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Sukkot Hospitality Experience Sukkot is the festival of hospitality in Jewish tradition. Bring a small team of Panim Hadashot-New Faces to share with guests a Sukkot Hospitality Experience.  Or in case you don't have one, invite your guests to our Sukkah at WeWork Lincoln Square in the skyline in Bellevue's ...continue reading "Autumn Home Shabbat Experiences"

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?"

Our Philosophy Panim Hadashot-New Faces’ seeks to renew the tradition of Shabbat Hospitality. We work to facilitate this practice, especially in the liberal and secular Jewish communities. We recognize that the modern era has caused a sharp decline in this practice for several reasons: demography of Jewish households, decline in ...continue reading "An Introduction to Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

  The other day I attended a morning minyan at a synagogue. At the minyan I used a siddur app that was on my mobile phone. The app makes the letters large and easy to read.  I noticed as I logged on that there was an option on the menu ...continue reading "Teshuvah-Repentance? Is There an App for That"

A Preview of of Panim Hadashot Home Shabbats in the Web Launch, August 30th. Shabbat Experiences for Your Affinity Group At the end of August 2018, we are launching a new website for Panim Hadashot-New Faces. We will be introducing  "Panim Hadashot Home Shabbats" which will include an expanded list ...continue reading "Would You Share Shabbat with your Affinity Group?"

Dear Friends, I wish everyone a Rosh Hodesh Tov-a good new month. It is the month of Elul which precedes the onset of the Days of Awe (the real name for the High Holy Days).  It is a time of reflection, renewal, and repentance. May this month be a time ...continue reading "A Preview of the Panim Hadashot-New Faces Website Launch"