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About Dov Gartenberg

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg is the Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot-New Faces.

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Congregation B’Nai Israel and Rabbi Dov’s Jewish Music Artists’  Fund

Chava Mirel

Wednesday, June 3rd, 7 PM Virtual Jewish “Singing Circle”: Chava uses song and meditative silence to inspire and reduce stress.

Friday, June 12th , 6 - 7 PM, Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat: Welcome shabbat with simcha (joy), and gorgeous Jewish Shabbat melodies. We are happy to have Chava back with us by popular demand.

Chava Mirel is a charismatic performer and Jewish musical educator. Chava is recognized as one of the up and coming leaders in the new wave of singer songwriters writing Jewish music. She has performed at the Plenary Stage at the recent URJ Biennial convention as well as dozens of Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist communities all over the United State.  She resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband and son. 

The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble

Friday, June 5th, 6-7 PM Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat

Welcome shabbat with heart and joy! 

The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble is returning by request for our virtual audience.

Hugh Sutton (left), is an accordionist and composer known for his many compositions and musical talent.  Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, (center), is the interim Rabbi at Congregation B’Nai Israel, narrating the origins and meaning of the music Ari Joshua (right), is a nationally renowned jazz guitarist and runs a music school in Seattle.  The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble has brought unique Jewish musical Shabbats to gatherings in the Seattle, Washington area for many years.

Rabbi Josh Warshawsky

Day, June 24th, 7 - 8 PM Virtual Concert: During these restricted times, Congregation B’nai Israel is excited to share with our community Josh’s dynamic Jewish music. 

Rabbi Josh Warshawsky

Josh Warshawsky is the preeminent voice of contemporary, soulful, exciting music within today’s Judaism. A recently ordained rabbi from the Conservative Movement’s Ziegler School Los Angeles, Josh has traveled across the country visiting synagogues, sharing music, prayer, and uplifting rabbinic teaching.

How to attend these events: click on https://www.bnaiisrael-nm.org/live-stream or go to the CBI website and click on the Live Streaming button.  Scroll down the page and click on the magenta button labeled “Join Zoom Session Now”.  You may also livestream at the CBI Facebook page.

Want to donate to the Rabbi’s Jewish Music Artists’ Fund? Email rdg@bnaiisrael-nm.org

Torah Scroll

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

With the Governor’s 1st phase reopening guidelines, it is possible for Houses of Worship to gather at 25% capacity. At the time of this writing, the CBI leadership is deliberating on what makes sense for our congregation.  I have recommended a cautious approach to gathering physically. While I am aware that some of our members are eager to gather physically, many of our congregants fall into the category of vulnerable populations.  Even if we were to gather, many of the restrictions that we would need to maintain would make services both awkward and unfamiliar. Everyone attending would need to practice social distancing, wear facemasks, avoid singing, among other restrictions. Such a service would be alien in and of itself.  It is my recommendation that we continue virtual services since it is the safest way to come together at the current time.

If you would like to review the most recent guidelines for Houses of Worship, please go to this link COVID-Safe Practices for Reopening.  Scroll to pp. 28 and 29 to read the guidelines for Houses of Worship. 

Given the limitations over gathering, I tried to imagine what it would take to conduct a physical Torah reading using a scroll that would be safe and meaningful for the congregation on Shabbat mornings. I would be interested in your feedback about this thought experiment. To give me feedback, first read the guidelines above about gatherings in a House of Worship. Then read the steps I have listed below. Lastly let me know your feedback by writing to me at rdg@bnaiisrael-nm.org. I’ll share the responses in my next message.  

  1. We would need volunteer Torah Readers who would be willing to attend physically and prepare the reading of the Torah in a proper manner.
  2. The Torah readers would need to be willing to appear on a Zoom video stream on Shabbat.
  3. We would need to make a determination of how much the Torah portion could be read based on those who have the skills, the time to prepare, and ability to attend the synagogue. Perhaps we try this once a month and not every week, for instance doing it once a month.
  4. We would need at least two volunteers to serve as Gabbaim-to check the Torah reader and to call virtual aliyot. The Gabbaim would need to sit some distance from the Torah reading, not their usual places next to the Torah reader at the reading stand. 
  5. Between the Torah reader (or readers), the two Gabbaim, a computer operator, and myself we would have between 5-7 people. Obviously we need to consider the choreography carefully to do this safely.
  6. It is doubtful we could do the traditional processionals.
  7. We will need to have our designated prayer books and Humashim which we have to leave in a designated place for use only by one person.  We cannot rely on an usher to pass the books out randomly. 

