Building Community Together
Join us for our first ever Shabbat Unbound – a new way to experience Shabbat. Choose from an interactive and participatory morning service in the sanctuary with Rabbi Weinblatt, as he weaves the theme of the day throughout the service and leads discussion. Or, participate in breakout sessions to experience the theme in a way that’s just right for you.
Shal(OM) – A Mindfulness Shabbat
April 27, 9:30 AM -1:00 PM
Featuring Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Founder of the Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity, as she combines Jewish spirituality, creativity, yoga and meditation to inspire and deepen Jewish practice.
Read on to learn more, or scroll down to RSVP.
9:30 – 11:30 SHABBAT SERVICES WITH RABBI WEINBLATT
Experience the full Shabbat morning service in the Berman Sanctuary, with dialogue, discussion, and inspiration from Rabbi Weinblatt and with fellow congregants. Mindfully explore the meaning behind prayers, rituals, and why this day of worship is so important to our well-being.
10:00 – 10:15 KAVVANAH (INTENTION) WITH RABBI TASMAN AND CANTOR KAPELL
Neshama and Neshima: The Soul of Life - An introduction to the break-out sessions below. (Weinberg Assembly Area)
10:20 – 11:20 BREAK-OUT SESSIONS – Please choose one
Participants must attend the above Kavvanah in order to attend a break out session.
Shavvat Vayinafash: Experiencing Shabbat Through the Lens of Jewish Mindfulness - Led by Rabbi Sarah Tasman
In our busy day to day lives, it's now more important and beneficial than ever to pause. Shabbat gives us the opportunity to slow down and be more present in our lives. Mindfulness and meditation practices can enhance our experience of Shabbat, help lower stress levels, and improve energy and focus. The session will include a guided meditation, learning, and discussion of mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into Shabbat. All ages welcome. (Room 13). THIS SESSION HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND IS NOW CLOSED.
Drumming for the Jewish Soul - Led by Cantor Kapell THIS SESSION HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND IS NOW CLOSED.
This session will allow you to make a joyful noise in the morning, play with percussion, and set the rhythm for your day. We will find the pulse inside ourselves and the world around us. Listen to our breath - allowing Shabbat to flow over and through us. What does it mean to love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might? All ages welcome. (Weather permitting, this session will take place outdoors in nature by our beautiful creek.)
Shabbat Teen Yoga - Led by Rachel Scheck
Teens are bombarded daily with stress from school, activities, and social media. Yoga helps combat that stress by coordinating movement and breathing in order to stretch, strengthen, and just enjoy being present. When we come to our mats, we literally take a break from the rest of the day (or the week). Shabbat, the day of rest, is the perfect time to unplug and recharge ourselves. Teen Shabbat Yoga is the perfect combination of exercise, spirituality and fun. For middle and high schoolers. (Bergman Social Hall)
Please dress comfortably and modestly for yoga practice. Bring your own mats and water bottles.
11:30 – 12:00 COUNTING THE OMER AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - Led by Rabbi Tasman and Rabbi Weinblatt
We'll all gather in the Berman Sanctuary for an intention for this season of Counting the Omer and concluding service.
12:00 – 1:00 KIDDUSH LUNCH
A healthy, family-friendly lunch will be served in the Burtoff Social Hall.
For Pre-School Families: Free babysitting is available from 10:00-11:30 so that parents may enjoy services or sessions. Families can gather for Tot Shabbat-in-a-Box at 11:30 led by Yael Uhr.
Break-out sessions qualify for Shabbat attendance requirement credit.
PLEASE RSVP BELOW!
This is free for all members of our community. Guests are welcome. RSVPs are required by April 12 for sessions, lunch and babysitting so that we may plan the appropriate rooms and food. Thank you!
About Rabbi Sarah Tasman
Rabbi Sarah is the founder and CEO of the Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity which offers meaningful, accessible, and personalized Jewish learning, community classes & gatherings, and private spiritual coaching, rabbinic support and life cycle officiation. Rabbi Sarah nurtures Jewish spirituality and creativity through yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and art during retreats and Rosh Chodesh groups that she leads. She is a faculty member of the Jewish Mindfulness Center at Adas Israel and the Adas Israel Community Mikvah. Previously, Rabbi Sarah was the InterfaithFamily/DC 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 and many area synagogues and organizations. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2012. She also holds a master of Jewish Education, a certificate in non-profit management, and completed her 200 Hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2014.
This program is made possible by support for Hineini: The Campaign for Our Future, as part of our commitment to Reimagine Jewish Learning.
Look for future Shabbat Unbound dates and themes.