Tu B’Shvat

On Feb. 4, 2023, at 6pm we will celebrate the Earth’s abundance with a family-friendly service accompanied by our exuberant and talented song leader, Adam Feder, who will be LIVE FROM NYC!

This is a virtual event. It is free and open to the public.

Like the trees, we too need strong and deep roots for nourishment. Attend for uplifting spiritual and social warmth in the cold winter.

To register, email events@HumanisticJews.org with the name of the event in the subject line, “TuBshvat Seder,” and your first and last name, town of residence and your favorite season. We need each season represented!

Zoom link will be provided to registrants the week of the event.

Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of Trees, falls on the fifteenth day of the month of Shvat. It originated in a pagan festival honoring Asherah, goddess of farmers and fertility. Her chief festival took place at the end of the rainy season, when the sap begins to rise in the fruit trees of Israel. – in other words, at the first signs of spring.

Tu B’Shvat represents one of the three agricultural holidays (along with Sukkot and Shavuot) that reveal the matriarchic roots of Judaism, a time before Eve was expelled from the Garden and Queen Vashti tossed out for not showing up at the King’s banquet. Tu B’Shvat originated in a pagan festival honoring Asherah, goddess of farmers and fertility.  We reflect on our stewardship of nature, gathering to share food, music and fellowship

Tu B’Shvat seder of 2022 took  place virtually on Zoom, due to the pandemic. It is even more important to gather and feed our spirits through connection even if only virtually. Guitarist Adam Feder  led the singing and the joyful service celebrating nature and reminding us of the threats to its continuity by climate change and other environmental hazards . Seder ceremonial food gift bags (includes: nuts, dried fruit, apples and more) were distributed to members who reserved them .

You can view the written 2022  Tu B’Shvat Service here.

Here is a recording of the virtual 2022 CHJ TuB’shvat Seder,

Below are photos of a live Tu B’Shvat seder pre-pandemic.

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