The Jewish New Year of the Trees, or Tu BiShvat, lends itself to many home observations and activities. Here are a few suggestions and resources for you to try.
- Plant parsley seeds in sod pots by a sunny window. Harvest the parsley for your Passover seder.
- Plant a flowering bulb kit for a sunny window. In the middle of winter this is a wonderful hint of the spring season to come soon.
- If you live in a location where planting outside will work this time of year - plant a sampling in your yard!
- Plant trees in Israel through your donations to the Jewish National Fund.
- Make leaf prints for paper placemats and use the placemats at a Tu BiShvat Seder. Younger children can make handprint trees.
- Make recycled paper using old paper scraps and a blender or food processor.
- Take photos of beautiful trees and frame them.
- Assemble your own "Fruit Head Guy," a funny little fruit sculpture that doubles as a tasty appetizer.
- Make an edible bird/animal feeder with birdseed or plain popped popcorn and leave it in the branches of a tree.
- Create aromatic lanterns out of clementines to adorn your holiday tables.
- Prepare a Tu BiShvat seder. For an additional connection to Israel, adults can use special Israeli wines that correspond to the different cups used at the seder.
- Prepare recipes for Tu BiShvat from around the world.
- Learn about the history of Tu BiShvat.
- Read a Tu BiShvat related story like Travis the Tree, or check your congregation’s library.
- Learn about honoring the trees and with videos from Shalom Sesame and resources from Reform Jewish educators.
- Listen to or sing songs for Tu BiShvat.
- Give to an environmental organization.
- Participate in an environmental clean-up project in your community.