Tu Bishvat - The New Year of the Trees
Tu Bishvat, or the New Year of the Trees, is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the 15th (tu) of the Hebrew month of Shvat. Scholars believe that originally Tu Bishvat was an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu Bishvat that is similar to a Passover seder. Today, many Jews hold a modern version of the Tu Bishvat seder each year. The holiday also has become a tree-planting festival in Israel, in which Israelis and Jews around the world plant trees in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends.
Upcoming Tu Bishvat Happenings:
- Jewish Baby Network Tu Bishvat Concert and Fun (Featuring Toby Pechner): Sunday, January 13, 3:30 PM, OFJCC (offsite)
- A Tu Bishvat Seder with Beth Am Women, Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 PM, Beit Kehillah
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