Shabbat Lunch and Torah Learn with Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

Enjoy Stimulating, Engaging, and Open Minded Shabbat Torah Study every month withg Panim Hadashot-New Faces

What is unique about our Torah study?  Everyone participates by looking at a different Jewish commentary from widely different perspectives ate to illuminate different ways of reading and understanding. We welcome both beginners and experienced students of Torah to join us for our unique “Jewish slow reading” which features energetic discussion and lot’s of Ah Ha moments.

RSVP to bring a dish for Shabbat lunch (vegetarian) and the text we will be reading in depth.  Rabbi Gartenberg is glad to meet with first timers to orient them on the topics and method we study these engaging texts.

There is no charge to the study and it is open to the community.

For questions  contact Rabbi Dov directly at 206 739-9924 or dov @




Wine Stains and Blessings: Entering the Spirituality of Shabbat

Teacher: Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

There is a story about a famous rabbi who would “accidentally” spill wine at the beginning of his Shabbat dinner so his guests would feel comfortable eating in his home. Wine stains on the home Shabbat songbook are a sign that Shabbat is a beloved spiritual practice and many guests have sung from its stained pages.

Shabbat was considered by the tradition to be a gift from God to the Jewish people. Our aim is to share its treasures as a gift that creates for every participant an island of rest, reflection, intention, and joy, and connection to others.  Practically, this monthly gathering will be a source for learning how to establish a meaningful and spiritually sustainable Shabbat practice that will culminate in participants hosting a Shabbat meal with friends and family at their homes. Participants are also invited to join our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble for Shabbat home visits to other homes during the year to learn from other hosts how they make Shabbat.

This class is called Wine Stains and Blessings because it focuses us on building a spiritual Shabbat practice that is centered on making the Sabbat day special through a sacred feast, hospitality, and other spiritual practices surrounding the Sabbath day. These can include setting aside time for study, rest, singing, facetime with friends and loved ones.

Who would benefit from Wine Stains and Blessings:

  • Jews who are exploring their background or searching spiritually.
  • Persons who are considering converting to Judaism (speak to Rabbi Gartenberg)
  • Couple and Families want to build a Shabbat Practice
  • People from any background wanting to explore Jewish and Shabbat spirituality

When: Every 2nd Saturday morning of the month, 10:30 to 12:00pm.  First class, Saturday, March 10, 2018

Where: Panim Hadashot-New Faces Greenwood Offices:  115 N. 85th St. Suite 202, Seattle, 98103

Cost: Drop ins are free to check out any monthly class.  Speak to Rabbi Gartenberg if you are interested in mentored study or conversion studies which are available for this monthly class. dov @


NAMI Family Support Group

A confidential support group for adults with loved one who live with a mental illness in the Seattle area. As a loved one of a person with mental illness, you face unique challenges, such as complex family dynamics, social isolation and often unpredictable aspects of the illness. It can be overwhelming. Through the NAMI Family Support Group, you can find hope and support by connecting with others who face similar challenges. You will gain support from peers who understand your experience as well as insight into challenges and successes of others.

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Trained peer facilitators, Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and NAMI Eastside Director Michele Meaker, will lead the group.

First Wednesday of the Month
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Herzl Ner Tamid
3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island

Cost: Free

RSVP to Michele Meaker at or (425) 885-6264.

This NAMI Eastside Support Group is co-sponsored by Herzl Ner Tamid, Jewish Family Service and Panim Hadashot-New Faces.

Shabbat Singing Circle at Rabbi Gartenberg’s Table

The Shabbat Singing Circle is a wonderful gathering dedicated to learning and singing the songs of Shabbat and other beautiful Jewish melodies.

Join Rabbi Gartenberg invites you to his  home for Shabbat lunch in Redmond for a Shabbat afternoon of community singing and great hevreh.  We will be singing from the vast store house of Shabbat songs including niggunim, new compositions, and traditional favorites. The Singing Shabbat takes place every 4th Saturday afternoon and will feature guest song leaders and musicians who will share their favorite melodies.

Who is this for?

  • People who love to sing and harmonize
  • People who want to enjoy the spiritual rest of Shabbat.
  • People who want to learn more Shabbat table music and Jewish music in general
  • People who love Jewish culture and want to immerse in it through music.

Please sign up so we know to have enough food for everyone and can send you our address in Redmond. Click on the link: Shabbat Singing Circle

Please rsvp to obtain our address.

Date: 04/28/2018 (Sat.)

Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm PDT

Location: Downtown Redmond

When: 4th Shabbat afternoon of the month. 1-3:30pm

Where: Just North of downtown Redmond. Sign up to obtain Rabbi Dov’s home address.


