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Tu BiShvat 2022

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Tu BiShvat is the Jewish Arbor Day, the Birthday of the Trees, and a day when we focus on how our actions impact the natural world.  It falls now, in the winter, before we prepare to plant our seeds, while the earth is frozen, in a time of year when we might otherwise forget how critical our care is for our natural resources, our shared planet.  

This year, we invite you to: celebrate Tu BiShvat with us!

  • A Jewish Environmental Journey (Adults)
    Sunday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m.

    Adults are invited to join Sara Losch for an interesting journey through our tradition's texts about the environment.  Come to our session with a "new fruit," a glass of wine, or a baked good made from lots of dried fruits. See our community page for the Zoom link.
  • Our Barnert Garden - Its Origin and Goals
    Monday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.

    Join Sara Losch and some of our hard working garden stewards for a quick introduction to the garden's significance to our community. See our communnity page for the Zoom link.
  • Preschool - 4th grade: 
    Click and read about Travis the Tree, and then color your own pictures on each page. Ask moms, dads, or caregivers to send us photos of your drawings. We'll hang them around the building. Third and fourth graders, TAG POINTS!
  • Check out one of the resources below, or anything else you come across.  So much is accessible right now. As we await the return of beautiful leaves, flowers and gardening, let’s remember to cherish our planet’s many blessings. 


Barnert's garden helps introduce our young people to Jewish views on feeding the poor, caring for the planet, and other mitzvot. In season, our garden provides fresh vegetables and flowers to our own community, gives our children and adults opportunities to learn about farming and gardening, and, through donations, supports our local community food banks. 

Join Sara Losch and some of our Barnert gardeners for an introduction to our garden. Monday, January 17 at 7 p.m.


The PJ Library offers a wide range of videos, books, and other resources for you and your family to learn about and celebrate Tu BiShvat.  

Plant trees through PJ Library, hold a Tu BiShvat seder, download recipes, explore books and videos, and more.   If you aren't already familiar with PJ Library, you should learn more about this fabulous resource for Jewish families, parents, and children.



Videos and Resources for Kids

When you arrive at the Bimbam page for Tu BiShvat, you'll see it's a bit out of date.  However, the page still has resources that are still relevant and timeless.  The page offers videos about the holiday, trees, recycling, Tu BiShvat seders, etc.  You and your kids will have fun exploring the videos together. 



If you aren't familiar with, you should be. is a resource provided by the Union for Reform Judaism, and is a great go-to resource for all things Jewish.  

Visit their Tu BiShvat page to learn more about the holiday and its history, and explore activities, recipes, customs, rituals, and videos.  


Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyar 5782