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This is a website and blog are organized by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg who is the founder of the non profit organization, Panim Hadashot.

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg is the Founder of Panim Hadashot-New Faces. Rabbi Dov has practiced Shabbat and Jewish hospitality from his college days. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1981. He served as a congregational rabbi in synagogues in Southern California, Seattle, Washington, and now in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is known as a Jewish communal innovator, a community builder, and a passionate advocate for environmental activism and social justice based on Jewish teachings. He is highly regarded as a teacher of Jewish texts, spirituality, and Jewish thought.

Meaning

Panim Hadashot - פנים חדשות (Pah-neem Chah-dah-shote) means “new faces” in Hebrew. It is an ancient Jewish term associated with hospitality and the Sabbath. Panim Hadashot was originally formed as a unique Jewish non-profit focused on Shabbat and Jewish Hospitality.

The Panim Hadashot Blog

While the organization Panim Hadashot has ceased it activities, Rabbi Dov Gartenberg continues to contribute to the weblog with posts on contemporary Jewish life and the unique challenges to practicing hospitality during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Rabbi Gartenberg continues to write about the importance of hospitality as a central Jewish practice including the revival or the custom of table singing, exploring timely Jewish teachings about the other, and bringing “new faces,” people from diverse backgrounds, together in celebration.