Moving along,  imagine all the things we need to think about if we held High Holiday services.

The Covid Virus pandemic has turned our worlds upside down. It has altered our ritual practices to a profound degree. Rituals, especially religious ones, serve to order our world, to offer us predictable ways of organizing holiness. I fully appreciate how the virtual services we are doing could be unsatisfying to many. Yet, we are forced to adapt and create meaning even in this contorted way.

I leave you with a thought-provoking article written by my colleague, Rabbi David Wolpe, entitled “The Whole World is Sitting Shiva.”  He captures the weirdness and uncertainty of the moment we are in. Here is the LINK

This is a time that requires Sovlanut-patience and forbearance. I hope that each of us finds this quality as we navigate these difficult times.

Shalom,

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

Tazria-Metzora 2020: Trust and Truth Then and Now
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
April 24, 2020

These two portions, Tazria and Metzora, are difficult for us to comprehend as modern readers. The concept of Tumah or ritual impurity is difficult to understand.The term, tzara’at, which is a leprous like disease featured in chapter 13, is also difficult to understand on many levels.

While this material is difficult, I want to focus narrowly on the role of the Kohen-priest in Chapter 13. As explained by the Etz Hayim, Humash commentary, the Kohen in biblical times served in the matter of tsaraat as both a religious and medical authority. The Kohen’s role was to diagnose the condition and in specific cases to isolate (hisgir) the afflicted individual initially for 7 days. If an individual is declared impure by the Kohen, he will suffer a longer isolation outside of the camp. The Kohen also served to reintegrate afflicted individuals whose conditions had improved or disappeared.

The commentator in the Humash surmises that “When the Kohen visited the afflicted person in isolation and examined the person’s sores, the experience of being cared for by the most prestigious person in the community must have helped generate healing powers in the sick person.”

The Kohen plays this role in the community because he is trusted by the people he attends to. The Kohen has an expertise that is accepted by the community and welcomed in time of need. 

Although we no longer rely on or expect Kohanim to serve in this function, the role of the Kohen reminds us of the importance of trust as we pass through this time of unprecedented crisis. We live in a world filled with competing information, intentional distortion, suspicion toward government and authority, and a novel virus that we do not fully comprehend. Who do we trust? What sources of information help us stay safe? What are the qualities we should look for in experts, leaders, people responsible for making decisions about our health and safety?

One of my favorite passages in Pirke Avot, Wisdom from the Sages, provides us with guidelines on who we should trust in this confusing environment of disinformation, exaggeration, and conflicting information.“There are seven characteristics that typify the Golem and seven, the Hacham.  The wise person does not speak in the presence of one who is wiser; does not interrupt a friend’s words; does not reply in haste; asks what is relevant and answers to the point; replies with an orderly sequence; when appropriate, concede that ‘I have not heard this.’; and acknowledges the truth. The opposite of these typify the Golem.” Pirkei Avot 5:9

שִׁבְעָה דְבָרִים בַּגֹּלֶם וְשִׁבְעָה בֶחָכָם. חָכָם אֵינוֹ מְדַבֵּר בִּפְנֵי מִי שֶׁהוּא גָדוֹל מִמֶּנּוּ בְחָכְמָה וּבְמִנְיָן, וְאֵינוֹ נִכְנָס לְתוֹךְ דִּבְרֵי , וְאֵינוֹ נִבְהָל לְהָשִׁיב, שׁוֹאֵל כָּעִנְיָן וּמֵשִׁיב כַּהֲלָכָה, וְאוֹמֵר עַל רִאשׁוֹן רִאשׁוֹן וְעַל
אַחֲרוֹן אַחֲרוֹן, וְעַל מַה שֶּׁלֹּא שָׁמַע, אוֹמֵר לֹא שָׁמָעְתִּי, וּמוֹדֶה עַל הָאֱמֶת. וְחִלּוּפֵיהֶן בַּגֹּלֶם

I believe that three of these characteristics of a Hacham deserve our attention in teaching us who we can trust in the context of the pandemic. The first characteristic states that a Hacham does not speak in the presence of one who is wiser. The wise person recognizes others with greater wisdom and knowledge and defers to them.


