“It’s a Synagogue, a Schul, a Temple! No, it’s Panim Hadashot-New Faces”
An Updated Description.
For centuries a Jewish household made the Sabbath day a time of to share festive meals together surrounded by friends and guests. Like the Passover Seder, Shabbat happens at home and can be a gathering filled with joy (oneg). The Shabbat festive meal, features wine, braided breads, symbolic rituals, abundant and delicious food, group singing, Torah study, and timely discussion.
Most important, these meals served as a vehicle for a revered Jewish practice since antiquity: Hachnasat Orchim-welcoming guests and strangers around the Sabbath table.
Panim Hadashot-New Faces is a Gomel Chesed (act of loving kindness) organization known by the acronym, Gemach. We are focused on renewing this specific act of loving kindness in Jewish tradition: hospitality, the act of Shabbat hospitality in particular. We invite Jews of all backgrounds to this practice and encourage sharing this tradition joyfully with our friends from other cultures and faiths.
How do we do this? We have cultivated a team of leaders who can come to your home to bring a spiritually rich and joyful Shabbat experience to you and your guests. We bring a deep knowledge of the rituals, beautiful live music, invigorating group singing, engaging Torah study, or rich conversation to your Shabbat gathering. We bring to every gathering an authentic spiritual sense of rest, renewal, and fellowship characteristic of the Jewish Sabbath home gathering, always with the presence of new faces in the spirit of Jewish hospitality.
Stay current with Panim Hadashot-New Faces. Here is the latest update about our activities and blog posts sent Friday, August 16, 2018: LINK.