Musical Shabbat Table Hosted by Bevin and Elyn Fritz-Waters

Would you like to meet new faces. Join the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble and our hosts, the Fritz-Waters for a beautiful Friday evening of Shabbat song.

Join the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble and our hosts, Bevin and Elyn, for a beautiful Shabbat dinner in Greenwood. Meet some new faces, sing new songs, enjoy a great Shabbat meal.  If you are interested in coming, simply write to our convener, Rabbi Dov Gartenberg at dov @ by Thursday, April 26th and he will confirm your invitation.

Community Musical Shabbat Table, Hosted by Panim Hadashot-New Faces

Imagine a room of tables full of friendly and interesting people, enjoying a delectable Shabbat feast punctuated with our singing beautiful Jewish and Sabbath music accompanied by the skilled musicianship of jazz musicians.

Imagine a room of tables full of friendly and interesting people, enjoying a delectable Shabbat feast punctuated with our singing beautiful Jewish and Sabbath music accompanied by the skilled musicianship of jazz musicians. If you are in the mood for a spiritual, enlivening, joyful, engaging, and memorable Shabbat experience, you will not want to miss the Community Musical Shabbat Table (MUST) hosted by Panim Hadashot-New Faces.

The Musical Shabbat Table is led by our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble which brings Jewish music from communities around the world. Because Rabbi Gartenberg is on vacation with his wife, board member, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, will be leading the Shabbat table rituals and will be mistress of ceremonies.

As part of this unique Shabbat experience we will enjoy a “Shabbatluck” feast in which everyone is invited to contribute a dairy, vegan, or fish dish. This will be a family friendly event with childcare provided. Please select your dish and sign up for childcare (if applicable).

Community Musical Shabbat Table hosted by Panim Hadashot-New Faces
Friday, April 20, 2018 7:15 doors open 7:30-9:30
Greenwood, 115 N. 85th St. Suite 202, Seattle 98103
Bring a Dish to the Shabbatluck, see below, Childcare Signup, and support our fund for Shabbat Musical Innovation.

Please sign up no later than Thursday, April 19th at 5pm.

What’s at Stake

I don’t know about you, but I am left in astonishment each day by the disturbing revelations about corruption and deceit in the current administration.  The unprecedented and steady stream of this news is overwhelming. I fear that over time that it dulls our moral clarity.  Over time a feeling of resignation grows like a cancer.

Every so often I read a piece that helps restore clarity and states eloquently what is at stake during these times.    I share with you a piece I read in The New York Times by Justin Gillis entitled, “Scott Pruitt’s Civilization Threatening Lie.”

Gillis states precisely the stakes of Pruitt’s Climate Change denial.

“This is not just any old white lie that Mr. Pruitt has been telling. This is a civilization-threatening lie, a lie that will kill people and destroy small nations, if not some large ones. Future generations will see him as a man guilty of a major historical crime, along with his enablers in Congress and their puppet masters in the fossil-fuel industry.

How bizarre, then, that Mr. Pruitt is now in trouble not for this epic lie, but for petty ethical violations.”

Commentary:  The insight of the piece is helping us to understand why the Pruitt’s long trail of ethical violations that are coming to light are a part of the same cloth as his climate denial. The extraordinary venality, however, can mask the potentially massive and destructive consequences of his immorality on all of us.

I became convinced from my reading in my 20s of the serious civilizational threat of climate change and have devoted time to environmental activism and teaching as part of my rabbinate. I watch with horror the smoke screens of greed and willful ignorance toward scientific inquiry and facts have derailed action in the face of the greatest threat to our children and grandchildren. But, Gillis piece, helps us to come back with the need to “resist” and do all in our power to bring an end to what will  be a costly, but temporary detour from what we need to collectively work for.

