At a time when the world is approaching a climate catastrophe and other environmental threats, it is time to celebrate Tu Bishvat, the most environmental Jewish holiday, as if global survival matters, and to start treating Tu Bishvat as a Jewish Earth Day.
Therefore, I will be facilitating four Tu Bishvat seders this year on Tu Bishvat, which starts on January 27 this year:
One at the retirement village, Protea Hills, where my wife and I now live;
One for the retirees group at the Young Israel of Staten Island, my former synagogue in the US;
One, in conjunction with Ginger, the Israeli Jewish Vegetarian Society, on Wednesday, January 27, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, Israeli time. You are cordially invited to attend, using the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82852423177
One, with professor Dan Brook, on Thursday, January 28, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, US eastern time. You are invited to attend, using the link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/82208156188?pwd=UW04akxOWmVVMlRyRmZlcUY1cjZkUT09, with the password: 514067.
If you would like receive a PDF with the ten pages of source material I will use for the Seder, please email me at VeggieRich@gmail.com, with the subject “Tu Bishvat source sheets.”
If you wish to partake in the Seder rituals, please have at least one of the following: fruit or nuts that have an outer shell; fruit that have a pit; fruit with neither an outer shell nor a pit, as well as some white grape juice or wine and some red grape juice or wine. If you prefer to attend the Seder without partaking in the rituals, that would be fine.
If you would like to learn more about Tu Bishvat,, you might find some of my eight Tu Bishvat-related articles at the link below helpful.
Suggestions are very welcome.
I look forward to seeing you at a zoom Seder.
ALL the best,