Get Down with the Earth in time for Tu B’shevat

There may be snow and ice on the ground where some of us are, but the Jewish New Year for the Trees, which marks the beginning of spring in the land of Israel, is just around the corner-February 7.

But how does one celebrate Tu B’shevat? One could attend or hold your own a Tu B’shevat Seder, a Kabbalistic ritual based on the Pesach seder. But if you can’t get to a seder this year, such as the one at the JCC in Manhattan, there are plenty of other ways to connect with the trees and show your appreciation for the earth.

The Teva Learning Center and Yeshivat Olam Echad have a variety of resources ranging from activist groups such as COEJL (national conference February 22-24) and The Shalom Center to organizations promoting educational opportunities and adventures such as The Jewish Nature Center, Hazon, and Torah Trek.

Another great option: Make a new year’s resolution by taking a few simple steps to save our forests.

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