborator. I also hope that over time we will be able to train a cadre of persons in the Jewish community who can help others on this journey by becoming NAMI trained peer teachers or support group facilitators. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested at

I remember many years ago when my son was hospitalized in one of the more severe depressive episodes. He was so sick and in such pain that I hardly recognized him. As I fell to the depths of despair, one of the aides saw the distress on my face and took me aside. He told me, “It will not always be like this. He will find a way out of this.” I will always remember those words of hope and solace. Over time they were prophetic.

I am calling on inspired persons in our community to provide hope, support, and encouragement for those we know who face this enormous challenge. As it says at the end of ‘Unetaneh Tokef’, “Teshuvah, tefilah, and tzedaka maavirin et roa hagezera”. I translate this beloved prayer to mean “by turning toward, by advocating, and by generous righteous and caring acts we diminish the severity of the decree.” We have the power to make a difference and bring hope to those who live with mental illness.

Shanah Tovah v’tikateivu,

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

Panim Hadashot