We will be celebrating TuB'Shevat, the New Year of the trees. We celebrate this day as a Jewish environmental awareness day. We will begin at 9:15 am with singing and then children will depart for Sunday school. At 10:00 am, adults will hear a speaker, Leora Mallach on the roots and modern relevance of Tub'Shvat. At 11:00 am, adults and children will participate in a humanistic service to celebrate the day.
Leora Mallach is the Co-Founder and Director of Ganei Beantown. She will speak about Tu B’shvat, the biblical New Year used as the birthday for determining the age of fruit trees. We will discuss the historical roots, growth and celebrations of the Tu B’shvat holiday. How do we claim relevance to this holiday in the midst of a New England winter?
Leora Mallach, co-founder and director of Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens is building community through hands-on food system education framed within Jewish text, tradition and culture. Reminding our community of the connections within Judaism of food and agriculture facilitates a deeper understanding of what sustains us and engages the Jewish community in the question of how to feed ourselves and the world in a just and sustainable manner. Leora has run the organic vegetable garden at Temple Israel of Boston for the past three growing seasons. When not creating new paradigms in the Jewish community, she enjoys berry picking and being crafty.