Meet Our Staff
Rabbi Sarah Tasman is the founder and CEO of the Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity which offers in-person and online resources for those seeking meaningful, accessible, and personalized Jewish learning, community classes & gatherings, and private spiritual coaching and rabbinic support. Rabbi Sarah is a dynamic and creative educator, spiritual leader and life cycle officiant based in Washington, DC and is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow. She believes in the power of Jewish practice and learning to help us flourish and live more centered, meaningful and integrated lives. Whether she is teaching, leading or officiating, Rabbi Sarah specializes in making Judaism creative, personalized and accessible. Rabbi Sarah brings warmth, a rich knowledge of tradition and inclusivity to meet couples, families, and students wherever they are in order to create a meaningful experience.
Previously, Rabbi Sarah was the InterfaithFamily/DC founding director, serving the needs of interfaith couples and families throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. She has also served as Senior Jewish Educator at Maryland Hillel and has taught at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Adas Israel Congregation and many area 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.
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.