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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?"

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"

I am dismayed by the polarizing decisions made recently by the Israeli government concerning Nashot Hakotel (Women of the Wall) and on conversion.   Please read this editorial piece by Lesley Sachs of Nashot Hakotel. NYTimes: Jewish Women vs. The Jewish State I had the opportunity to hear Lesley Sachs in ...continue reading "A Time to Act: In Support of Women of the Wall"

Over the past few weeks I have been meeting with friends and with our newly formed Panim Hadashot-New Faces Advisory Board to review our mission statement. I am happy to unveil Panim Hadashot-New Faces revised mission statement. New Tagline:  Revitalizing Shabbat Hospitality Meaning Panim Hadashot-פנים חדשות  (Pah-neem Chah-dah-shote) means “new ...continue reading "Introducing the New Mission Statement for Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

Bloggers note:  I wrote this prior to going to the March for Science on April 22, 2017.  While the march is over, I believe the teaching here remains relevant in helping  to understand the relationship of Judaism to science and its deeper implications for the era of fake facts and ...continue reading "Why This Rabbi Went to the March for Science on Shabbat"

Dear Readers, I invite your comments about this synopsis, especially those who have experienced our gatherings over the past 6 months.  RDG Panim Hadashot-New Faces A Synopsis of Our Emerging Community Version 1.7 New Faces-Panim Hadashot is a new community dedicated to revitalizing the practice of Jewish Hospitality.   The Hebrew ...continue reading "A Description of an Emerging Community: Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Erev Pesah, 2017/5771 Several years ago, one of my students for conversion to Judaism was invited with her Jewish boyfriend to a Seder in the local Orthodox community. A few days prior to the festival a guest who was coming to that Seder, upon hearing that ...continue reading "Closing or Opening the Door on Passover"