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Shabbat Animators is a person who can animate a Shabbat home gathering. Enliven your home with an incredible Shabbat experience with one of our Animators.

Shabbat Animators is a person who can animate a Shabbat home gathering. Enliven your home with an incredible Shabbat experience with one of our Animators.

By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Sunday, 10/07/18 Bereishit (Genesis) 18:1-8 – The practice of hospitality in Judaism originates with Avraham and Sarah. “God appeared to him [Avraham] in the plains of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to the tent in the heat of the day. He lifted his ...continue reading "Limmud Torah (Torah Study):  The Practice of Hospitality in Judaism. #1"

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"

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!"

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?"

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"

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"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Sunday, December 4, 2016 The word hospitality in modern parlance is commonly understood as an industry. To study hospitality at a school today is to learn about hotel management and business practices to follow to be successful in this industry. The term has been "capitalized", referring to ...continue reading "The Origins of Jewish Hospitality"

  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"

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"