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Brought to you by Congregation B’Nai Israel and Rabbi Dov’s Jewish Music Artists’  Fund Chava Mirel Wednesday, June 3rd, 7 PM Virtual Jewish “Singing Circle”: Chava uses song and meditative silence to inspire and reduce stress. Friday, June 12th , 6 - 7 PM, Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat: Welcome shabbat with ...continue reading "Virtual Services and Concerts with Great Jewish Musical Artists, June 2020"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg With the Governor’s 1st phase reopening guidelines, it is possible for Houses of Worship to gather at 25% capacity. At the time of this writing, the CBI leadership is deliberating on what makes sense for our congregation.  I have recommended a cautious approach to gathering physically. While ...continue reading "Trying to Return to Reading the Torah: A Thought Experiment"

I wanted to share with friends of Panim Hadashot-New Faces that I have accepted a full time interim rabbinic pulpit position with Congregation B'nai Israel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I will begin my work at the congregation in late August. In consultation with the Panim Hadashot board of directors we ...continue reading "An Important Announcement from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg"

I picked up a couple in Capital Hill area of Seattle to take them to the airport. The woman saw my kippah and quickly surmised that I was a rabbi. It turns out that she was a therapist who had a unique insight into the work that I do for ...continue reading "Tales of the Lyfter Rebbe, 5/22/19 Distractions"

The news of the massacre at a Mosque in New Zealand is another reminder of the destructive virus of acts of hatred and violence that shatter our world. The painful echoes of Charleston and Pittsburgh are heard again. As an organization that brings people through hospitality, we are especially pained ...continue reading "Our Hearts are Breaking"

From Israel to SE Alaska I picked up a young man named Joel in the University District who was loaded with gear. As it turned out he was on his way to Southeast Alaska to work as a counselor on a wilderness program for troubled teens. The teens, he told ...continue reading "Tales of the Lyfter Rebbe, Monday, Feb 25, 2019"

A key part of our Home Shabbat Experience that Panim Hadashot offers is the presence of a 'Shabbat Animator'.  A Shabbat Animator "animates"-brings alive the experience of Shabbat at home.  Rabbi Dov Gartenberg is our lead Shabbat Animator. He has a mastery of Shabbat table music and folksongs. As a ...continue reading "What is a Shabbat Animator?"