Amazing Tu B’shvat programming coming up!

The 15th of Shvat is the Tu Bishvat holiday, a biblical New Year used as the birthday for determining the age of fruit trees as they relate to tithing expectations. Its celebration has been a journey from jubilation before the Lord and communal responsibility to planting parsley in Styrofoam cups in synagogues across America. How do we reclaim relevance to this holiday in the midst of a New England winter?

Ganei Beantown has three opportunities for you to celebrate with us. 

Friday Jan. 10th Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at Havurah on the Hill at the Vilna Shul in historic Beacon Hill neighborhood

6:30 PM Wine and Appetizers
7:00 PM Shabbat Services
8:15 PM Speaker
8:45 PM Dinner  (Vegan and gluten free options available)

Melissa Hoffman (BJFC13) will be leading Maariv, and Leora Mallach (GB Director) will be speaking after services. Register here!

Free parking is available across the street from the Shul at the Charles River Parking Garage underground next to the Au Bon Pain. Please validate your green parking ticket when you arrive to the Shul. The Shul is also easily reached on the MBTA. Take the Red Line to Charles/MGH.


Sunday Jan. 12th join families at Temple Beth Zion for one in a series of Mishpachot programs from 10:30-12:30. With activities for folks of all ages, we’ll journey through the seasons, biblically and contemporarily. Sign up at Www.Tinyurl.Com/Familytubshvat2014


Saturday, January 25th
7-9:30 p.m. • Aviv Centers for Living, Peabody
Rather than mixing wines, we will be learning to make four seasonal vodka infusions!
Come for the mixology; come for the drinks + nosh representing the seven species of Israel; and come to learn about four local organizations working to strengthen our local food system and access to healthy food. In keeping with the biblical tradition of counting the fruit-tree tithe from the 15th of Shvat, a portion of the cost of the evening will be donated. Please RSVP.

cocktails and community 2013

Sponsoring organizations: Aviv Centers for Living, NSJCC, Temple Beth Shalom, and Temple Ner Tamid. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to: Beantown Jewish Gardens; Haven from Hunger; Family Table program of JF+CS; the Serving Ourselves Farm at Long Island Shelter.
Please RSVP.