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Tu B'Shevat

Figs for Tu B'ShevatTu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, is Jewish Arbor Day, observed on the 15th (tu) of the month of Shevat.

The seeds of this holiday go back to the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem when Tu B’Shevat was the New Year for the Trees, the day fruit trees were counted to determine one’s contribution toward support of the Priests and Levite overseers of the Temple. After the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 C.E., Tu B’Shevat continued and was reformed by the Kabbalists of the 16th Century as a way for Jews to symbolically bind themselves to their former homeland by eating foods that could be found in Israel.. The New Year for the Trees became a celebration with a mystical bent, including an organized seder with ceremonial foods and wine to highlight the connection we have with our trees, nature, and stewardship of the earth.

 

Upcoming Events:

Tu B’shevat Seder
Tuesday, January 30,6:30 - 8:30 PM
University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
TBA will celebrate the Jewish New Year for Trees with a special seder recognizing the wonderful and diverse types of food that come from trees, as well as the important role they play in our environment. Everyone is invited! This year the celebration coincides with our Tuesday night Religious School program, so after you drop your child off for Religious School, drive over to join us for our Tu B’shevat Seder at the University Unitarian Church. This year’s seder is sponsored by our Religious Practices Committee and the Sisters of Beth Am.

Rabbi Jason R. Levine will lead us in the seder and Cantor Victor Geigner in songs as we engage in our contemporary form of this tasty, mystical experience. Together we will taste different kinds of fruit and nuts, drink four glasses of wine or grape juice, and experience the symbolic meaning each provides for us in our world.

$10 dinner: vegetarian chili, corn bread, salad, drinks, and Tu B’shevat nuts, fruits, and wine for the seder. Please bring a dessert to share. Register on ChaverWeb.

 

Tu B'shevat at Om Culture
Sunday, January 28, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Om Culture
Cost: $5 per kid at the door
Join us for another  amazing Tu B'shevat experience at Om Culture. We'll have play time, songs, tree treats, and a drum circle. Invite your friends; we have the whole space for our group! Snacks provided.

Feel free to just show up, but RSVP to TBA Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort if you can.

Tu B'Shvat Dried fruit Square

For more information about Tu B'Shevat, including history, customs and rituals, family activities, and recipes, go to ReformJudaism.org