Over the centuries there have been many ways to celebrate Tu B’shvat: property assessment, mystical connection to the natural world, planting trees to claim land, and laying foundations. It’s a holiday with roots in Biblical agricultural law and expressions to the divine. If we focus just on planting, we both diminish the — of the holiday as well as limit our ability to celebrate here in New England. This year the Ganei Beantown programming focused on the trees and community in New England: What do we have and how to we use, celebrate and preserve it?
Snow might have delayed our other programs, but a mighty crowd gathering at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah for a joint program with New England Yachad and K’Sharim: Connecting People with Disabilities to Jewish Life.
We also headed to Land’s Sake Farm for a look at the local trees- and their extensive maple sugaring operation: