Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees, symbolizes the importance of the environment and the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Throughout Jewish history, it has evolved from a holiday of the ancient farmers and the medieval mystics to one of the pioneering Zionists and the modern environmentalists, celebrated by Jewish communities around the world by eating dried fruit from the Land of Israel. KKL-JNF adopted Tu B’Shvat as its flagship holiday, a day for planting trees in Israel and running educational programs affirming the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland in modern times. 

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Tu Bishvat Activity Kits

Tu Bishvat Activity Kits

Created by KKL-JNF for their flagship holiday, the following resources aim to strengthen participants’ connection with the land and ecology of Israel through videos, songs, and more.  The Overseas Education

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A Tu B’Shvat Crash Course

A Tu B’Shvat Crash Course

Produced by Aleph Beta Academy, this animated video (05:13) explains the technical calculations, halachic implications and spiritual significance of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, which marks the beginning of the

Tu B’Shvat in Jewish Tradition & Ritual

Tu B’Shvat in Jewish Tradition & Ritual

From KKL-JNF,an organization dedicated to the development of the Land of Israel and the strengthening between the Jewish people and the land,this thorough article explores the biblical origins, spiritual significance, and

The Spiritual Message of Tu B’Shvat

The Spiritual Message of Tu B’Shvat

In this video (03:53) from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Yael Eckstein discusses why the Jewish New Year of the Trees is celebrated in the middle of winter,

Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating the Spiritual & the Environmental

Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating the Spiritual & the Environmental

In this informative video (03:36), Jewish naturalist, Deborah Newbrun introduces Tu B’Shvat as a Jewish holiday that celebrates our spirital and natural roots through ancient mystical rituals and modern environmental

The Evolution & Customs of Tu B’Shvat

The Evolution & Customs of Tu B’Shvat

This article from My Jewish Learning traces the evolution of the holiday of Tu B’Shvat, beginning with its halachic roots in Temple times through the different ways in which it was

An Introduction to Tu B’Shvat, the “Birthday of the Trees”

An Introduction to Tu B’Shvat, the “Birthday of the Trees”

Produced by My Jewish Learning, this short video (01:09) introduces the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, also known as the birthday of the fruit trees. It provides a brief survey

The Custom of Eating Fruits on Tu B’Shvat

The Custom of Eating Fruits on Tu B’Shvat

This article from My Jewish Learning explores the variety of beliefs and customs surrounding fruit celebrated by Jewish communities around the world on Tu B’Shvat throughout history, from the mystical Seders of

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Nina Simone: Eretz Zavat Chalav u’Dvash

Nina Simone: Eretz Zavat Chalav u’Dvash

This audio recording presents American singer Nina Simone performing the Israeli folk song “Eretz Zavat Chalav u’Dvash” (The Land Flowing with Milk and Honey), composed by Eliyahu Gamliel. The lyrics,

Debbie Friedman: The Tu B’Shvat Song

Debbie Friedman: The Tu B’Shvat Song

Composed by beloved Jewish American singer-songwriter, Debbie Friedman, The Tu B’Shvat Song celebrates the beauty of trees and the importance of planting them. 

Hashkediyah Porachat: An Israeli Tu B’Shvat Song

Hashkediyah Porachat: An Israeli Tu B’Shvat Song

This animated video accompanies one of the most classic Israeli folk songs for Tu B’Shvat, “Hashkediya Porachat.” Literally, “The Almond Tree is Blooming,” this catchy, upbeat song describes how the

Shir Soul: Get Out and Plant A Tree

Shir Soul: Get Out and Plant A Tree

By Shir Soul, a Jewish a cappella group based in New York, this song encourages listeners to plant trees in Israel in celebration of the holiday of Tu B’Shvat. 

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A Talmudic Tu B’Shvat Tale: Honi the Circle Maker

A Talmudic Tu B’Shvat Tale: Honi the Circle Maker

This clever, animated video (03:37) presents a modern retelling of the Talmudic tale of Honi the Circle Maker, a 1st century BCE Jewish sage who teaches us about the power

Tu B’Shvat Recipes

Tu B’Shvat Recipes

This article includes links to festive fruit-centered sweet and savory recipes especially for Tu B’Shvat, when it is customary to eat the Seven Species of the Land of Israel. 

Tu B’Shvat Companion: A Handbook for the New Year of the Tree

Tu B’Shvat Companion: A Handbook for the New Year of the Tree

Created by Livnot U’Lehibanot, this educational booklet is a compilation of short articles, thought-provoking questions, sources, songs, and blessings that explore different Jewish perspectives on nature and our place in it as people.

Celebrating Tu B’Shvat with Seven Species Food Art

Celebrating Tu B’Shvat with Seven Species Food Art

Produced by the Union for Reform Judaism, this creative video (01:43) introduces the holiday of Tu B’Shvat and the Seven Species through delicious and beautiful food art made up of

Haggadah for the Tu B’Shvat Seder

Haggadah for the Tu B’Shvat Seder

Created by the Jewish National Fund, this Tu B’Shvat Haggadah is divided into four sections, each of which includes a cup of wine and traditional fruit, a Jewish text, a

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