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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"

Today, I began my Lyft shift (not a Jewish family name) at 5am.  Lyft sent me to pick up a Denise (her name has been changed to protect privacy) in North Seattle. She was going to the airport for a week long trip to Central America for work. She was ...continue reading "Tales of the Lyfter Rebbe: A Story that Will Blow Your Mind"

  The other day I attended a morning minyan at a synagogue. At the minyan I used a siddur app that was on my mobile phone. The app makes the letters large and easy to read.  I noticed as I logged on that there was an option on the menu ...continue reading "Teshuvah-Repentance? Is There an App for That"

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"

  Treat this July 4th as a day of reflection.  Instead of going to fireworks, gather with friends and discuss the "situation." Ask this question. What is happening here?   If you are alone, read one of the better books that shed light on the 'Matzav-the situation'.  Israelis are familiar with ...continue reading "Do the 4th Differently This Year by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg"

I don't know about you, but I am left in astonishment each day by the disturbing revelations about corruption and deceit in the current administration.  The unprecedented and steady stream of this news is overwhelming. I fear that over time that it dulls our moral clarity.  Over time a feeling ...continue reading "What’s at Stake"

  “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"

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"

  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"