Tu B’shvat

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Tu B’Shvat is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat. It is also called Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot, literally “New Year of the Trees”. In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.

Tu B’shvat 2023 begins in the evening of Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 and ends in the evening of Monday, Feb 6, 2023.

Totally Tu B’shvat Weekend at Temple Beth Sholom

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Be a Mitzvah Mensch! We need an extra hand or two to volunteer over the weekend.

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Friday, February 3
4:00 PM Join Daniel as we “kick-off” the creation of TBS communal tallit
5:00 PM Erev Shabbat “Tu B’shvat”-themed dinner $15/adult, $8/child, (See the menu and register here | registration ends January 31st)
6:00 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service with special story (and launch of our TBS Tallit Stories)
7:00 PM Make-Your Own Sundae Oneg and opportunity to work on the tallit

Saturday, February 4
9:15 AM Torah Study led by Daniel Abramson
10:15 AM “Brunch and Brush” 18/person for brunch and learn how to paint on silk and add to our TBS tallit
7-9:30 PM “Pomegranates, Figs and Honey” – Three Ways: Margaritas, Food and Symbol $10/person) RSVP
We’ll provide the drinks, and discussion about symbolism, you’ll bring Tu B’shvat-themed appetizers/desserts (see registration for details)
Three Species Margaritas, Symbolism and Art: with Daniel Abramson and Matthew Griffin ($10/person) + an appetizer or dessert using one of the ingredients below (plus anything else) – no shellfish or pork products, please
(example: baked brie topped with fig jam, wrapped in puff pastry [wheat], dates stuffed with pecans and goat cheese, brownie bites (wheat), mushroom barley soup shooters, marinated olives, soft whipped cheese drizzled w/ honey, sprinkled w/ pomegranate seeds served w/ crackers, crudite or crusty bread. Use your imagination!)

Sunday, February 5
“Totally Tu B’shvat” Community Intergenerational Festival
8:30 AM – Noon
Registration / details
In advance:

Members – Adult $15, Child $8; (NO COST for TBS ECC and Religious School children if registered in advance.)
Non-Members – Adult $20, Child $10
At the door:
Members – Adult $20, Child $10 ($5 for TBS ECC and Religious School children at the door.)
Non-Members – Adult $25, Child $15

About Daniel Abramson

Daniel Abramson is an artist and experiential Jewish educator. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Toronto. His passion for arts education began as a teenager when he worked as the ceramics specialist at Jewish summer camp in western Canada and eventually led him to the Toronto Heschel School where he developed new ways to engage learners is creative symbolic work as a way of understanding the world. Daniel’s recent artistic work focuses Hebrew calligraphy way to foster a sense of closeness with Jewish text. As an arts educator, Daniel designs projects that focus the arts as a vehicle for exploring identity inside and beyond the classroom. Daniel has facilitated numerous collaborative community projects for organizations including Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, The Reform Jewish Community of Canada, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the Albert and Rhoda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation of Orange County.

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