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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"