Tu B'Shevat


The "New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the fifteenth (tu) of Shevat. Scholars believe that Tu B'Shevat was originally an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. After the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.C.E. this holiday was a way for Jews to symbolically bind themselves to their former homeland by eating foods that could be found in Israel. In the seventeenth century Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu B'Shevat similar to the Passover seder.  Today, Tu B'Shevat has also become a tree planting festival in Israel, in which both Israelis and Jews around the world plant trees in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend. 

 January 30-31, 2018


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TuB'Shevat Pathways
Sunday, January 28, 8:45 am-10:45 am & 11:15 am-1:15 pm

TBE presents an exciting way to approach and celebrate Tu B'Shevat. Learn and take action with our TBE clergy, educators and layleaders as we draw on our tradition's connection to the environment.

Adult Parallel Learning​ (all TBE members are welcome to attend): 8:45-9:30 am & 11:15 am-12:00 pm
Assembly (geared toward families with children): 9:30-9:45 & 12:00-12:15 pm
Learning & Action Rotations (geared toward families with children): 9:45-10:45 am & 12:15-1:15 pm

Climate Change Policy in Israel
Gil Proaktor, PhD, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Wexner Fellow at HKS
Sunday, January 28, 12:10 pm 

Gil leads the strategic planning of greenhouse gas emissions reduction polices in Israel. Among his current responsibilities are establishing a national framework that monitors the progress towards Israel's emission and energy targets.  Learn more >

Tu B'Shevat Seder
Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 pm

Tu B’Shevat, known as the New Year for the trees, is an opportunity to consider the preciousness of our physical world and recommit ourselves to helping care for and mend it. Join fellow congregants for a brief (45 minute) Seder. We will experience the holiday rituals of eating fruit and nuts with close ties to the land of Israel. Come to learn and socialize; leave with ideas from the TBE Green Team to protect nature’s abundance.

Tu B'Shevat Cooking Class
Thursday, February 1, 9:30 am

Join Robin Kalis and fellow congregant friends as we cook with the flavors and essence of the Tu B'Shevat holiday. The class is $35 and has limited spaces available. 

RSVP to Lynn Burke, [email protected].