Tu B’shevat,sometimes referred to as “the Jewish arbor day,” was a tithing holiday in ancient Israel and a way to count the seasons. It was never, however, without environmental impact; the Talmudic rabbis revered the trees of the land and dedicated this “birthday” for protecting fruit trees. By the medieval ages the Kabbalists added a special seder, modeled after Passover, and today advocacy has taken a strong foothold with planting and teaching about sustainability.
The DC Jewish community has several options for celebrants. Take a look below, and be sure to enjoy the fruits of this holiday! 😛 The official dates this year are from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8.
Earth Worm Disco, Celebrating Tu B’Shevat and Earth Day
Sunday, Feb. 5, 9:30 am
Temple Emanuel combines two environmental holidays, featuring music programs especially aimed towards kids.
Tu B’Shevat: Trees and Me!
Sunday, Feb. 5, 10:00 am
The Jewish Community Center of NoVa offers crafts and songs to celebrate the birth of trees.
Tu B’Shevat Family Seder and Israeli Dancing for Kids
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 pm
All-inclusive night at Ohr Kodesh!
Etz Chayim Tu B’Shevat Seder
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 pm
Jews United for Justice and Etz Chayim DC are looking locally at urban trees and sustainability in the District.
Tu B’Shevat: Rooted in Text and Reflection
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:00 pm
Sixth & I, led by Rachel Farbiarz and Jared Gottlieb, takes on the spiritual aspect of the holiday with text study and meditation.
Tree Party DC’s Tu B’shevat Celebration at the Embassy of Israel
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 pm
Fruit sampling, wine tasting, and Israeli hits by DJ!
Celebrate Tu B’Shevat Israeli Style
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm
The Jewish Community Center of NoVa offers a seder and sing-along with an Israeli twist.
Kesher Israel: Tu B’Shevat Seder
Friday, Feb. 10, 6:30 pm
Celebrate with the Georgetown synagogue.