Though it’s the middle of winter to us, February 3rd happens to be Tu B’shvat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees. In elementary school, this meant bringing home a scrawny little seedling and having a child in Israel plant a tree for you–now that we’re a little more grown up, the holiday can be a time to think of our relationship to nature and celebrate a Jewish holiday that doesn’t have to do with escaping persecution.
Torat Ha’Teva, Toronto’s growing Eco-Jewish community is having a Tu B’shvat seder (like a Passover seder, that means an event held around a table, consuming certain foods in a certain order, talking and learning all the way through). Come out on February 3rd, at 8:30 pm, to the MInsk Shul at 10 Andrew Street in Kensington Market, for organic fruit, a drumming circle, a little bit of kabbalah, a raffle, and a celebration of trees! The event is $10, $5 for students.
Image created by Anna Stevenson for an unrelated Tu B’shvat seder happening in New York City.