“Hospitality is a bridge to all the great
virtues, but it is immediately accessible.
You don’t have to love or forgive or feel
compassion to extend hospitality. But
it’s more than an invitation. It is the
creation of a safe, inviting, trustworthy
space — an atmosphere as much as
a place. It shapes the experience to
follow. It creates the intention, the
spirit, and the boundaries for what
is possible. As creatures, it seems,
we imagine a homogeneity in other
groups that we know not to be there
in our own. But new social realities
are brought into being over time by a
quality of relationship between unlikely
combinations of people. When in doubt,
From Krista Tippett
- Shabbat Hosting Partnerships: In this program we team up with hosts all around Seattle to hold Shabbat hospitality events in their homes with our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. Hosts organize a meal and invite guests and new faces. Panim Hadashot-New Faces brings a joyful Shabbat experience with music, storytelling, and conversation.
Results: During the past year we held nineteen Shabbat Hosting Partnership events in Mercer Island, Clyde Hill, Redmond, Meadowbrook, View Ridge, Kirkland, West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Ballard, Leschi, Queen Anne, Madrona, Riviera, Hawthorne Hills, Burien, and Brier. Eleven of the hosts were affiliated with synagogues. Nine of the hosts were not affiliated. Our hosts ranged from secular to Conservative Jews. Numbers Attending: 421
- Panim Hadashot-New Faces Community Events: These events featured the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. They were either free or offered at low cost to the community. They included a monthly community Shabbat service starting in February, a monthly Shabbat in the park in the summer, a complete set of High Holidays services, and special holiday celebrations. Our community events were held at Works Progress in Greenwood, Carkeek Park in the summer, and the the Seattle Jewish Community School in Pinehurst during the High Holidays and Sukkot.
We had seventeen community events or services during the above-mentioned period. We started doing community events in February 2017 to complement our Shabbat Hosting Events. This enabled our hosts, guests, from the Shabbat Hospitality Partnership events to participate in a regular and open to all Friday evening service. During this time, we also developed a signature musical service and broadened our repertoire. Most important we shared our hospitable and welcoming approach. Numbers Attending: 383
- Ignition Grant, Embracing New Faces Events: Panim Hadashot-New Faces was awarded a $5,000 grant in February 2016
Eleven out of twelve grant related events have taken place This grant helped us to bring the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble to seniors, persons with special needs, and other Jewish communities on the margins. Seniors: The Summit on First Hill (2), Kline-Galland Home, Aegis Living on Queen Anne, JFS Russian Seniors program. Special Needs: Alpha Supported Living Communities on the Margins or Under Resourced: Beth Shirah in Port Townsend, Beth Israel in Bellingham, the Kehilah Havurah in Woodinville, and the Secular Jewish Circle, and Moishe House in Seattle. Numbers Attending: 385
- Community Collaborations: These are events in which we were hired by Jewish organizations to bring our approach and music to a special occasions they organized.
The UW Hillel, Camp Solomon Schechter, and Congregation Kol Haneshamah hired the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble to do special projects related to music, prayer, or hospitality. We anticipate this number going up in the coming year as the community becomes more familiar with us. Numbers Attending: 195
Total number of events: 49
Total numbers of attendees: 1384
Numbers of Guests Who Became Hosts: 3
Number of Hosts Unaffiliated with Synagogues: 8
Number of Israeli American Hosts: 2
Number of Hosts Requesting Repeats: 4
From Haaretz, 10/9/17
Claiming that the president’s “anti-welcome” policies are antithetical to Jewish and American values, two dozen rabbis – men and women covered in prayer shawls – walked Monday morning from Central Park to Trump Tower, widely known as White House North. Once in front of the building, they quickly stretched out a small, symbolic sukkah and topped it with a wooden cover as required by tradition.
“Welcoming guests is an integral part of the holiday of Sukkot,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, a 1,800-member network of rabbis and cantors.
“President Trump’s executive orders and other policies break up families, turn refugees away from our shores – the very opposite of the sense of welcome that has defined our country’s history.”
CLICK HERE for the full article in Haaretz.
As the festival of Sukkot draws to a close, I wanted to highlight the way that the practice of hospitality which is central to its observance extends beyond the walls of our Sukkot. Panim Hadashot-New Faces’ mission is to revitalize Shabbat and other forms of Jewish hospitality. Our commitment to this act of lovingkindness also influences the way we regard the debate over immigration policies in the US. Jews have benefited enormously from this country’s immigration laws in the past. We also saw the calamity when immigration laws became too restrictive. As leader of Panim Hadashot, I strenuously object to the emergent policies of this administration. I hope that the festival of Sukkot will help us to renew our resistance to these policies and to support approaches that are more generous and fair minded.
As we linger in the Sukkah over Shemini Atzeret, which begins this evening, may we reflect on ways we can add our voice to the advocates of decent and more immigration policies and to those working to secure the ability of DACA recipients to remain in the US without fear. Hag Sameah,
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
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
The racism and the anti-Semitism of the white nationalists marchers in Charlottesville must be loudly condemned and marginalized. The car ramming must be designated as a terrorist attack just like similar events perpetrated by ISIS terrorists. The President has lost credibility with his silence. We must look to other leaders to speak with moral clarity.
Instead of repeating what so many have said over the past day, I am sharing the best piece I read about the terrible events in the Charlottesville. It comes from a Slate writer who lives in the community. She speaks for me and I hope everyone who reads this.