Trees of Reconciliation Seder for Tu B'Shvat

Trees of Reconciliation Seder for Tu B'Shvat

Wednesday, January 19 · 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location 3903 Greenmount Ave.

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Please join us for a seder both innovative and traditional to celebrate Tu B'Shvat and honor trees. We will discuss how trees feed and nurture our bodies and spirits, and speak on the roles trees play in Jewish and Palestinian cultures. We'll have singing and fruit and juice and questions, and encourage you to bring some of all of those too. Traditional Tu B'Shvat foods include almonds, dates, figs, carob and raisins. It's a veg...etarian potluck, so bring something delicious. This will be an alcohol-free event, and we ask that you respect the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli goods by not bringing food from Israel.

Tu B'Shvat is a Jewish holiday. Known as the "New Year of Trees", it has a long history. In ancient times, it was when farmers gave a portion of their fruits and nuts to the poor. In the 17th century, Jewish mystics started having services, or seders, on Tu B'Shvat, eating symbolic foods. In the 20th century, it was co-opted by the Jewish National Fund, an organization which buys land in Palestine/Israel exclusively for Jewish use, as a day to raise money. Through calling on Jews worldwide to donate and "plant a tree in Israel", the JNF has helped create an apartheid system in Israel/Palestine where Jews are able to buy land and houses while non-Jews, including indigenous Palestinians, cannot. In fact, the JNF exploits environmentalism to greenwash ethnic cleansing. After the war of 1948, the JNF bought land from villages emptied of Palestinians and planted forests and parks over them. This practice continues to this day, with the recent example of al-Arakib, a Bedouin village in the Negev desert depopulated by Israel so that the JNF could make a park.

Please join us in reclaiming this holiday as a day to celebrate trees and struggle for justice and reconciliation.