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Community Experiences

Panim Hadashot-New Faces hosts at least two Shabbat gatherings a month open to the community. These Shabbat gatherings are free, are centered around a shared feast (AKA potluck), and feature our unique community singing circle. Our gatherings are distinguished by our commitment to the welcoming of panim hadashot, or "new faces," to share in the joy of Shabbat.

Erev Shabbat Gatherings

Friday evenings at WeWork Lincoln Square in downtown Bellevue

Our Community Erev Shabbat Gathering (CSG) is Panim Hadashot's monthly Friday night Shabbat event. The aim of the CSG is to bring people together through Shabbat Hospitality. We gather over a shared meal and offer a community singing or learning experience which is relaxing, joyful, and spiritually enriching.

Our CSGs are free, open to the public, and kid friendly. We welcome Jews from both secular and more traditional backgrounds. We also extend an invitation to people from other faiths and cultures who would like to share in an authentic experience of the joy of the Jewish Sabbath. While are potlucks are not strictly kosher, they are always vegetarian or pareve.

The unique feature of our Community Erev Shabbat Gatherings is a Shabbat Singing Circle. In the Singing Circle we share both old and new Shabbat and Jewish songs which are brought alive by the musical accompaniment of our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. Our group singing is inclusive; we have learned that singing together brings people together in many special ways. Our singing circles differ from synagogue services since there is no set liturgy, yet many of the songs we share come out of Jewish texts and prayers. Rabbi Gartenberg and others adds insights when introducing the songs with illuminating Jewish teachings and stories. Our singing circles are accessible for non Hebrew readers and people from different traditions and outlooks. Coming regularly also helps people build a personal audio library of beautiful Jewish song to share with others. You don't need a good singing voice to enjoy the Shabbat Singing Circles. The beautiful music will carry each of us along.

Logistics

We have ample and free parking as well as full disability access. Parking instructions are at https://panimhadashot.org/our-location/. We are also a short walk from the Bellevue Transit Center. These are not drop in events, so please sign up before hand and select a food item to bring to the event.

Community Havdallah and Melaveh Malkah

Saturday evenings in Seattle's North End

Our Community Havdallah* and Melaveh Malkah* is a monthly Saturday evening gathering to usher out the Jewish Sabbath with group singing, Jewish learning, and storytelling. The time shifts each month depending on the Shabbat exit time. The Community Havdallah and Melaveh Malkah takes place in North Seattle at various venues. The aim of this gathering is to share the beauty of the ending of Shabbat traditions and to bring people together through Shabbat hospitality.

Our Community Havdallah and Melaveh Malkah is free, open to the public, and kid friendly. We welcome Jews from both secular and more traditional backgrounds. We also extend an invitation to people from other faiths and cultures who would like to share in an authentic experience of the joy of the Jewish Sabbath. While are potlucks are not strictly kosher, they are always vegetarian or pareve.

Like our Community Erev Shabbat Gatherings, this Saturday evening event features Jewish community singing with the musical accompaniment of our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. The melodies we sing, however, are different than Friday night. End of Shabbat melodies carry a more meditative quality and are spiritually powerful. Alongside the singing, Rabbi Gartenberg shares Hasidic tales and teachings to complement the singing. All this is done around a shared feast and a relaxed social setting.

Logistics

These are not drop in events, so please sign up before hand and select a food item to bring to the event. Look for email announcements or check the Panim Hadashot Calendar to see when the next Community Havdallah and Melaveh Malkah is happening.

*Havdallah: The ritual that proclaims the end of the Sabbath using wine, spices, and light.

*Melaveh Malkah means ushering out the Queen. Shabbat Hamalkah, the Sabbath Queen, is a designation for the Jewish Sabbath found originally in the Talmud. The Melaveh Malkah is a gathering that can include singing and learning that marks the end of Shabbat and extends it.