Renewal, Growth, and Hope for the New Year of the Trees
The days are beginning to enjoy more light, even though the weather remains cold. Tu Bishvat, the new year of the trees, is a holiday that signals the coming of spring and the renewal of the cycles of growth and warmth. We begin to shift our mindset to renewal, growth, and hope as we begin a new year with new possibilities.
Join us for a Tu Bishvat seder followed by your choice of breakout sessions brought to you by our Environment and Climate Change Action Team and our Kesher Israel Committee:
Israeli Environmental Achievements and Future Directions: Israel has been at the forefront of environmental development for many years, with its sustainability programs in the Arava, the desert region south of and between the Dead Sea and the city of Eilat. Active in this realm are the nongovernmental organizations Hazon, Kibbutz Lotan (Reform movement), and the Arava Institute. Specific environmental projects and joint working groups involving Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians have propelled these organizations to the world spotlight. This session will introduce you to this expanding field of work and underscore the call from Genesis 2:15 that our supreme human task is to serve and preserve the earth.
Recycling Crash Course: For decades we've been told to recycle to help the environment, and recycling technology has improved. Have we updated our recycling habits too? In Madison, about 12.8% of what goes into recycling bins is actually trash, and about 13% of material in the Dane County landfill could be recycled. This interactive session will share current recycling best practices along with other ways to minimize our waste to help the environment.
For families with school-age children, please feel free to join the young families seder at 10:45 am for a planting project as an alternative to the breakout sessions. Register for young family seder at tbemadison.org/event/yftubishvat2022.
Register for Seder
Register to attend seder on Zoom and to sign up for a seder gift bag.
If you prefer to do your own shopping, a list is provided below so you can gather the necessary supplies to participate in the seder.
Shopping list for the seder:
Fruit of the vine: Both a dark and a light variety
A food from each of the four categories:
Fruit with a pit and a fleshy outside that can be eaten (e.g., olives, dates, apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricot, kumquat, peach)
Fruit with a protective shell and edible inner part (e.g., clementine, edamame, tree nuts, pineapple, banana, coconut, kiwifruit, walnut, almond)
Fruit that can be eaten entirely (e.g., grapes, strawberries, blackberry, figs, raspberry, cranberry)
Fruit that has both a protective shell and pits that cannot be eaten (e.g., oranges, grapefruit, lemon, lime, melons)