Traditionally, the Jewish calendar has included four new years’ celebrations. On January 20th, or 15 Shevat, we’ll be celebrating the new year for trees. This holiday is called Tu B’Shevat, literally the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, which generally falls between the end of January and mid-February, which in Israel corresponds to when many fruit trees first flower.
Today the holiday is often celebrated as a sort of Jewish “earth day,” connecting the new year for the trees to current environmental issues of our time. Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC will be hosting two Tu B’Shevat events to celebrate the birthday of the trees.
A Food Justice Tu B’Shevat Seder for Adults – January 15
How are we connected to nature today and how does it relate to our sources of food? At this event, we’ll learn more about food justice issues and food insecurity in Boulder County. Guest speaker Hayden Dansky, Executive Director of Boulder Food Rescue, will discuss these issues while we sample local fruit and preserves. Milk and Honey Farm is partnering with Hazon, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Congregation Har HaShem, and Moishe House Boulder.
Tuesday, January 15 | 7 – 8:30 pm | Boulder JCC | Register here
Tu B’Shevat Outdoor Adventure for Kids – January 17
Drop off your child to celebrate the trees – and they’ll be outside no matter the weather! Through an interactive scavenger hunt, children will learn about Tu B’Shevat, the importance of our trees, and our role in the ecosystem. We will also gather herbs from the greenhouse, brew our own tea, and sing holiday songs together.
Thursday, January 17 | 4:15 – 5:30 pm | Boulder JCC | Register here