Meet Our Staff
Rabbi Sarah Tasman Tasman is the founder of the Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity which offers community classes & gatherings, and private spiritual coaching, and life cycle officiation. Rabbi Sarah specializes in leading experiential spirituality and Jewish mindfulness classes, providing opportunities for personal and professional development, and incorporating expressive modalities including writing, yoga, art and ritual. She is a faculty member at The Adas Israel Community Mikvah where she trains mikvah guides in ritual creation and recently co-led the Well Bodies Program in Embodied Judaism. She has taught Jewish mindfulness for Gratz: NEXT, Jewish Federations of North America Changemakers Fellowship, and many congregations and organizations.
She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2012. She also holds a master of Jewish Education and a certificate of non-profit management. Rabbi Sarah completed her 200 Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2014. She is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow and member of the Kenissa: Communities of Meaning network. Previously, Rabbi Sarah was the Interfaith Family/DC Director, serving the needs of interfaith couples and families throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC and has worked at Hillels at The University of Maryland, Yale and MIT. Learn more at www.tasmancenter.org or @thetasmancenter on Facebook or Instagram.
Valerie Brown began working with Rabbi Sarah at The Tasman Center as an intern in 2018. At the time, she had a day job in design and marketing with a side interest in building Jewish community. Now, thanks to mentors like Rabbi Sarah, the Jewish community has become her full time gig. Valerie recently spent a year at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, completing the Experiential Educators Program. She will continue her studies at Pardes as a member of the Day School Educator’s Program, and to complete her Masters in Jewish Education. As the Community Educator at the Tasman Center, Valerie hopes to build programming that aligns creativity and spiritual connectedness. She's also passionate about good podcasts, cat gifs, and perfecting her pizza dough recipe.