A Beautiful Observation on the ‘Virtue’ of Hospitality


“Hospitality is a bridge to all the great


virtues, but it is immediately accessible.


You don’t have to love or forgive or feel


compassion to extend hospitality. But


it’s more than an invitation. It is the


creation of a safe, inviting, trustworthy


space — an atmosphere as much as


a place. It shapes the experience to


follow. It creates the intention, the


spirit, and the boundaries for what


is possible. As creatures, it seems,


we imagine a homogeneity in other


groups that we know not to be there


in our own. But new social realities


are brought into being over time by a


quality of relationship between unlikely


combinations of people. When in doubt,


practice hospitality”




From Krista Tippett


A Preview of a Hanukkah Seder in 8 Parts

Here is a preview of our Hanukkah Seder in 8 parts which will take place on Friday, 12/15.  This was written by the chef, Emily Moore, and me in 2006.  Send me a note if you are interested in the text of the “haggadah”.  For more information and signup links for the event, CLICK HERE.
Hanukkah and History:
The Meaning of Hanukkah through Olive Oils and Artisan Breads
An Original Seder of 8 Dippings with 8 Questions
With Shabbat and Hanukkah Music and Song by the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble
 Part 1
1st Dipping: Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Pumpkin Bread
1st Question: What was the Miracle of Hanukkah?
Part 2
2nd Dipping: Greek Olive Oil with Greek Pita
2nd Question: How was Hanukkah a Cultural/Religious War?
Part 3
3rd Dipping: Burnt Almond Oil with Lavash
3rd Question: What was the Cause of the Maccabean Revolt?
Part 4
4th Dipping: Robust Olive Oil with Bitter Aftertaste with Rosemary Bread
4th Question: Why Did Some Jews Choose Martyrdom?
Part 5
5th Dipping: Canola Oil with Cardamom and Sumac and Dark Rye
5th Question: Why Did Other Jews Choose Resistance?
Part 6
6th Dipping: Chile Infused Olive Oil with Roasted Garlic Bread
6th Question: Were the Maccabees Heroes or Zealots?
Part 7
7th Dipping: Lemon Infused Olive Oil with Rose Water and Challah
7th Question: What are the Historical Lessons of Hanukkah?
Part 8
8th Dipping: Rich Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Banana Walnut Bread.
8th Question: What are the Lessons of Hanukkah for Our Time?

December 2017 Message from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

December 2017 Message from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
Let’s get ready for Hanukah which starts on Tuesday evening, December 12th.  Panim Hadashot-New Faces holds a Hanukah celebration on Friday, December 15th with a unique Hanukah Seder, Shabbat meal, and our signature Shabbat Musical Table.  Our Hanuakah Seder will feature live music from the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. The seder is in 8 brief parts, each featuring a combination of bread and olive oil blends and one illuminating text about the holiday. We will have child care and will once again offer a bountiful Shabbatluck.  Here are the Links: Shabbatluck RSVP. Childcare RSVP
We are busy planning for a great 2018 year.  I am planning on introducing some new hosting formats for our Shabbat Hospitality Program which will enable you to choose from more than 3 options including a “Shabbat Salon” format to a family Shabbat concert.  Stay tuned.
Another plan in the works is a musical Shabbat morning service following the success of our High Holiday musical services which blended traditional prayer leading with live music and participatory singing that enhanced the liturgy.
We will also be offering a new singing circle in collaboration with the Stroum Jewish Community Center starting in mid January and a collaboration with Moishe House.
There are two events outside Panim Hadashot that I strongly recommend you to consider.  The first is coming up very soon, but if you have the time and funds to go to the Community Singing Intensive with Joey Weisenberg, I cannot recommend it more enthusiastically. I will be going again.  It is a life changing four days of Jewish community singing led by a brilliant composer and teacher.  It has the qualities of a spiritual retreat, an inspiring religious service, and a mesmerizing singalong.
The other event is our first Limmud Seattle taking place on January 13-14th 2018.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to participate in unique Jewish learning experience with dozens of great teachers and the participation of people from all over the Jewish community.  I will be among the teachers participating.  Please join me and support this wonderful initiative.
Lastly, I hope you will support Panim Hadashot-New Faces  with a year end gift or an annual subscription. As you can see above, we are growing and thriving.  We want you to be a part of it!
Happy Hanukkah,
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, Convener and Director
Panim Hadashot-New Faces

Discussion of the Book, On Tyranny by Timothy Shnyder

Join us for a vigorous discussion of the book, On Tyranny by Timothy Shnyder. Does the book help us during these chaotic times?

