Tu B’shvat and the Trees 5777

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?

Students from Striar Hebrew Academy in Sharon and Jewish Community Day School in Watertown made lots of paper…. from paper! We look forward to seeing what they create on these new sheets.

Starting with paper

Explaining the process

Explaining the process

Hard at work

Finished product

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:

Learning how to tap trees

Exploring the evaporator

Collecting sap directly from the trees

Pouring sap to transport

Pouring sap into the container for transport to the sugar house

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