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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"

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"

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"

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"

Panim Hadashot-New Faces is not a synagogue. We do not function as a traditional congregation such as offering regular worship services and a religious school program. We do not have membership dues, a common feature of most synagogues. Panim Hadashot-New Faces is also not affiliated with a specific Jewish movement.  ...continue reading "Is Panim Hadashot-New Faces a Synagogue?"

Our Philosophy Panim Hadashot-New Faces’ seeks to renew the tradition of Shabbat Hospitality. We work to facilitate this practice, especially in the liberal and secular Jewish communities. We recognize that the modern era has caused a sharp decline in this practice for several reasons: demography of Jewish households, decline in ...continue reading "An Introduction to Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

A Preview of of Panim Hadashot Home Shabbats in the Web Launch, August 30th. Shabbat Experiences for Your Affinity Group At the end of August 2018, we are launching a new website for Panim Hadashot-New Faces. We will be introducing  "Panim Hadashot Home Shabbats" which will include an expanded list ...continue reading "Would You Share Shabbat with your Affinity Group?"

Dear Friends, I wish everyone a Rosh Hodesh Tov-a good new month. It is the month of Elul which precedes the onset of the Days of Awe (the real name for the High Holy Days).  It is a time of reflection, renewal, and repentance. May this month be a time ...continue reading "A Preview of the Panim Hadashot-New Faces Website Launch"

Dear Friends of Panim Hadashot, After much consideration and a full discussion with the Panim Hadashot-New Faces Board, I have decided as Director to not hold High Holiday services this year.  While I felt that the services we offered last year were spiritually meaningful and beautiful, the amount of work ...continue reading "High Holidayless in Seattle: A Message from Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

Why do we open the door for Elijah so late on Seder night? I learned from my Talmud teacher that the tradition of opening the door for Elijah late in the Seder was not the original tradition. Instead, the opening of the door on Pesah took place at the very beginning of ...continue reading "Panim Hadashot-New Faces Passover Appeal"