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I have always loved to invite new faces to our home Passover Seder. This included non Jewish friends or new acquaintances I met in the course of daily life.  I practiced this hospitality for two reasons. I found that the Seder caused astonishment among my guests, since there was nothing comparable to ...continue reading "Passover Hospitality"

  “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"

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!"

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?"