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The Jewish mystics of the 17th century, the Kabbalists, created a special ritual—modeled after the Passover seder—to celebrate God's presence in nature. Today in modern Israel, Tu BiShvat has become a national holiday, a tree planting festivaTu BiShvat is not mentioned in the Torah. Scholars believe the holiday was originally an agricultural festival, corresponding to the beginning of spring in Israel. But a critical historical event helped Tu BiShvat evolve from a simple celebration of spring to a commemoration of our connection to the land of Israel. After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. and the exile that followed, many of the exiled Jews felt a need to bind themselves symbolically to their former homeland. Tu BiShvat served in part to fill that spiritual need. Jews used this time each year to eat a variety of fruits and nuts that could be obtained from Israel. The practice, a sort of physical association with the land, continued for many centuries.l for both Israelis and Jews throughout the world
Although the celebration of Tu BiShvat has a long and varied history, the theme most commonly ascribed to the holiday today is the environment.
Synagogue works to infuse congregational life with social justice, learning, and action.
Social Action calendar was created to allow congregants to choose activities that fit in their schedule.
The Temple partnered with two churches in the South Bronx in order to foster connections between the communities.
The Temple created a multifaceted AIDS awareness/action Project. The project provides assistance, support, advocacy, and education for all who are infected, affected, at risk, or concerned about HIV/AIDS.
Congregation organizes 40 hours worth of volunteer activities around Passover. Community Contact Information: Northwestern University Hillel www.nuhillel.org Goals: Draw connection between Passover and tikkun olam.
Drawing connections between the Exodus and modern day issues of slavery.