Laws Of Mourning

Tisha B’Av marks the culmination of a three-week mourning period that begins on the fast of the 17th day of Tamuz—when Jerusalem’s walls were breached by Rome—and intensifies during the final nine days. During the three weeks, marriages are not held and observant Jews refrain from listening to music, dancing, pleasure trips, hair cutting, shaving… Read More

Find Out More

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,… Read More

How To Make A Simple Tu B’Shevat Seder

Winter is a funny time to celebrate Tu B’shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day. Bare branches still silhouette the sky; white obscures green, and the earth seems to shiver instead of blossom. In Israel, of course, the rainy season has passed and the first buds begin to appear around Tu B’shevat, the fifteenth of the Hebrew… Read More

Tu B’Shevat Resource List

The Never-Ending Greenness – Woldman, Neil Something Different – Konigsberg, Rachael Ha-etz Ha-nadiv (The Giving Tree) – in Hebrew VIDEO Trees for Tomorrow and Tomorrow VIDEO Grandpa’s Tree List of Jewish Holiday Resources Available at the Aaron H. Leibtag Resource Center of the Center for Jewish Education 5800 Park Heights Avenue (410) 578-6943

Did You Know?

Amazing environmental facts How long do you think it takes paper to decompose? 2-5 months Orange peel? 6 months Plastic bag? 10-20 years Shoes? 24-40 years

Make A Mitzvah Tree And Other Family Activities

Plant Parsley on Tu B’Shevat to use on Pesach Make a terrarium Host a fruit salad party. All guests are invited to bring a different kind of fruit. Put together all of your resources and you have a beautiful, colorful, delicious creation which all can enjoy! Create new ways of using leftover containers to make… Read More

Heaven And Earth: A renewed commitment to God and the land

After creating the first human beings, God led them around the Garden of Eden and said: “Look at My works! See how beautiful they are, how excellent! For your sake, I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil or destroy My world — for if you do, there will be no… Read More

Get Nutty And Fruity On Tu B’Shevat

At Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the trees, people eat fruit and nuts saved from Sukkot, the harvest season. These fruits also are often used for Purim pastries as well as haroset at Passover. Trees and crops are judged and blessed for a “fruitful” year. Some synagogues offer small packages of dried fruits and… Read More

Tu B’Shevat Tips

Put reminder signs up at every light switch: “Last one out…turn off the light!” You can save nine gallons of water every time you brush your teeth by turning off the faucet while brushing. Clean water is a vanishing precious resource. The average American consumes over one million gallons of water each year. Change some… Read More

A New Beginning: Simchat Torah

It’s time to march, cheer, act a little crazy, jump up and down—and it has nothing to do with sports. Simchat Torah marks our completion of the reading of the Torah, and this is indeed cause for celebration. So get ready for a night of singing and dancing. Please accept this invitation to the big… Read More