Join us for a discussion of the book, On Tyranny, by Timothy Shnyder facilitated by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.  The book written by a distinguished American author, historian and academic specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and the Holocaust.  The book came out shortly after the election of Donald Trump and focused on the vulnerability of democratic republics to tyranny.  It is a short book with very practical advice on how to resist tyranny.  This is the book of the month for Panim Hadashot organized by the Facing the Radical Future Reading group.

Anyone who has read the book is welcome to join us for the discussion.


A MUST- A Musical Shabbat Table: A Community Event of Panim Hadashot-New Faces

Imagine a room of tables full of people, enjoying a delectable Shabbat feast punctuated with beautiful Jewish and Sabbath music played by fabulous musicians and sung by everyone. Enjoy the stories and teachings from our Rabbi, Dov Gartenberg that are interwoven with the songs and the meal. Our ensemble, the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble, will offer gorgeous and moving music which will make you want to sing and maybe dance! Enjoy great company and make new connections. We call it a tish-table for Yiddish, but it is far more than that. If you are in the mood for a spiritual, enlivening, joyful, engaging, and memorable Shabbat experience, you will not want to miss the Musical Shabbat Table-MUST. Experience the joy of Shabbat and Jewish hospitality of Panim Hadashot-New Faces.

Imagine a room of tables full of friendly and interesting people, enjoying a delectable Shabbat feast punctuated with beautiful Jewish and Sabbath music played by fabulous jazz musicians along with stories and teachings  interwoven with the music.

Our Musical Shabbat Table is an modern adaptation of the Hasidic Tish that takes place on Friday evening when the Hasidim sing in chorus in front of their Rebbe.  Our version is egalitarian, is for all ages, and features jazz musicians interpreting old Jewish songs to inspire us to sing along and storytelling and words of Torah.  We share a “Shabbatluck” feast in which we all contribute dairy, vegan, or fish dishes.  We offer supervised childcare adjacent to the main room to make it comfortable.

This is a unique Shabbat and Jewish experience comfortable whether you are culturally or religiously oriented.   If you are in the mood for a spiritual, enlivening, joyful, engaging, and memorable Shabbat experience, you will not want to miss the Musical Shabbat Table-MUST. Experience the joy of Shabbat and Jewish hospitality of Panim Hadashot-New Faces.

Food: Please rsvp to bring a vegetarian/fish/dairy/vegan/gluten free dishes to share by clicking

Supervised Play Room: We will have a special room adjoining the dining hall for children 4 to 10 with supervision. Please RSVP HERE for your child. by 11/16/17



Participation in Panim Hadashot-New Faces Initiatives Metrics from October 2016 through October 16, 2017

  1. Shabbat Hosting Partnerships: In this program we team up with hosts all around Seattle to hold Shabbat hospitality events in their homes with our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. Hosts organize a meal and invite guests and new faces. Panim Hadashot-New Faces brings a joyful Shabbat experience with music, storytelling, and conversation.

Results: During the past year we held nineteen Shabbat Hosting Partnership events in Mercer Island, Clyde Hill, Redmond, Meadowbrook, View Ridge, Kirkland, West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Ballard, Leschi, Queen Anne, Madrona, Riviera, Hawthorne Hills, Burien, and Brier. Eleven of the hosts were affiliated with synagogues. Nine of the hosts were not affiliated. Our hosts ranged from secular to Conservative Jews. Numbers Attending: 421 

  1. Panim Hadashot-New Faces Community Events: These events featured the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. They were either free or offered at low cost to the community. They included a monthly community Shabbat service starting in February, a monthly Shabbat in the park in the summer, a complete set of High Holidays services, and special holiday celebrations. Our community events were held at Works Progress in Greenwood, Carkeek Park in the summer, and the the Seattle Jewish Community School in Pinehurst during the High Holidays and Sukkot.

