March 2017
Panim Hadashot- New Faces
A Message from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
 Dear Friend,

"When the month of Adar arrives, we increase joy." (Ta'anit 29a, Babylonian Talmud)

Adar is the month of the festival of Purim, the unique rite of reversal of the Jewish calendar.  What does it mean to increase joy?   This is perplexing because it seems very hard to switch on and off, or to modulate and emotion up or down.  A similar perplexity arises over the classic verse in Deuteronomy, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your mind, and all your might…" Can we switch on love like this?  Is love simply a matter of will?   

I have found that the Rabbis were not believers in the power of the will to summon up an emotion, but rather they thought concretely how you engender love of God or joy through action.  In the case of our verse in Deuteronomy, the Rabbis read it this way, 'You shall do acts that cause others to love the Lord your God.' Such acts might include  providing a kindness to a mourner, support for the needy.  You actions instill hope in the other.     

It is not that you turned on an emotion, rather you intentionally do an act of goodness or kindness that affirms that God or the world is good and kind.    When we are told to increase joy in Adar, it is not to willfully switch on the joyfulness, but rather to think of actions and behaviors that increase joy in others and within ourselves.  Acts of hospitality are classic examples of what the Rabbis had in mind.  The act of sharing a meal with others  is an act that can cause joy and love.  This is especially so when the guest suffers from hunger, or endures isolation.  On Purim itself there is a custom of giving money to the poor, Matanot La'evyonim, and giving gifts of food -Mishloah Manot, not to mention the Purim Feast, a time not only for generous hospitality, but also for shpiels and satire.    

Thus there is a concrete way to fulfill the teaching about the month of Adar. To increase joy, increase your hospitality.  Invite two more people than you would normally entertain on a Shabbat.  If you know someone in your larger circle who is isolated or depressed, include them in a Shabbat meal.  Reach out to people you have never connected  with.  In this way your acts bring joy to others and also give yourself the special joy of welcoming guests. 

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, Convener  
Practicing Shabbat Hospitality
Shabbat Hosting Partnerships
Panim Hadashot-New Faces Invites You to
Become a Shabbat Hosting Partner
Create a beautiful, musical, spiritual Shabbat gathering in your home or community room in partnership with Panim Hadashot-New Faces. Become a Shabbat Hosting Partner with Panim Hadashot-New Faces . 

Hosting Partners in March 2017
Reiter Household-Sammamish Plateau
Konikow Household-Mercer Island
Perlin Household-Wedgwood Neighborhood, N Seattle

  For more information go to: 
http:// panimhadashot .org/hosting-partnerships/.
Purim with Panim Hadashot

Seattle Shabbat and Erev Purim Tish

Panim Hadashot's Monthly Community Musical Shabbat Happening with the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

6:30 Relax and get settled: Wine and Cheese
7:00-7:45 Kabbalat Shabbat
7:45- A Shabbat Dinner/Erev Purim Tish
Where: Works Progress, 115 N 85th St Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98103
Cost: Free, but you need to bring a dish.      

"In the month of Adar, increase joy."

Join us on Friday March 10, 2017 for our Seattle Shabbat Tish, an evening of Shabbat celebration with lots of music, singing, great food, storytelling, conversation, and new faces. There is nothing like a Shabbat Tish.  Tish (meaning table in Yiddish)  is a meal accompanied by live music and singing. 

Our shared feast will be: Fish/Vegetarian:  Each Household is asked to bring one of two dishes.  An entrée for 6, a side/salad for 6, or a dessert for 6.  If you don't have time to cook, contact us by texting 206 739-9924 or email  and we will give you something  easier to bring. Panim Hadashot will provide drinks including wine, and challot. 

Please let us know you are coming by sending an email to 
A Simple Megillah Reading
Saturday Eve, March 11th
Location: Location to be Announced on March 6th. 
Look for an email prior to Purim.
Free and Open to the Public.
Followed by Discussion: Reflection on Purim During the Time of Trump by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.The Megillah will be read in both Hebrew and English.  No RSVP necessary.
Ongoing Activities
A New Approach to Traditional Jewish Prayer
Saturday mornings, March 3 and 18th
with Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and Songleader, Rebekka Goldsmith
Joey Weisenberg Leading Community Singing

Shabbat Lab is an experiment in Jewish prayer.   We explore the traditional Jewish prayers with song and commentary. Each week we focus on two or three selections from the Shabbat Morning Service.  We meet twice a month  and bit by bit, a beautiful Shabbat morning service will emerge with dynamic  singing, challenging learning,  and a sense of community. As with everything Panim Hadashot does, we welcome new faces to join us at Shabbat Lab. It is free and open to the public.  The teachers are Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and Rebekka Goldsmith. 

10:30-12:00pm followed by Kiddush lunch.                                                      

Location: Works Progress Space | 115 N 85th St.#202,  | Seattle, WA 9810.  Free and ample parking is available near the location. 

Jewish Short Story Circle
The Jewish Short Story Circle Continues on Sunday evening, March 5th at 7pm at a home in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood with the story, Gilgul on Park Avenue by Nathan Englander. The circle is facilitated by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg in memory of his father, Allan Gartenberg, who was a short story teacher. We can accommodate new participants, but please contact us at to get the address and a link to the story. 
Hesed-Support for Persons Caring
for a Loved One Living with a Mental Illness.
JFS-NAMI Family Support Group
First Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm
JFS Facility in Seattle
Rabbi Gartenberg is a mental health advocate and peer facilitator supporting family members who are caring for a loved one living with a mental illness. Jewish cultural sensitivities around mental illness are addressed.  The support group is free.  Panim Hadashot-New Faces is a cosponsor of this program.  An RSVP is required to attend. See the link for contact information.  

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High Holiday Services.
Fall 2017
N ew Faces-Panim Hadashot will offer High Holiday services in the fall of 2017.  The dates for the Holidays are
Wed Eve-Friday, Sept. 20-22: Rosh Hashannah
Fri Eve-Sat September 29-30: Yom Kippur
At this very early stage of our planning, we know that we will offer musical services led by our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. Services will include teaching and commentary by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and a wide range of musical offerings prepared by our Music Director, Ari Joshua. We will announce a location in June. 

1st Night Community Passover Seder with The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble at UW Hillel. 
Monday, April 10, 2017, 6pm. Information will come out in a special announcement after March 6, 2017. 
A Collaboration of UW Hillel and Panim Hadashot-New Faces

In Appreciation to Our Volunteers and Hosts
  • Rav Todot to Liz and Lorne Richmond for hosting a Shabbat on February 24th
  • Rav Todot to Works Progress for being so great to work with on our new events in their location.
  • Rav Todot to Shirah Bell for hosting the Short Story circle.
  • Rav Todot to Rebekka Goldsmith for her collaboration with Rabbi Gartenberg on the Shabbat Lab. 

Panim Hadashot-New Faces   |  Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, Convener
Ari Joshua, Music Director
Mailing Address and Office:  Panim Hadashot-New Faces | 115 N. 85th Ave. | Seattle, WA 98103 in the Greenwood Neighbood in North Seattle  
Mobile and Text: 206 739-9924 
Email: dov at panimhadashot dot org