This week I read an interview by the columnist, Tom Friedman, of Dov Seidman, an expert on leadership. As I read Seidman’s comments, I thought of this teaching in Pirkei Avot:“The strongest local leaders will be the ones who collaborate with others and, at the same time, are exceptionally clear about their plans, brutally honest about the risks, utterly specific about the behaviors they’re asking of us, constantly searching the world for best practices and totally transparent about the technologies and data they want to collect to track our movements and contacts.”Good leaders not only recognize the wisdom of others, but incorporate their wisdom to form clear, honest counsel for the community they serve. To defer to others who are wiser, is to incorporate their wisdom.

Consider the next to last teaching in our passage from Pirkei Avot,  “When he does not know, he concedes that, ‘I have not heard this.’”Seidman observes, “What people actually want in a leader, even a charismatic one, is humility. I feel more certain in the face of uncertainty when a leader says to me, ‘I don’t know, but here are the wise experts I am going to turn to for answers, and here is how we are going to hunt for the answers together.’ The more I hear Dr. Fauci say that he does not know something, the more closely I listen to him discuss what he is sure of.”“Humble leaders actually make themselves smaller than the moment. They know that they alone cannot fix everything. So, they create the space for others to join them and to rise to do big things — together.”Anavah, humility, is the ability to perceive what you do not know and to seek others who do know. The quality is like the first quality mentioned above of deferring to someone who is wiser. The difference here is a person who is acutely aware of what she doesn’t know and can identify those gaps in her knowledge to be able to seek wisdom and knowledge from others. This can only arise from authentic humility.

The last quality in the Mishnah from Pirkei Avot is that a Hacham “acknowledges the truth.”Seidman posits a similar quality. “Great leaders trust people with the truth. And they make hard decisions guided by values and principles, not just politics, popularity, or short-term profits. Great leaders understand that when so many vulnerable and scared people are so willing, so quickly, to put their livelihoods and even their lives in their leaders’ hands, and make sacrifices asked of them, they expect the truth and nothing but the truth in return. Leaders who trust people with the truth are trusted more in return.”The ability to admit the truth, even if it is difficult to bear, is a critical quality for the moment we are in. We are dependent on our leaders at every level to provide us with the truth and point out falsehood.

The final observation in the Pirkei Avot passage tells us that the Golem embraces the opposite of these qualities. 

The Golem does not defer to those who are wiser than him. He has a trouble accepting the authority and wisdom of others.

The Golem never admits to not knowing something. He has convinced himself that he knows everything and has a better grip on reality than anyone else. He is likely to hide his ignorance to embrace alternative realities as a way to cover up for his ignorance.

Lastly, the Golem cannot accept the truth. Or he actively distorts it. He only promises a rosy future because he thinks people will abandon him if he tells the harsh truth.

In an analysis of the methods of Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist of Info-Wars, a journalist observes. “He instills a deep distrust in all authority, while promoting a seductive, conspiratorial alternate reality in which Mr. Jones, via his outlandish conspiracies, has all the answers.“ In another observation the journalist refers to anti-vaxers and people who trump liberty over public health: “They judge about other people’s needs or interests as a form of tyranny by definition. They do not think their choices affect other people.”

As difficult it is to understand our portion today, it is possible to understand that the Kohen was a trusted and truthful authority. While 2500 years have separated us from the ancient practices described in the portion and our own time, we need trusted and truthful leaders as much as our forebears. We hunger for the qualities of sound and wise leadership that are described in Pirkei Avot. In this confusing and distorted world, we must be especially skeptical of false prophets, corrupt and self-serving leaders, and arrogant snake oil salesmen. We must cultivate the critical skills to recognize and support wise leadership that the Torah has left for us as an inheritance.

