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Each night of Hanukkah I am posing a question for discussion, Each of these questions is included in an original Hanukkah Seder I composed in collaboration with the chef, Emily Moore . We will be doing the Hanukkah Seder on Friday night, December 7, 2018 at the WeWork Center in ...continue reading "A Question for the Second Day of Hanukkah and Update on Our Fall Subscription Drive"

Today, I began my Lyft shift (not a Jewish family name) at 5am.  Lyft sent me to pick up a Denise (her name has been changed to protect privacy) in North Seattle. She was going to the airport for a week long trip to Central America for work. She was ...continue reading "Tales of the Lyfter Rebbe: A Story that Will Blow Your Mind"

As Giving Tuesday arrives, consider giving some of your Tzdekah allotment to a special Jewish non-profit that opens doors, welcomes strangers, and shares Shabbat with unique joyfulness. You have the opportunity to support and sustain Panim Hadashot-New Faces in one of two ways. The first way is by a monthly ...continue reading "Consider Panim Hadashot-New Faces on Giving Tuesday"

The atrocity at the Tree of Life Synagogue this past Shabbat shocked me to the core. It appears to have shocked many others judging from the turnout at the vigil held at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle on Monday, October 29th, 2018.  The sanctuary reached a capacity of 2000, ...continue reading "Sleeplessness in Seattle: Responding to the Events in Pittsburgh"

  We go to synagogue on Shabbat morning to hear the reading of the Torah and to be inspired by its words. We go to synagogue on Shabbat morning to share in celebration of the joyous milestones of those in our community. We go to synagogue on Shabbat morning to ...continue reading "A Shabbat Without Rest"

Introduction:  In my first blog about driving a Lyft I wrote about the tradition in Judaism of rabbis of antiquity working in trades for their livelihood. You can read it HERE. In this entry I will tell tales of some of the people I have met driving my Subaru Outback ...continue reading "The Lyfter Rebbe or My Rabbi Drives a Lyft, Part 2"

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"

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"

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"