Panim Hadashot, the Hebrew term that is our name, means new face or new faces. The term originates in the Talmud and refers to a ancient wedding tradition of inviting guests to celebrations from beyond the immediate circles of family and friends.
Panim Hadashot seeks to refresh this ancient Jewish tradition by asking hosts to invite "new faces" to a Home Shabbat Experience.
Who are New Faces? New faces may be people new to Seattle, new acquaintances, people you don't know well, who you would like to know better, or a stranger you have met just living your daily life.
Or you can ask Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, the Convener of Panim Hadashot, to invite a few 'new faces' from folks he knows, who have expressed interest in coming to Shabbat home gatherings.
Inviting new faces to share in a Sabbath meal is an authentic Jewish way of hospitality. By sharing our bounty and the joy of our holy days with new faces, we expand our life experience and create vibrant intersections in our life journeys.