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Celebrating Tu B'Shevat

Renee Eder on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ever take a moment to admire the beautiful trees around us? On Tu B'Shevat, or the new year for trees, we celebrate the earliest blooming trees in Israel, as they emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. On Tu B'Shevat falls on February 4 this year (or on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat).

How do we celebrate On Tu B'Shevat? Often, we mark this holiday by planting saplings and eating fruit, especially grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. On the night before Tu B'Shevat, many set a festive table with platters of dried and fresh fruit and nuts, and some embue the holiday witheven greater meaning by participating in a On Tu B'Shevat seder. At this seder, fruits, nuts, and wine or graape juice are often on the menu. Besides the seder, many families spend Tu B'Shevat planting a tree, working in a garden, eating special fruit, or doing something else to show some love for trees and the earth. Check out these great ideas for crafts and recipes on Pinterest.

Want to attend a Tu B'Shevat seder? As part of our upcoming Art of Jewish Food event, join us for a Tu B'Shevat seder, where we will enjoy Israeli wine, a light dinner, and exotic foods that celebrate the bounty of Israel. There will be a special guest presentation by Susan Barocas, founding director of the Jewish Food Experience, on the Seven Species and the Biblical Shemittah Practice. Tickets are $18/ $15 J members. View this flier for more details. We hope to celebrate with you there!

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