Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat 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 Bishvat was an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu Bishvat that is similar to a Passover seder. Today, many Jews hold a modern version of the Tu Bishvat 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 (5777 or 2017), Tu Bishvat begins at sundown on February 10 and continues through February 11. Temple offices are open normal hours during Tu Bishvat.

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

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  • 09/21/2017
    5:15 pm - 6:00 pm