A New Year and New Offerings

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy. The past few months have been an intense time of transition for me - and I am sure for many of you as well. We welcomed a baby back in September just before Rosh Hashanah and Griffin is now 4 months old. I can hardly believe it. I am back from maternity leave and navigating all of the joys and challenges of being a full time new parent, a spouse, rabbi, coach, mentor and business owner. At every stage of life, we all juggle different roles and responsibilities. What matters is how we approach these changes - acknowledging the joys and challenges, asking for help when we need it, and being kinder to ourselves. If you're navigating a change or transition, and looking for more support and guidance or want to mark this time in a meaningful way, please be in touch with me about working together. I have openings for new private clients now and would love to work with you.

At our annual New Year's Day Art & Visioning Workshop this year, I shared about my intentions for mindfully transitioning into 2021. For all of the relief and excitement that 2020 is over, those feelings are tempered with the knowledge that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, political divides, racial injustice and antisemitism. 2020 brought all of these things bubbling up to the surface, and many are still feeling the trauma and exhaustion of what we've been through in the past year. I live in the Washington, DC area, and many of these things seem to permeate the air we breathe. Last week, the insurrection at the Capitol brought things to a new level I hadn't seen in my lifetime. And yet, while these things are very much present, this past year brought with it an unprecedented amount of creativity and resilience from colleagues pivoting to offer opportunities online and reimagining what community building looks like. I'm grateful the Tasman Center has been nimble enough to adapt easily and swiftly and for the support of our team, especially Valerie Brown, our Community Educator, while I was on maternity the last few months.

In the spirit of creativity and inspiration we have some amazing programs coming up this season. Join us on Sunday February 21, 2-3:30pm for a special program on the Art of the Mezuzah with guest artist and soferet (scribe) Lizzie Sivitz of Nireh Or for a program we're hosting with MyZuzah. As our houses and apartments have become our defacto work spaces and prayer spaces this year we'll have a chance to add some beauty and sacred ritual to blessing our homes in this program.

I will also be teaching an upcoming course for Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning called Cycles and Seasons of the Jewish Year. The course meets Tuesdays 1-2:30pm on March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2021. This class will combine ritual, experiential spirituality, seasonal wisdom and mindfulness practices.

Can't wait to learn with you this Winter!

Warmly,

Rabbi Sarah