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May 30, 2013

Here are some resources for learning more about Tu B’Shevat and Jewish environmentalism.

“To Till and to Tend: A Guide to Jewish Environmental Study and Action,” published in 1994 by the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, 443 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016-7322. Phone (212) 684-6950. An overview of Jewish environmental issues, and some essays.

Also from COEJL, “Caring for the Life-Cycle: Celebrating the Passages of Life in Environmentally Caring Ways.” A booklet on integrating environmental concerns into your simchot.

“Judaism and Ecology,” published in 1993 by Hadassah, 50 W. 58th St., New York, N.Y. 10019, and Shomrei Adamah, 50 W. 17th St., New York, N.Y. 10011. Useful study guide.

“Let the Earth Teach You Torah — A Guide to Teaching Jewish Ecological Wisdom,” published in 1992 by Shomrei Adamah, 50 W. 17th St., New York, N.Y. 10011. Part of a curriculum on Judaism and ecology for high school students and adults.

“The Green Shalom Guide,” published in 1995 by Washington Area Shomrei Adamah, 706 Erie Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912. A how-to manual for greening synagogues, Jewish schools and offices.

“Down-to-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life” (1995: William Morrow and Co.) and “Seasons of Our Joy” (1982: Beacon Press) by Arthur Waskow.

There are a number of haggadot available for Tu B’Shevat seders. For a listing of those available by mail, contact COEJL at (212) 684-6950; fax: (212) 686-1352; e-mail: coejl@aol.com. Many synagogues and temples also can provide printed materials for home seders.

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