Tradition and Culture

We are a new, experimental committee chaired by Ritch Yanowitz and Marin Greene. We are reimagining and reconsidering many of the ways we approach Jewish culture and tradition. We are working to make services more accessible (logistically and spiritually) for more people and taking innovative steps to connect BHSS congregants to Jewish practice and community.

We invite you to learn and do for Tu Bishvat

January 16-17, 2022 ~ 15 Shvat 5782
Birthday of the Trees

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 Shvat. 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.

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Marin Greene    Ritch Yanowitz