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Preparing for Shmita: A Mindful Elul Workshop

Hosted By: The Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity

Join The Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity and Hazon for a kick off workshop in preparation for the Jewish New Year. Every year, at the end of the summer, we have a special time in the Jewish calendar in the month of Elul to prepare for Rosh Hashanah.

This is a time to reflect on the year we’ve been through and set intentions for the year ahead. This coming year in the Jewish calendar is a Shmita year, which comes every seven years, as a chance for fields to lie fallow for rest and renewal in the ancient agricultural system in the land of Israel. In our modern lives, we have an opportunity to observe the Shmita cycle symbolically – as a mindful, creative, reflective spiritual practice.

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Rabbi Sarah Tasman

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 serves on the board of Shalom Learning. 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.
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The Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity

The Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity offers programs and learning experiences that combine Jewish mindfulness spirituality, creative expression and personal development. Events are open and accessible to participants from all backgrounds, all genders, and require no prior level of Jewish education or artistic ability.
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