Shabbat Shalom,
IMAGE: Rabbi Dov Sig
Rabbi Dov Gartenbergrdg@bnaiisrael-nm.org

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 Hotmail.com.

I wish everyone health and safety,

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

I wanted to share with friends of Panim Hadashot-New Faces that I have accepted a full time interim rabbinic pulpit position with Congregation B'nai Israel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I will begin my work at the congregation in late August. In consultation with the Panim Hadashot board of directors we have decided to suspend our programming for the time being as I transition to my new position.  

I have reached a stage in my rabbinic career where I can bring considerable rabbinic experience and wisdom to congregations going through transition.  I feel a return to the pulpit as an interim rabbi is best suited for me as I enter the final stages of a long and fulfilling rabbinic career. 

The board and I are searching for new leadership so we can continue to serve the Seattle Jewish community.  We will certainly communicate with you before the High Holidays if we find a new leader who is capable and committed to our vision. I hope you will continue to support the work of Panim Hadashot going forward.  For now, we will suspend accepting donations and will cancel monthly subscriptions. We will be in direct contact with donors and subscribers about these steps. 

Panim Hadashot-New Faces has been a labor of love. The practice of hospitality has been my signature mitzvah throughout my adult life. Panim Hadashot's focus centered on bringing people together through Shabbat hospitality.  Our goal was to offer an experience of authentic Jewish spiritual combination of rest, renewal, joy, and fellowship that comes with Shabbat hospitality.

Group singing of Sabbath and Jewish melodies has characterized home Shabbat gatherings in Jewish homes for centuries.  Panim Hadashot pioneered the combination of group singing with the beautiful accompaniment of our live musical ensemble, The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. The experience of singing together in homes has been a distinctive feature of the Shabbat hospitality practice that we fostered. 

We have also shared the dynamic musical creativity that is taking place in contemporary Jewish life. We shared this music all over Seattle and at Limmud the past two years.  Panim Hadashot enlivened nearly 100 Shabbat gatherings in homes, gathering spaces, and communities over these past three years and inspired others to start singing circles in and beyond synagogues.  I want to give credit to the wonderful musicians who I partnered with to create these spiritually powerful experiences. I especially want to thank Ari Joshua, Daniel Salka, and Chava Mirel who served as ensemble leaders for our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble.  

We have brought together hundreds of people over the past few years to share in the joy of Shabbat. I am tremendously grateful to the dozens of people who supported Panim Hadashot-New Faces with donations and with monthly subscriptions. You made it possible to bring people together and share the joy of Shabbat in powerful ways. I am especially grateful for the work of the board of directors, Nir, Hilary, Joel, and Sam with their good counsel and integrity. 

I felt it was not the right time to plan a goodbye event before I leave town in mid-August. Instead we will plan a community event in Seattle after the holidays in the fall when I return to Seattle for a visit. We will announce the event through email and our website. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at dov@panimhadashot.org.  My personal email is dovgartenberg@hotmail.com.  

Shalom and Rav Todot, 

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg's signature.

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot-New Faces 

Rabbi Richard Levy was a Rabbi's Rabbi

Rabbi Richard Levy, one of my mentors and rabbinic guides passed away on June 21, 2019. He was a remarkable man in his goodness, his wisdom, his insight, and his leadership. He was a leading Reform Rabbi who worked in the Hillel setting in Los Angeles and then went on to leadership roles in the Reform Movement.

Richard played a central role in my choosing to become a Rabbi when I met him in 1973 after my freshman year at college. He taught a class on the literature of the Holocaust. His powerful commentary and his empathy for suffering of the victims of the holocaust deeply moved me. During the class I met with him several times He was not only a great listener, but a man of great depth. He helped me through many challenges then and in subsequent years. I so admired his qualities, that I began to seriously consider the rabbinate as a future career. For me he was a Rabbi's Rabbi.

Over the decades I kept up with Richard and followed his career as a leader in the Reform Movement. I also know that Richard was a support for countless colleagues and inspired many young people to enter the rabbinate of all the denominations. But most of all, I found him to be a wise counselor and a caring heart. He was a remarkable man. We have suffered a great loss, but have been blessed by a magnificent life.

