As the sun sets tonight we will welcome Shabbat, the new moon and the month of Elul. This marks a month of spiritual reflection and preparation for the Jewish New Year. The name of the month is an acronym in Hebrew for the phrase from Song of Songs, "ani l'dodi v'dodi li" meaning "I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine." As I head to Kansas City to celebrate my cousin's wedding this weekend and think of the many anniversaries this Shabbat and this month, I want to send out blessings for love. Though the phrase is often used by couples and in wedding ceremonies, some scholars believe the phrase refers to our relationship with the Divine. How incredible to think about that. What if we saw our relationship with the spirit of the universe, with others, or even with ourselves as a one of beloveds! How might that impact how we care for others and ourselves?Sending wishes for love, connection, blessings and new beginnings. Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!
The Tasman Center offers in-person and online opportunities for those seeking meaningful, accessible, and personalized Jewish learning, community classes & gatherings, spiritual coaching and rabbinic support. Programs and events incorporate various modalities of expression and engagement with Jewish practice and creative expression, including writing, visual art, mixed-media art, meditation, yoga, poetry, rabbinic and modern texts and participant offerings. We welcome participants who are exploring Judaism, new to Jewish practice, part of an interfaith Jewish couple or family, or if you have been Jewish your whole life and are looking to deepen your practice.
Rabbi Sarah Tasman works with private clients as an educator, spiritual counselor, and coach. How do you want Judaism or spiritual practice in your life in a meaningful way? How do you want to share your spiritual practice with your partner who may be from a different faith? How do you want to deepen your practice at this time in your life? Whether you are new to Judaism as an adult, exploring an interfaith Jewish partnership, want to deepen your spiritual practice, or are looking for coaching from a Jewish lens, please be in touch.
Rabbi Sarah creates customized, authentic, personalized and meaningful Jewish ritual experiences for individuals couples and families from all different Jewish backgrounds and interfaith families. Contact Rabbi Sarah about your upcoming wedding, baby naming, or other life transition you are looking to mark.
Group learning opportunities include Shabbat gatherings, classes, holiday workshops, and seasonal retreats that incorporate Jewish spirituality and creativity, yoga and meditation. Signature courses and topics include cultivating a spiritual life, building a Jewish home, living in alignment with the Jewish calendar, and the new moon cycle.
ALIGN: A MONTHLY ART & SPIRITUALITY WORKSHOP
A New Moon series incorporating Jewish Spirituality, Seasonal Wellness & Creative Expression
- Candle lighting Ritual
- Learning and Discussion
- Meditation and/or gentle yoga (for all levels)
- Creative Writing and/or Art
- Closing Ritual
Open to all backgrounds and all genders.
Center for Mindful Living 4708 Wisconsin Ave Washington DC 20016 Second Floor
Join us for a kick off workshop in Preparation for Rosh Hashanah on Sunday September 2019, 3-5pm. Dates continues on Saturday nights October 26, November 16, December 21, January 25, March 21, April 18, May 30, and June 20.
Special combo offer available until September 3rd to sign up for a full year membership to Align+ The Elul Writing Workshop! Ticket option on Eventbrite.
Blessings for the Month of Elul!
Each month will feature original writings and intentions from Rabbi Sarah based on Jewish wisdom and the Jewish calendar, which coincide with the moon cycle and the seasons. Rosh Chodesh Elul/the new moon and beginning of the month of Elul is Friday night August 30. Each month is an opportunity for reflections, taking stock, checking in, and learning. Each month contains deep yet simple wisdom. Read more about the holidays, teachings, and intentions for the season on Rabbi Sarah's blog page called Writings.
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Through yoga, meditation, and Jewish learning, Rabbi Sarah has taught me to connect with my breath, observe my body’s changes to the seasons, and set meaningful intentions. Rabbi Sarah approaches Judaism in a way that makes her courses accessible to all, using tenants of loving kindness, spiritual renewal, and creating community. -Dani S.
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