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

Join us as we celebrate the birthday of the trees with a Tu B'Shevat Seder that will surely engage all of our senses!

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].

Join TBE for the Winter Walk
Sunday, February 11, 8:30 am (registration), 9:00 am (walk begins)

Walk alongside homeless and formerly homeless participants and share a meal together while listening to stories of the Boston’s homeless community. The Winter Walk, a two mile walk through the streets of Boston that begins and ends on Copley Square, is an event raising funds and awareness towards an end to homelessness in Greater Boston. The event supports a number of service organizations that are working on homelessness prevention and support and care of Boston’s homeless population.

Participants are asked to give or fundraise $100 each (or more if you want to fundraise!).

Learn more & register: Sheri Kassirer, [email protected] or winterwalkboston.org (Join Team TBE)