“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 ...continue reading "A Beautiful Observation on the ‘Virtue’ of Hospitality"
Here is a preview of our Hanukkah Seder in 8 parts which will take place on Friday, 12/15. This was written by the chef, Emily Moore, and me in 2006. Send me a note if you are interested in the text of the "haggadah". For more information and signup links ...continue reading "A Preview of a Hanukkah Seder in 8 Parts"
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 ...continue reading "Participation in Panim Hadashot-New Faces Initiatives Metrics from October 2016 through October 16, 2017"
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 ...continue reading "Build Sukkot, Not Walls-A Celebration-Protest by my Colleagues"
Sukkot is called in the liturgy "the season of our joy"-zman simchateinu. Honestly, it does not feel in the world as a season of joy. Our hearts go out to the devastated inhabitants of Puerto Rico and to the victims and their families of the horrific mass shooting in Las ...continue reading "Sukkot Message 2017"
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 ...continue reading "Please Invite Us to Your Home for Shabbat!"
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 ...continue reading "Charlottesville"
Who Will Be Serene and Who Will Be Troubled? A Rabbi and a Family Member Speaks about Mental Illness Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Adapted for Congregation Beth Shalom, Shabbat August 5, 2017 I would like to dedicate this derasha to two family members. First I dedicate my words in honor ...continue reading "Who will be Serene and Who Will be Troubled: A Rabbi and Family Member Speaks about Mental Illness"
Panim Hadashot-New Faces is a community focused on the practice of Jewish hospitality. The Jewish hospitality traditions go back to Abraham and Sarah in chapter 18 of the Book of Genesis. Abraham greets and feeds guests soon after he had circumcised himself. The Rabbis saw his readiness to welcome guests ...continue reading "What is Jewish Hospitality?"
Franz Rosenzweig, the Jewish philosopher of the early 20th century, once adopted a famous line from the ancient Roman playwright Terence: “as I am human, nothing human is alien to me.” Rosenzweig gave the challenged his Jewish reader to assert that, as a Jew, “nothing Jewish is alien to me.” ...continue reading "Nothing in the Jewish Songbook is Alien to Us"