Panim Hadashot-New Faces Passover Appeal

Why do we open the door for Elijah so late on Seder night? I learned from my Talmud teacher that the tradition of opening the door for Elijah late in the Seder was not the original tradition.
Instead, the opening of the door on Pesah took place at the very beginning of the Seder, corresponding to our lifting the Matzot and saying, “Ha Lachma Anya.. This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Whoever is hungry, let him come and eat; whoever is in need, let him come and enjoy the Seder of Passover……”
The act of opening the door at the beginning of the Seder was an explicit act of hospitality, to welcome the stranger whether they were in physical or spiritual need. The text comes to teach us that the bread of Passover is meant to be shared with others.
Hospitality is at the core of the Passover Seder experience. I also believe that hospitality is at the core of the Shabbat experience. Hospitality, I believe, is at the core of Judaism.
It is the emphasis on hospitality that makes Panim Hadashot-New Faces a unique Jewish initiative. We bring people together by highlighting the practice of Shabbat hospitality. We empower, educate, and inspire Jews to become Shabbat hosts. We help Jews reclaim the tradition of sharing the Shabbat meal, singing together around a table, studying Torah, and resting in the fellowship of others. We add one missing ingredient.
Live music.
We formed a musical ensemble that specializes in playing both old and new Shabbat and Jewish folk music. The ‘Hiddush’-the innovation, was creating a musical ensemble that was dedicated to playing on Shabbat and playing our vast treasure trove of songs accumulated over 2000 years.
We call our musical group the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble.
The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble offers a special experience: The Musical Shabbat Table-MUST, a gathering that takes place in a home or community room that combines a Shabbat meal with musical interludes of singing, storytelling, and conversation. We have already done over 30 Musical Shabbat Tables all over the Seattle area.
I am writing to you to ask you to support our initiative for Shabbat renewal through soulful hospitality. You can support us in one of two ways, and if you are inspired you can do both.
A Financial Gift
You can donate a gift to Panim Hadashot to bring our MUST to homes all over Seattle. Your gift helps us absorb the costs of bringing this unique experience to dozens of households and their many guests.
Click HERE to make a secure tax-deductible gift to Panim Hadashot-New Faces.
The Gift of your Hospitality
Or you can donate your time and offer your hospitality to host a Musical Shabbat Table during 2018. You can invite your family and friends and a few new faces for a unique Shabbat experience in the home.
Click HERE to learn more about and to request to host a Musical Shabbat Table.
Thank you for advancing our initiative to revitalize Shabbat hospitality. May you have a joyful Passover.
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot
dov @ 206 739-9924

Singing Seder with the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble

This is a highly participatory and deeply spiritual Passover Seder which is filled with music and group singing and exploration of the lessons of freedom and resistance from our past.

Celebrate the first night of Passover with Panim Hadashot-New Faces in a Seder filled with song led by the  Heart of Shabbat Ensemble and the vibrant commentary of Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.  The Singing Seder is a highly participatory and deeply spiritual Passover Seder which explores of the lessons of freedom and resistance from our past and inspires us with the gift of singing together.

The Seder will be held at the University Friends Meeting Hall in the University District at 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle 98105 from 6 to 9:30pm.

We will be using Noam Zion’s A Different Night Haggadah.  The Seder will be catered by Eric Gorbman and will be Kosher for Passover.  The menu will include Salmon, a Vegetarian option, Gefilte Fish, Matza Ball Soup, Potato Kugel, Salad, and Dessert, plus all the ritual foods.

The cost for the Seder is

$50 per adult before March 19th. $55 after March 19th.

Panim Hadashot Subscribers, $40.  If you subscribe before March 19th, you can pay this rate.  Information about Annual Subscription HERE

$25 per child.

$20 for volunteers to help with  setup from 4-6pm, serving,  and cleanup from 9:30 to 10:30pm.  (5 spots)

Free childcare will be provided, but requires preregistration.

Deadline for registration:  Tuesday, March 27th.

See Registration Link Below or Click HERE to Register.  We recommend that you register early to guarantee a space.  

On the featured picture:  He won’t be there, but we’ll carry on.  Wish he could join us.

March Community Musical Shabbat Table

The Musical Shabbat Table is revives the tradition of singing at a Shabbat table. We add the beautiful music and singing of the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble for a spiritual and joyful Shabbat meal.

Join us for our signature Musical Shabbat Table, a Shabbat meal of collective song with the beautiful music of the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble and the stimulating commentary of Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.

This month we not only share our beautiful Shabbat music, but we will bring to you several great Passover melodies to enliven your Passover Seder.  Rabbi Gartenberg will lead a discussion on how to make Passover meaningful and a time to renew our commitment to freedom and the end of oppression.

This month we are making a change regarding the meal. We will ask participants to preregister (since we do not take money on Shabbat) with a $11 fee to cover our costs and also select to bring a dish to share.  Participants who can sign up to come early to setup and to stay later to break down only need to sign up for a dish.

This is a child friendly event.  There is no charge for children.   Childcare is provided by Isabelle Kim, who is an experienced babysitter.  Please preregister for the childcare at the link below.

When: Friday, March 16th, Doors Open at 6:30.  Opening Songs begin at 7pm.  Ending time: 9ish.

How Much: Voluntary donation suggested for $10 per adult. No charge for children.

Where: Greenlake at the Works Progress Coworking Site, 115 N. 85th St. Suite 202. Seattle, WA 98103.  Entry through the rear.

Where to Park:  8 spots available in the rear and nearby at the Bartells or Fred Meyer parking lot.

Public Transportation:  5 and the 45 Metro lines offer frequent service.


Preregistration for the March Community Musical Shabbat Table below or HERE