September 2017, Elul 5777
To my fellow Jews,
Please invite us to your home for Shabbat! I know this sounds hutzpidik (audacious), but we would like to team up with you to create a wonderful experience of Sabbath joy and to share with you the beautiful practice and mitzvah of Shabbat hospitality. I invite you to become a host and to team up with us to be a Shabbat Hospitality Partner.
We do something unique. We team up with hosts all around Seattle to celebrate an experience of Sabbath joy through home hospitality, music and song, and engaging conversation around a Shabbat meal. We add one ‘Hiddush’ (innovation) to this ancient Jewish tradition. We utilize master musicianship to share and sing melodies from the great treasure house of acapella Shabbat music with you and your guests. We can also share much more, including Israeli and contemporary Jewish music (and American masters such as Dylan, Cohen, and Simon)
As a Shabbat Hospitality Partner, we offer for your Shabbat home event our gifted musicians of the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. I’m part of the ensemble as a singer, teacher, and a facilitator of timely discussions.
Shabbat Hospitality Partners invite their circle of family and friends and a couple of new faces (acquaintances or people outside your circle of friends. Hence our name). We can come to your home on a Friday or Saturday evenings (Havdallah) and even on Festivals such as the upcoming holidays of Sukkot and Hanukah.
We do not charge hosts to host because we want to show how wonderful it is to practice the ancient Jewish traditions of hospitality. Nor do we insist that your kitchen be a certain way. Rather, we want to make it easier for people to do Shabbat Hospitality and to experience what Shabbat can be. Whether you are an experienced Shabbat host or someone who has never hosted, we believe that this experience will be precious and inspiring to you and your guests.
During these troubled times, we cannot think of anything more important than to bring folks together and raise their spirits, and renew their hope to make the world a better place.
All the information you need to learn about how Shabbat Hospitality Partnerships work is in this online guide including a way to RSVP and setup your event. We have dates open through February 2018. We recommend that you RSVP soon to get your preferred date.
Let me know if you are interested in becoming a Shabbat Hospitality Partner.
Thanks for considering this unique opportunity to share in a mitzvah. Shannah Tovah,
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot-New Faces