Tu B’shvat Resources from Israel Forever

January 2021

Source: Israel Forever 


Tu B’Shevat is a holiday about the land of Israel and our connection to the land. For those of us who do not live in Israel, Tu B’Shevat is an excellent opportunity to find ways to plant Israel at home, in our lives and hearts. In Jewish tradition, Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of Trees, is celebrated on the 15th (TU) day of the Jewish month of Shevat. This is one of the four New Years mentioned in the Mishnah. Known in Hebrew as “Chag Hailanot” (Ilan- tree), we honor this day when budding fruit enters a new year of life and the first blossoms of spring are beginning to bloom on the trees throughout Israel.

Although we can't celebrate as we normally do, during corona times, Israel Forever has some some fun and interactive things you can do with your family and/or friends to bring Israel into your home, such as painting your favorite Israeli fruit tree, or creating a seven species fabric collage. An intergenerational activity that connects you and your history, is a family tree using one of the trees of Israel’s seven species! Or you can make some micrography art. For those of you who are not so art inclined, and enjoy nature and being outside, you can plant Israel at home.

Have you heard of a Tu B'Shevat Seder? Many people have one, and it's a wonderful way to make the holiday more meaningful. Check out our holiday guide, full of great ideas, recipes, , and information about the seven species.

Happy Tu B'Shevat!

Updated: Jan. 10, 2021