JCS – Happy Birthday, Trees

February 17, 2011

Our JCS lesson a few weeks ago was on Tu B’ Shvat (New Year of the Trees).

The middle of January seems like an odd time to have a birthday party for trees…

…but if you consider that Israel is enjoying highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the mid-50s, a Jewish holiday celebrating trees in the middle of January makes more sense.

(from uscj.org)

Tu B’shvat in a “nutshell:”
• Celebrates the blooming of the first buds of the fruit trees in Israel

• In North America, Tu B’shvat has become a celebration of the environment and is an opportunity for Jews to strive to ‘go green.’

• Customs include eating fruits and nuts from Israel of the Sheva Minim (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates) and donating money to plant trees in Israel. You can observe Tu B’shvat by committing to reduce, reuse and recycle (and enjoying some dates and other fruits isn’t bad either!).

Our lesson included explaining the holiday, eating dried fruits and nuts and planting seeds (symbolic of planting  a tree).

Unfortunately, the lettuce seeds didn’t germinate… but we have a strong sunflower growing at our house.

…should be blooming in – oh – May – if it has enough room in our kitchen window to grow until then.

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3 Responses to “JCS – Happy Birthday, Trees”

  1. Susan Says:

    Did you see the story about the Alabama man who was recently arrested because he intentionally poisoned (and potentially, probably killed) the 100+year old trees on the campus of Auburn Univeristy? Sad and absolutely nuts to take a college rivalry to the point of destroying trees. Can’t imagine how horrible it would be to have the trees at Hanover deliberatly poisoned and destroyed for no point. Was stunning to see the before/after photos of HCs quad after the 1973 tornado.


  2. […] We planted seeds in our inter-faith religious school to celebrate Tu B’ Shvat. […]


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