You can read more about his career here:

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

I picked up a couple in Capital Hill area of Seattle to take them to the airport. The woman saw my kippah and quickly surmised that I was a rabbi. It turns out that she was a therapist who had a unique insight into the work that I do for Panim Hadashot. She explained that she works with lots of familie, especially ones with teenagers. Many of them are Jewish. One of the big problems that she sees with so many families is teen addiction with social media. Families spend less and less time together, and when they are together many members are absorbed with their cell phones. She followed the studies about the serious problems of cell phone use and the connections to depression and loneliness among young people. Because of her awareness of the screen addiction and the decline of facetime, this therapist was passionate about recommending to her families to rediscover the Sabbath and the Sabbath meal.

The fascinating thing was, she was not Jewish. But she knew about Shabbat from friends and colleagues. She was fascinated by my focus on Shabbat hospitality and thought it might be a concrete suggestion she could offer to her clients. I told her about the Sabbath Manifesto, http://www.sabbathmanifesto.org/. The Sabbath Manifesto is a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world. For the entire way to the airport we discussed the challenges of limiting the damage of screens on young people and society.

I certainly think a Shabbat practice, especially a hospitality practice elevates connecting to people as a very important activity in our lives. If young people are taught as early as possible that the Shabbat table is a cell free zone, a foundation for interconnection to others becomes possible. I have not relied on a critique of technology to promote the beauty and joy of Shabbat hospitality, but it is certainly in the background of what Panim Hadashot is trying to do. Our goal is to connect people through hospitality, the old model of sharing meals and making people feel comfortable in a new place. In the age of distraction this practice becomes harder to do, and even less interesting than the enticements of the screen.

One of the oldest comments about hospitality in Jewish tradition refers to a reading in Genesis 18 that Abraham gave higher priority to meeting wayfarers than greeting the God. The rabbis conclude that greeting guests was greater than receiving the Divine Presence. It would seem to me that the presence of the Divine would be a 100 times more compelling than any screen. If we are to care for people more than receiving God’s presence, then how much the more so should we turn away from our screens to regard the people who sit with us at our Shabbat table. Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

Yesterday and today brought to me one interesting rider after another. It started with a rider who put his euphonium horn in my back seat. It turns out that he plays it with 35 other wind musicians of the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band. I took him to his rehearsal and learned about the world of horn and tuba players.  It turned out that he also had played with a Klezmer band. The word sedentary signifies that the band only plays sitting down as opposed to a marching band. The band gives about 12 concerts a year at various public ceremonies and events.  Sounds fun!

The next morning I picked up a passenger who was going to visit her parents in Southern Oregon.  She told me that had recently moved there from Paradise, California where she had grown up.  Fortunately, her parents were not in town when the fire came through in 2018, but dozens of people died in the fire which is now considered the worst conflagration in the history of California (so far). The family home burned down as well as most of the town.   My passenger vividly remembers seeing videos of people she knew from grade school fleeing the fire. She described the trauma of watching her hometown burn down on the television set. What a trauma? 

I wished her well and hoped that she found her parents in good spirits.

My next passenger was a visitor to Seattle who had been on a panel the night before on the topic of the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.  He was a professor at an Eastern University.  I was taking him to the airport so we had a longer time to talk. He shared with me that the rise of Artificial Intelligence has been rapid, but most people don't understand it or it's implications.  The issue that he was concerned about centered on the ability of democratic governments to limit and regulate applications of AI. He shared with me how China was using AI to create "a surveillance state". 

Because of his interest in ethics and AI, he finds himself in the midst of an historical moment when AI is emerging. Can he slow it down to allow for a full ethical deliberation for citizens and government? Can AI be deployed in a way that protects our freedoms and preserves the primacy of human relationships?  

