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Tu BiSh’vat

Tu BiSh’vat

What is Tu BiSh'vat?

Named for the 15th day of the month of Shevat, the festival of Tu BiSh’vat is known as the New Year of the Trees or the Trees’ Birthday. Although it’s hard to believe when you live in the United States, this time of year is the beginning of spring in the Middle East. It’s traditional to eat fruits from Israel during Tu BiSh’vat, such as figs, dates, grapes, olives and pomegranates. It’s also traditional to eat fruits you haven’t tasted in a long time (or ever) and to say the Sh’hechiyanu (a prayer for experiencing something new). In the U.S., Tu BiSh’vat is seen as a time to celebrate nature and affirm our relationship to the earth. Many participate in seders at home or in a synagogue with special focus on fruits and greens of the holiday. The day-long celebration begins at sundown on January 16, 2022 and ends at sundown on January 17, 2022.

Tu BiSh'vat Wine Tasting
Sunday, January 16 | 4:30 p.m. | Tycher Gathering Space

During this holiday of the trees join your Temple community for an educational and delicious wine tasting! Taste and learn about five unique wines while you enjoy appetizers and conversation. Register here to attend.
The wine tasting will cost $18 per person. There is a childrens Tu BiSh'vat educational activity for kids 5 and up if their parents are attending the wine tasting. 

Tu BiSh'vat Take-Home Seder
In addition to planting trees or seeds, another tradition during the holiday is to have a Tu BiSh’vat seder, which helps celebrate our relationship with nature and allows a time for reflection. Similar to the Passover seder, this one uses experiential learning, four cups of wine and special foods. Each of the four cups connects to one of the four worlds of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and represents the transition from the physical to spiritual. Click here to download a seder for you and your family to enjoy at home

Questions? Contact Erica Strauss.


Looking for a new Tu BiSh'vat tradition? Enjoy this Pignoli Cookie recipe from Tina Wasserman! Watch Tina make the cookies below.


More Ways to Celebrate the Trees' Birthday!