2021 Jewish Spirituality and Creativity Events - Open to the Community. All events are currently held via Zoom.
Jewish holiday workshop-gatherings for participants looking for creative, mindful, and personalized Jewish learning and practice. Events incorporate meditation, movement, art expression, and ritual. Open to participants of all backgrounds and genders. Click here to register!
The Art of Mezuzah
February 21, 2021 2-3:30pm EST
Just like the writing of a Torah, writing the text that goes inside a mezuzah requires both masterful scribal skills and intense concentration. The commandment to mark the doorposts of our homes comes from the book of Deuteronomy, and the materials and process have remained largely the same over thousands of years. Join The Tasman Center as we partner with MyZuzah and soferet Lizzie Sivitz of Nireh Or to bring you a unique perspective and interactive teaching on this mitzvah. With registration, each participant will receive a free mezuzah scroll and case valued at $80 from MyZuzah, which aims to put a kosher, fair-trade mezuzah on the front door of every Jewish home. During the event, participants will have a chance to roll their mezuzah scroll and add a special dedication with Jewish Scribal Artist Lizzie of Nireh Or. Lizzie will share about her own scribal practice and the spirituality behind the Jewish aleph-bet, as well as the beautiful Jewish art she creates for Nireh Or.
Cycles and Seasons of the Jewish Year
Tuesdays 1-2:30pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2021 (6 sessions)
How do we find the time to pause and take stock when life moves so fast around us? How do we make time for our own spiritual and creative practice when there are so many other responsibilities competing for our time and energy? Rabbi Sarah Tasman will teach how to integrate intention and meaning into our lives through our awareness of the seasons and cycles of the calendar, including Rosh Chodesh, the Jewish ritual of blessing the new month. This is a course in experiential spirituality and will include mindfulness practices and spiritual exercises that participants will be able to use in their own lives. Class sessions will incorporate guided meditation, partner and group discussions, spiritual writing, art, and creative rituals utilizing materials from nature or that you have at home. Open to participants for all genders and all faith backgrounds, and those new to exploring Judaism. No prior experience or skills required.
March 14, April 18, and May 2, 2021 / 2-3:30pm EST
A New Moon series incorporating Seasonal Wellness, Jewish Spirituality & 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.