Dear Friend of Panim Hadashot-New Faces,
As we enter 2017, we look forward to expanding our efforts to revitalize the practice of Jewish hospitality. Why Jewish hospitality? We passionately believe that the ancient Jewish practice of hospitality in a pluralistic society is a powerful and transforming spiritual-ethical practice. In fact, during this time when pluralism and tolerance is under assault from many directions, we feel that the intentional practice of hospitality is one of the ways we make a stand for a just and inclusive society. There are many dimensions to Jewish Hospitality as we understand it. I invite you to read or comment at our New Faces Blog to participate in the conversation about the meaning and practice of Jewish Hospitality in our times.
Our programmatic focus is establishing "Shabbat Hosting Partnerships" with Jewish households in and around Seattle. What is a hosting partnership? New Faces-Panim Hadashot partners with hosts to create a beautiful home Sabbath events. We bring beautiful Jewish music with our Heart of Shabbat Ensemble and inspired conversation and timely Jewish teachings. Our hosts invite their circle of friends. Between us we invite a few new faces to share in this intimate and lovely Shabbat experience. Each Shabbat event is customized to the host partner. There is no charge in being a host partner. Please join us in revitalizing the practice of Jewish Hospitality.
This year our hope is that our calendar will fill with dozens of Shabbat events in homes and in common rooms. We believe that these events will snowball and will expose many to the joys and rewards of hospitality and sharing our bounty with "new faces." If you are interested in hosting, please contact us to set up a hosting partnership.
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, Convener