Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover!
Please join us for an early Shabbat Evening Service on Friday, April 19 at 5:00 pm and Shabbat Festival Morning Service on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 am.

Temple Beth El's Offices and Discovered Traditions Gift Shop will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Friday, April 26 for Passover.

Tu BiSh’vat

Tu BiSh’vat or the “New Year of the Trees” is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the 15th (tu) of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat. Scholars believe that originally Tu BiSh’vat was an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu BiSh’vat that is similar to a Passover seder. Today, many Jews hold a modern version of the Tu BiSh’vat seder each year. The holiday also has become a tree-planting festival in Israel, in which Israelis and Jews around the world plant trees in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends.

This year (5780 or 2020), Tu Bishvat begins at sundown on February 9 and continues through February 10. Temple offices are open normal hours during Tu BiSh’vat.

Please visit the URJ Tu BiSh’vat Page for more information, history, customs, and family activities to celebrate Tu Bishvat.

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