Tu B’shvat is a wonderful time to celebrate, eating fruits, learning about seeds, trees and our ecosystem. Our teachers open the month of January with a project of seedlings. We allow seeds to grow, and as they sprout, we move them into small pots, place them by the window, and watch them grow.
Each year, in late January or February, we are preparing to celebrate the unique Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat – the New Year of Trees – with planting of plants and trees. The holiday marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees in their fruit-bearing cycle in the Land of Israel. It is a time in which the earliest-blooming trees in the country emerge from their winter slumber. The most notable is the Almond tree, dotted with white blossom, around the hills of Jerusalem.