Another passenger I picked up that morning was from Mumbai, India. When he discovered I was a Rabbi, he was surprised to discover in our conversation that there were Jews in India. In fact there are currently 5,000 Jews in Mumbai. He wanted to know more of the history of the Jews of India and I shared with him what I knew. The conversation veered into the problem of religious extremism.  I asked him whether he was an optimist or a pessimist about the future of the world.  He told me he was a realist, which meant he was a pessimist. Then I dropped him off at Microsoft. 

Driving a Lyft continues to expose me to wide range of people and personalities. My role is to be curious, to ask questions, to learn, and sometimes to comfort.  What a blessing it is to experience humanity's many hues, one person at a time.   

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

Shabbat Animators is a person who can animate a Shabbat home gathering. Enliven your home with an incredible Shabbat experience with one of our Animators.
Chava Mirel, One of 3 New Shabbat Animators offered by Panim Hadashot-New Faces

Announcing the Home Shabbat Animators Initiative: Animate Your Shabbat Gathering with Incredible Shabbat Table Leaders 

A few months ago Panim Hadashot received an Ignition Grant from the Jewish Federation called Home Shabbat Animators Initiative.  The grant provides funding for Panim Hadashot to recruit and train talented individuals who can "animate" home Shabbat gatherings with their talents and experience.  I am happy to announce that we are launching the initiative.  I would like to introduce our initial group of Shabbat Animators who are available to if you wish to host a home Shabbat gathering with any of them.  

  • Chava Mirel is one of the leading Jewish musical voices in Seattle.   Chava Mirel is a nationally touring Jewish musician, composer, prayer leader and recording artist, bridging communities with her universal approach to Jewish spirituality through song. Chava can bring to your Shabbat gathering a rich experience of Jewish music that will engage everyone in the room.  She is an inspiring teacher and well versed in Sabbath traditions.  
  • Ilan Speizer is a unique talent and educator.  He is a lover of Midrash (interpretations of the Torah) and a Musician.  He combines his musical talent with his love of music by writing original songs that interpret biblical characters. He is a scintillating teacher.  Ilan can enrich your Shabbat gathering by stimulating thought provoking discussion on themes in the Torah.  
  • Sam Perlin is a coach and athletic director and former Jewish camp director, he is a lifelong Jewish family educator.  He knows how to create "a feeling of Jewish fun".  Sam gears his Shabbat animation for families, engaging children in activities, stories and creating a uniquely joyful Shabbat experience for children and their parents.  

The ignition grant allows us to offer Shabbat Animators for no charge (although donations to Panim Hadashot are always appreciated). It is easy and a great experience to host. Of course, Rabbi Gartenberg and the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble remain available to enhance your Shabbat gathering either with music or Torah study.  Contact Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, our Director, to arrange to have a Shabbat Animator for a future Shabbat gathering.  He can be reached at dov@panimhadashot.org or 206 739-9924.  You can also check out our "hosting" recommendations on our website at: 
https://panimhadashot.org/host/

Shalom, 

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 

On behalf of Panim Hadashot, we extend our condolences to the victims of the attack on the Chabad of Poway. They were gathering at shul for the last day of Passover like many of us in our own communities. The attack in Poway was a terrorist attack inspired by anti-antisemitism and a conscious imitation of the acts of the Christchurch terrorist in New Zealand. This is a worrisome development, but also should be a wake up call to our community and our national leaders.

To quote Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL. "People of all faiths should not have to live in fear of going to their house of worship. From Charleston to Pittsburgh to Oak Creek and from Christchurch to Sri Lanka, and now Poway, we need to say "enough is enough."

Let us stand in unity with our community as we send condolences to the members of the Chabad of Poway and pray for a quick recovery of those who were injured. We mourn the death of Lori Kaye who died in the attack.

But let us not be intimidated by hate. Let us be determined to live our lives as Jews free from fear. Panim Hadashot will remain committed to encouraging Shabbat hospitality and will continue to connect people to one another.

We urge our local and national leaders not to diminish the danger posed by these extremists and to take strong action to fight this danger that threatens the Jewish and other minority communities of faith in our country.

If you can, join with Chabad Lubavitch of the Pacific Northwest in solidarity for the Jewish community of Poway, San Diego tonight at 6pm. The gathering will take place at the Eastside Torah Center, 16199 Northup Way, Bellevue.

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg