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  A Blog Post Rabbi Dov Gartenberg for the New Faces Blog Completed on Friday, October 28, 2016/26 Tishrei, 5777 I love the festival for Sukkot for many reasons. I love the strangeness of building a temporary structure. I love the often-amusing annual effort to procure the Sechach-the cutoff branches ...continue reading "Sukkot, Hospitality, and the Strangeness of the End of the Holidays"

The tag I will be wearing during Yom Kippur prayers   Silence on Yom Kippur This Yom Kippur I will have the rare opportunity to be a regular worshipper for the entire holy day from Kol Nidre to Ne’ilah.  Since 1978 I have been a  regular worshipper on Yom Kippur ...continue reading "In Silence on Yom Kippur"

What is Jewish Hospitality? 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 ...continue reading "Jewish Hospitality in the 21st Century"

By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 18 Ellul 5776, September 21, 2016 Dear Haverim, This is my first communication since the beginning of the summer.  We have taken the summer off to review our direction and to continue to build up the ensemble which we began at this time last year.  Let ...continue reading "A Fall 2016 Message to Friends of Panim Hadashot"

Dear Friends of Panim Hadashot-The Heart of Shabbat We wish you a Happy Hanukah filled with light.   We wanted to update you about Panim Hadashot-The Heart of Shabbat. Our focus in this early stage is to create powerful Shabbat experiences by reconsidering the way we pray and the way we ...continue reading "Panim Hadashot-The Heart of Shabbat 2015 Update"

Monday, August 24, 2015/ 9 Elul, 5775 Dear friends, During the upcoming Days of Awe we will chant the haunting prayer, Unetaneh Tokef. The famous dyads of this prayer reveal the existential anxieties of our ancestors. I am writing to you about three of the dyads which have absorbed my ...continue reading "An Elul Letter from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg on Mental Illness and the Seattle Jewish Community"

In 2004 I established a new Jewish non-profit in Seattle called Panim Hadashot. In Hebrew, Panim Hadashot, means either 'new face' or 'new faces'. The expression is associated with an ancient Jewish wedding practice that is still preserved to this day in some communities. The Jewish wedding ceremony culminates in ...continue reading "The Inspiration of a New Face"