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.
Programs & Events
Tu B'Shevat Seder
Monday, January 21, 6:30 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 seder at 6:30 pm. We will experience the holiday rituals of eating fruit and nuts with close ties to the land of Israel.
Screening of the documentary, Just Eat It
Monday, January 21, 7:00 pm
Following our seder, we will watch a documentary about food waste and food rescue.