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I am dismayed by the polarizing decisions made recently by the Israeli government concerning Nashot Hakotel (Women of the Wall) and on conversion.   Please read this editorial piece by Lesley Sachs of Nashot Hakotel. NYTimes: Jewish Women vs. The Jewish State I had the opportunity to hear Lesley Sachs in ...continue reading "A Time to Act: In Support of Women of the Wall"

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"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Written 16-11-10   For me the results of the presidential election were devastating. I was so concerned about the racist and Anti-Semitic undertones of the Trump campaign that I volunteered to canvas for HRC in a battleground state for a week before the election. I spent a ...continue reading "A Message to Friends of Panim Hadashot-New Faces Concerning the Election"

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"