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Welcome to The Jewish Educator, NewCAJE’s premier Journal of Jewish Education. NewCAJE is a community of Jewish educators dedicated to building a stronger Jewish community. The Fall 2020 issue is devoted to learning resources for Tu Bi-Shevat & Tisha B’Av.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2021
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.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2021
Tu B’Shvat is celebrated by eating the fruits of the land of Israel (mainly the seven species: pomegranate, olive, date, fig, grape, wheat, and barley) and learning about how to protect the Earth. Tu B’Shvat has become the unofficial “Earth Day” of Israel where ecological advancements are discussed and celebrated and there is a tradition to plant trees in Israel for Tu B’Shvat. Here is a collection of Tu B’Shvat lesson plans, interactive tools, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2021
The resources below, including the newly updated 2019 Hazon Tu B’Shvat Haggadah, offer thoughts and ideas to help you celebrate Tu B’Shvat in your home or community. The texts, questions, activities, and suggestions below can serve as guides for viewing Tu B’Shvat through fresh eyes and recontextualizing the tradition.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2020
One of the most common questions we hear from teachers is: How are other teachers using Sefaria in their classrooms? Sefaria’s Education Team has created a new group on Sefaria to help answer this very question. “Pedagogy on Sefaria: Exemplary Lesson Plans” is a public group in which we curate sample lessons that showcase innovative ways to leverage Sefaria's technology in the classroom. These lesson plans, created by experienced teachers, are a starting point for thinking about how to integrate Sefaria into your teaching.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019
The holiday of Tu Bishvat begins this year on Friday evening, February 10th. As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and the natural world, Tu Bishvat provides a great opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. This year, we were inspired by Jewish texts about the natural world. For each text, we’ve taken out a particular topic you can focus on in your classroom and provided educational technology resources that can help your students reach their learning goals. Our hope is that after using these tools and developing a stronger understanding of Earth, your students will have a more meaningful Tu Bishvat.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2017
The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat begins this year on Sunday evening, January 24, 2016. Tu B’Shvat, the New Year for Trees, marks the beginning of spring in Israel, when the winter rains start to subside and tree blossoms begin to bud. As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and natural world, Tu B’Shvat provides a yearly opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. We’ve collected engaging and educational websites and apps that can find a place in both Judaic Studies and also enhance earth and environmental sciences curriculum.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2016
Caring for the environment is an important theme in the Jewish tradition. The holiday of Tu BiSh’vat, which means the fifteenth of Sh'vat and is the date of celebration, honors nature and is often called 'the birthday of the trees.' It's a good time to encourage children to begin thinking about trees and the role they play in our environment. Together with your children, watch the Shalom Sesame videos below to learn about Tu BiSh’vat. Then try some of the discussion ideas and activities below recommended by Reform Jewish educators to further extend the lessons learned in the videos. If you wish, share your experiences and ideas in the comments sections below!
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015
Just in time for the arrival of Tu B'Shevat, the traditional arboreal New Year, the JTA has published an online feature examining the most significant players and trends in Jewish environmentalism -- and offering some hands-on advice for marking the holiday and greening Jewish communities. In this special section, JTA also announced the winners of the Green Beanies, in recognition of groundbreaking environmental initiatives awarded to organizations and institutions from all walks of Jewish communal life.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2009
In conjunction with this year’s Tu B’Shevat holiday, JTA is sponsoring a contest to find the best Jewish environmental initiatives. The first Green Beanie Awards will be handed out to 10 synagogues, schools, community centers and other Jewish institutions with “green” projects that have shown significant impact or innovative interpretation. Winners will be announced in conjunction with a special section titled “Eco Jews: Traditions and Trends in Jewish Environmentalism,” that will appear Feb. 1-11 on JTA's Web site, coinciding with Tu B’Shevat.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2009