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.

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Work One on One with Rabbi Sarah

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.

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Life Cycle Rituals  & Ceremonies

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.

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Creative Community Gatherings & Events

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.

Upcoming Opportunities

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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.

Future Align sessions will now be held over Zoom video conference. All registered participants will receive the login details prior to the session.

Join us for our upcoming events on Saturday nights April 18, May 30, and June 20.

Blessings for the Month of Nissan!

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. 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.

Seasonal & Spiritual Teachings, News and Upcoming Events!

Sign up for the email newsletter. Beautiful teachings, intentions, images and special blessings will arrive in your inbox twice a month with a special message from Rabbi Sarah Tasman and information about upcoming classes and events.

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.

Rabbi Sarah's Meditation's on Soundcloud

Check out Rabbi Sarah's library of recorded guided mindful meditations to help you find a quiet moment for relaxation and reflection.

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Feeling like islands in the stream, that is what we are (social distancing)...no one in between... sail away with me to another world ... and we rely on each other.... Listening to this on repeat as I'm cooking for shabbat. Thanks for being an island in the stream in self quarentine with me @kylewhathaway #ripkennyrogers #quarentinesoundtrack #shabbatshalom

Happy Rosh Chodesh / New Moon and new month of Nissan. This is the month when we feel the transition into springtime and celebrate Passover. This year, however, everything feels different. Many of us are filled with anxiety and uncertainty, scarcity and fear around health concerns and financial (in)security. It seems hard to wrap our minds around having a joyous feast when so many of us just trying to make sure we have our basic needs met and are trying to stay healthy or care for loved ones. We will experience Passover in a new, pared down, simpler way. Rather than celebrating with traditionally large groups and large meals, we’ll be home with immediate family or alone, perhaps connecting over Zoom. We'll make do with the food we have. It will be very different this year in so many ways. Our Passover symbols and themes hold contradictions. Matza, the flat dry unleavened bread we eat at the seder meal is both the bread of affliction and the bread of freedom and redemption. The charoset, the sweet mix of nuts and fruits, is delicious yet symbolizes the mortar with which the ancient Israelite slaves built the pyramids. The sting of the marror, the bitter herbs, is combined with the sweetness of the charoset. We hold space for and embrace the duality of slavery and freedom, the sweet and bitter, the confinement and expansiveness. I believe that in every generation, the Jewish community has had to find ways of celebrating Passover in times of scarcity and uncertainty. This is not new, even if it is new for us individually. Every year we read the Torah and experience the holidays through the lens of our own lives and whatever we are going through. This year, these themes take on new meaning in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Celebrating Passover, especially in these times and circumstances, is an act of resilience and hope. We hold space for all of these emotions and feelings, all of these themes and symbols, all of these dichotomies and contradictions knowing that one day this too shall pass. With wishes for a Shabbat Shalom, peace, health, and safety. . . . #shabbatshalom #chodeshtov #newmoon #newmonth #nissan #spring #jewishcreativity #thetasmancenter

Spotted this beautiful magnolia tree on a walk in our neighborhood yesterday. Photo credit @kylewhathaway Happy first day of Spring and Happy Nowruz (Persian New Year)! I'm grateful to be able to simply get a breath of fresh air even in these trying times of avoiding going out, avoiding groups and avoiding public places. Despite my screentime overload, I'm grateful for the abundance of online and livestreamed opportunities for learning, connecting and song. Wishing a Shabbat Shalom to everyone and prayers for health, safety, security, and peace. . . . . . . #shabbatshalom #shabbat #spring #seasons #springequinox #firstdayofspring #nowruz #peace #nature #jewishmindfulness #jewishspirituality #jewishcreativity #thetasmancenter #socialdistancing

Here's what I'm reading at home this week. We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. Some of my favorite themes: Field Hockey (I played for 6 years), Witches, Boston suburbs, and 80s nostalgia (oh hi there, Emilio Estevez), among other important literally themes and topics. Glad I stocked up at the library! #Repost @nytbooks • • • • • • In her second novel, “We Ride Upon Sticks,” Quan Barry ventures into virgin territory — literally. This singular story of female sexuality, friendship, racial identity, witchcraft and transformation centers on a group of virgins who play field hockey together in Danvers, Mass., in the 1980s. "Barry writes with a sustained, manic energy that propels these former losers — at least on the field — into a championship team," writes Marcy Dermansky in the review. Click the link in the bio to read more about this flashback to the heyday of leg warmers and hair spray. | 📷Patricia Wall/The New York Times

Hat tip to @eleasimka for sharing this good advice from @sarajanecase Hope everyone is doing ok. Almost all of my colleagues are making Shabbat services and classes available online or via livestream so if you need recommendations to tune in for some spiritual sustenance let me know! @greatheartyoga in Connecticut is livestreaming yoga classes and the Center for Mindful Living in Washington DC has meditation classes online, check both their websites for info.