What we're about

"Doing Hospitality is Greater than Receiving the Divine Presence."

– The Babylonian Talmud, 6th century

"Why is this so? Because connection with the Divine Presence is infrequent, but connecting with the Divine Image embodied by a person can happen at any time."

– Rabbi Yehudah Loew of Prague, 16th century

The Seattle Jewish Meetup is affiliated with Panim Hadashot-New Faces

Panim Hadashot-New Faces’ seeks to renew the tradition of Shabbat Hospitality. We work to facilitate this practice, especially in the liberal and secular Jewish communities. We recognize that the modern era has caused a sharp decline in this practice for several reasons: demography of Jewish households, decline in religious observance, the isolating impact of many new technologies among the most impactful.

What we are not

Panim Hadashot-New Faces is not a synagogue. We do not function as a traditional congregation such as offering regular worship services and a religious school program. We do not have membership dues, a common feature of most synagogues.

Panim Hadashot-New Faces is also not affiliated with a specific Jewish movement. We are pluralistic in our outlook. Our Shabbat hosts come from Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Secular backgrounds.

What we are

While Panim Hadashot-New Faces is a very innovative model within the Jewish community, it does have precedent in Jewish tradition. We see ourselves as a “Gemach”. (https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-gemach/)
What is a Gemach?
The Hebrew acronym, Gemach means “gemilut chasidim (https://www.myjewishlearning.com/practices/Ethics/Caring_For_Others/Caring_for_Others_101.shtml)” (acts of loving kindness). A Gemach is a Jewish organization that focuses on supporting and spreading the practice of a particular act of loving kindness in the community. Jewish tradition views hospitality (hachnasat orchim) as one of the most praiseworthy acts of loving kindness. (Other acts of loving kindness in Jewish tradition include, visiting the sick, burying the dead, and dowering the bride among several others). Many of the people involved in our Gemach share a love for Shabbat and of Jewish traditions of hospitality. We want to see this act of loving kindness become more pervasive in our Jewish community.

Our Gemach, Panim Hadashot-New Faces promotes Shabbat hospitality with a singular passion. Our work in the community centers around encouraging people to host gatherings at their homes. We help both hosts and guests to adopt Shabbat hospitality as a “spiritual practice in their lives” by modeling the special activities that can be shared around a table such as music, song, Torah study, timely conversation, and the empathy of hospitality.

A few more things about this Meetup.

• This meetup is led informally by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and a team of musicians, vocalists, and storytellers. Our team is organized to join hosts in their homes or community rooms to bring unique Home Shabbat Experiences.

• This meetup is geared for Jews or those interested in Judaism. We welcome folks of other faiths and cultures to share in the celebration of the Jewish Sabbath combined with warm hospitality.

• We are non-denominational. We are truly pluralistic and honor the varieties of Jewish identity and expression. We do value Jewish culture especially the languages of the Jewish people such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, etc and the great musical traditions developed over many centuries.

• You can read more about our philosophy HERE (https://panimhadashot.org/philosphy/).

We love the joy and traditions of the Shabbat meal and the opportunity it affords for singing, conversation, and friendship.

For more information about Panim Hadashot-New Faces go to http://www.panimhadashot.org

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Eastside Musical Shabbat Table

WeWork Bellevue

Friday, 2/22/19, 7-9pm WeWork Lincoln Square, downtown Bellevue Our Musical Shabbat Table is an experience that brings together the most beloved traditions of the Jewish Sabbath: A festive meal, beautiful rituals, sharing with people, and singing together. The Musical Shabbat Table is free, kid friendly, and a fun event to share with family and friends regardless of background. More Info and Signup below. This is a Panim Hadashot Community Event. www.panimhadashot.org. For More Info and Signup, Go to this link: https://panimhadashot.org/event/community-shabbat-gathering-shabbat-singing-circle/

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