The Passing of Two Great Israelis
We are happy to announce our Out of the Box Panim Hadashot Home Shabbat Experiences for January-February 2019. This is a unique service of Panim Hadashot that gives you an opportunity to host a great Shabbat experience in your home or community room. Invite a group or friends, family, and ...continue reading "Our Out of the Box Home Shabbat Experiences for Prospective Shabbat Hosts, January-February 2019"
My nephew, who goes to the NYU business school, identified my idea as bootstrapping. In the world of entrepreneurship, bootstrapping refers to an entrepreneur who self-funds his start-up to help it to become sustainable. Here was my idea. I would supplement my fundraising for Panim Hadashot-New Faces by becoming a ...continue reading "My Rabbi Drives a Lyft"
I have always loved to invite new faces to our home Passover Seder. This included non Jewish friends or new acquaintances I met in the course of daily life. I practiced this hospitality for two reasons. I found that the Seder caused astonishment among my guests, since there was nothing comparable to ...continue reading "Passover Hospitality"
The racism and the anti-Semitism of the white nationalists marchers in Charlottesville must be loudly condemned and marginalized. The car ramming must be designated as a terrorist attack just like similar events perpetrated by ISIS terrorists. The President has lost credibility with his silence. We must look to other leaders ...continue reading "Charlottesville"
Bloggers note: I wrote this prior to going to the March for Science on April 22, 2017. While the march is over, I believe the teaching here remains relevant in helping to understand the relationship of Judaism to science and its deeper implications for the era of fake facts and ...continue reading "Why This Rabbi Went to the March for Science on Shabbat"
Monday, August 24, 2015/ 9 Elul, 5775 Dear friends, During the upcoming Days of Awe we will chant the haunting prayer, Unetaneh Tokef. The famous dyads of this prayer reveal the existential anxieties of our ancestors. I am writing to you about three of the dyads which have absorbed my ...continue reading "An Elul Letter from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg on Mental Illness and the Seattle Jewish Community"
In 2004 I established a new Jewish non-profit in Seattle called Panim Hadashot. In Hebrew, Panim Hadashot, means either 'new face' or 'new faces'. The expression is associated with an ancient Jewish wedding practice that is still preserved to this day in some communities. The Jewish wedding ceremony culminates in ...continue reading "The Inspiration of a New Face"