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Tu B'Shvat Seder

Saturday, February 1, 2020 6 Shevat 5780

12:45 PM

Special Drash 

Ladeene Freimuth, a former Deputy Director of EcoPeace Middle East, will speak about EcoPeace’s grass-roots efforts to bring together Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians to protect their shared environment as a means toward peace building.












Tu B'Shvat, the “new year of the trees” begins at sundown on February 9th and ends at sundown on February 10th.

In celebration, the Green Committee is sponsoring the kiddush lunch on February 1th followed by a Tu B'Shvat Seder at 12:45 pm.

All are welcome but please RSVP so the Green Committee can know how many people plan to attend.





In the 16th century, the Kabbalists of Tzfat in the Land of Israel created a new ritual to celebrate Tu B'Shvat. Modeled on the Passover Seder, participants read selections from the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic literature, drank 4 cups of wine, and ate fruits and nuts traditionally associated with the land of Israel. Carob (which we will serve at the TI seder) became one of the popular fruits to eat on Tu B'Shvat since it could survive the long trip from Israel to the Jewish communities of Europe.

In modern times, Tu B'Shvat has become associated with environmental issues. It is an occasion to talk about the responsible stewardship of God’s creation, and an opportunity to plant trees in Israel. We live in an era in which sustainable forestry is more widely practiced than ever before, yet deforestation continues on as a powerful driver of climate change and loss of biodiversity. Trees play important roles in some of the most challenging environmental issues of our time. They, along with healthy pastures, are major players in absorbing carbon from our oversaturated atmosphere. Incredibly, when our agriculture is focused on continuously and densely growing plants, we can sequester as much carbon as the total that we emit. In other words, “regenerative agriculture” is better than merely “sustainable” and we are in an era where sustainable is not enough.


Come to the Tu B’Shvat seder and spend some time focusing on our relationship with agriculture, kabbalah, food, trees, the land of Israel, and the wider world!


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Sun, February 23 2020 28 Shevat 5780