We had seventeen community events or services during the above-mentioned period. We started doing community events in February 2017 to complement our Shabbat Hosting Events. This enabled our hosts, guests, from the Shabbat Hospitality Partnership events to participate in a regular and open to all Friday evening service. During this time, we also developed a signature musical service and broadened our repertoire. Most important we shared our hospitable and welcoming approach.   Numbers Attending: 383

  1. Ignition Grant, Embracing New Faces Events: Panim Hadashot-New Faces was awarded a $5,000 grant in February 2016

Eleven out of twelve grant related events have taken place This grant helped us to bring the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble to seniors, persons with special needs, and other Jewish communities on the margins. Seniors: The Summit on First Hill (2), Kline-Galland Home, Aegis Living on Queen Anne, JFS Russian Seniors program. Special Needs: Alpha Supported Living Communities on the Margins or Under Resourced: Beth Shirah in Port Townsend, Beth Israel in Bellingham, the Kehilah Havurah in Woodinville, and the Secular Jewish Circle, and Moishe House in Seattle. Numbers Attending:   385

  1. Community Collaborations: These are events in which we were hired by Jewish organizations to bring our approach and music to a special occasions they organized.  

The UW Hillel, Camp Solomon Schechter, and Congregation Kol Haneshamah hired the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble to do special projects related to music, prayer, or hospitality. We anticipate this number going up in the coming year as the community becomes more familiar with us. Numbers Attending: 195

Other Metrics:

Total number of events: 49

Total numbers of attendees: 1384

Numbers of Guests Who Became Hosts: 3

Number of Hosts Unaffiliated with Synagogues: 8

Number of Israeli American Hosts: 2

Number of Hosts Requesting Repeats: 4


Capital Hill Shabbat Torah Study for the Heart and Mind

Torah Study for the Heart and Mind

Portion: Hayei Sara Genesis 23:1-25:18

The TSHM circle  explores the weekly Torah portion via traditional Jewish and modern commentaries aimed to engage the heart, challenge the mind, and stimulate the imagination.  TSHM is led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.   Our question, “How do the 5 Books of Moses yield insights that illumine our lives and times?”

Our explorations start from a love of Torah, but are also informed by a modern understanding about how the Torah has evolved and is historically conditioned.    Both beginners and experienced students of the Torah will enjoy these sessions.  Please bring a Humash (5 Books of the Pentateuch) if you have one.

We resume meeting on 11/4. We meet the first and third Shabbat afternoons of the month.  There is no charge.

Please let us know you are coming by sending an email with topic heading Hayei Sara to info@panimhadashot by Friday, Nov 3, 2017.


Jewish Hebrew Singing Circle: Shabbat Songs-CANCELLED

Come sing Original and Traditional Shabbat Songs with us.

The Jewish Hebrew Singing Circle gathers to sing Jewish and Hebrew music. Led by master musician and teacher, Ari Joshua and Rabbi Dov Gartenberg of the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble, we share a broad repertoire of liturgical, cultural, Israeli, and music from various Jewish lands and communities. We also have a growing repertoire of niggunim (wordless melodies new and old).   The idea is to have fun, to learn new music, and to sing harmonies.

At this circle we will be singing new and traditional Shabbat melodies.

The circle is open to all who love to sing regardless of faith and cultural background. Folks are welcome to drop in for single sessions, but we do recommend ongoing attendance to get the most from the singing circle.   No auditions are required.

When:    We meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 4-6pm.

Dates for upcoming sessions through the end of 2017

November 12th, (no meeting on TXG weekend)

December 10th and 24th

Where: In Greenwood at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St. Suite 202, Seattle 98103. Park in the alley south of the building opposite the rear entrance to Works Progress.

Organizer: Panim Hadashot-New Faces

Contact: Rabbi Dov Gartenberg or text/phone at 206 257-1996

The event is free, but we would appreciate donations. Single sessions $10. To join the NFSC as a regular, we recommend a donation of $50. The NFSC is free to annual subscribers to Panim Hadashot-New Faces.