9 Symbolic Ways to Celebrate Tu B’Shevat

January 13, 2016

Since the JScreen logo includes the beautiful tree of life, it’s fitting for us to commemorate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees.

Humans are often compared to trees, both in relation to strong roots and the responsibility to be fruitful and multiply. We also rely on trees for our daily oxygen intake, so why not embrace your inner tree-hugger and pay homage by partaking in a Tu B’Shevat activity on January 25th!

Here are 9 meaningful and creative ideas:


1. Pick fresh fruits and vegetables at a local farm.


2. Plant trees, seeds, or start an herb garden.


3. Build a birdhouse to hang in a tree.


4. Eat the seven significant species of the land of Israel: wheat, grapes, barley, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.


5. Organize a park clean-up to collect litter.


6. Make something for your home with reclaimed wood.


7. Take some time to research your own ancestry and assemble your family tree.


8. Commit to recycling paper goods. If you don’t already have one, get a separate bin and you’re all set!


9. Host a Tu B’Shevat Seder.




What other ways do you love to celebrate this special Jewish holiday?

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