Join us as we celebrate Tu BiSh'vat—the Jewish new year for the trees! While it may still be cold and grey in New York, growth is happening, the sap is beginning to flow in the trees, and new life will soon be sprouting beneath our feet. In a time when the effects of climate change are increasingly destructive, our tradition gives us an opportunity to bless the beauty of the natural world and to deepen our spiritual connection to the trees and plants that we depend on for so much.
CBST Tu BiSh'vat Seder
Monday, February 6, 5:00 p.m. ET | Zoom »
Guided by Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns Adam Graubart and Aliza Schwartz, we will learn the origins of the holiday and how the Tu BiSh'vat Seder came to be. Through song, kavanot (intentions), and blessings we will bring holiness to our ceremonial foods and drink. Our Seder will take place online only, via zoom.
To participate in the Seder, we invite you to bring:
- White and Red grape juice or wine—enough for four cups!
- Food(s) with an inedible outer covering and edible inside: pistachios, peanuts, pomegranate, bananas or citrus.
- Food(s) with an edible outside but inedible pit inside: dates, olives, apples, nectarines.
- Food(s) that are entirely edible: berries, figs, or grapes.
- Fragrant spices, for smelling.
Whether you have these items or not, we encourage you to join this beautiful ritual.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89383661236
Meeting ID: 893 8366 1236
Call-in: +1 646-876-9923 (New York)
Tu BiSh'vat Teaching
We invite you to watch and enjoy this special Tu BiSh'vat Teaching by Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Aliza Schwartz. Follow along with the source sheet and learn about the Jewish new year for the trees!
Interested in doing more? Our partners at T’ruah will plant two trees for justice when you donate for Tu BiSh'vat, one in a sustainable urban agriculture project in West Jerusalem and one in a Palestinian village in the West Bank, giving us the opportunity to partner in deepening the roots of justice for Israelis and Palestinians.