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Recently, Panim Hadashot-New Faces did one of our signature Home Shabbat Experiences in the Greenwood area. The gathering took place on Saturday evening and ended with a beautiful Havdallah. As with most of our Shabbat home gatherings that our team enhances, we encourage hosts to invite new faces. Shoshana (pictured with ...continue reading "Life Changing Hospitality: Fall Appeal to Subscribe to Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

What are Home Shabbat Experiences?  Members of the Panim Hadashot-New Faces team, led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, come to your home or community room to bring a unique Shabbat experience for you and your guests.  All you need to host is to gather together a small group of at least ...continue reading "Featured Home Shabbat Experiences, Fall 2018"

My nephew, who goes to the NYU business school, identified my idea as bootstrapping. In the world of entrepreneurship, bootstrapping refers to an entrepreneur who self-funds his start-up to help it to become sustainable. Here was my idea. I would supplement my fundraising for Panim Hadashot-New Faces by becoming a ...continue reading "My Rabbi Drives a Lyft"

By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Sunday, 10/07/18 Bereishit (Genesis) 18:1-8 – The practice of hospitality in Judaism originates with Avraham and Sarah. “God appeared to him [Avraham] in the plains of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to the tent in the heat of the day. He lifted his ...continue reading "Limmud Torah (Torah Study):  The Practice of Hospitality in Judaism. #1"

Why did I create Panim Hadashot-New Faces?  As you may know, Panim Hadashot-New Faces is dedicated to renewing the tradition of Shabbat Hospitality.  Why the emphasis on hospitality?   To be honest, my work as "Convener and Director" of Panim Hadashot-New Faces reflects two things in my life, a personality ...continue reading "A Personal Reflection on Why I Created Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

My daughter alerted me to a New York Times essay by Bari Weiss, "A Dress Rehearsal for our Deaths".  The piece was revelatory for her because she had not understood the holidays in that way. I said to myself, "My daughter is now becoming an adult."   The essay is ...continue reading "What is the Joy of Sukkot?"

I an grateful this season for the opportunity this year to take a break from leading High Holiday services. I took the opportunity to leave town to be a regular davener and to be with family members.  I went to Hazon's Rosh Hashannah retreat  in Connecticut and to Mishkan Chicago ...continue reading "An America of Hope and Fear-A Sermon by my Colleague Rabbi Ed Feinstein"

Yom Kippur comes at the end of a spiritual pilgrimage that begins at Rosh Hashanah and some say much earlier in the summer. That pilgrimage, if we choose to walk its path is about Teshuvah-about changing, turning, transforming. Teshuvah for the most part is acted out with other human beings. We ...continue reading "Walking the Spiritual Pilgrimage of This Season"

A source in the Mishnah, one of the most important rabbinic texts in Jewish tradition, sees the major Jewish festivals as times when our fate hangs in the balance. Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:2 At four times the world is judged: On Pesach, for the crops. On Shavuot, for the fruits ...continue reading "At Four Times the World is Judged-A Message for the Days of Awe"

Panim Hadashot-New Faces is not a synagogue. We do not function as a traditional congregation such as offering regular worship services and a religious school program. We do not have membership dues, a common feature of most synagogues. Panim Hadashot-New Faces is also not affiliated with a specific Jewish movement.  ...continue reading "Is Panim Hadashot-New Faces a Synagogue?"