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Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Reactivates the Panim Blog

Dear Readers,

I am reactivating and repurposing the Panim Hadashot-New Faces blog. I have not been writing since moving to New Mexico to take an interim pulpit at Congregation B'nai Israel of Albuquerque in August of 2019. Now, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been moved to witness this unprecedented and unforgettable moment in our lives. I hope to repurpose the blog for two things.

First, I will use the blog to communicate with my community here in New Mexico in a timely manner. When I am writing to my community, I will open with the words, "For the community of B'nai Israel, ABQ". That will tell you the message is local for the ABQ Jewish Community.

Second, I will bear witness to this moment in time as we live through these difficult and weird times. These blog posts will not have the words, "For the community of B'nai Israel, ABQ." They are designed for a general readership including ABQ and beyond. I will also post links to excellent articles and things I come across.

At the moment, I am not accepting comments on the blog, but if you are moved to write, please send me an email at dovgartenberg at

I wish everyone health and safety,

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg