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Earthy Tu B’Shvat Fun in Israel for the Whole Family

Planting flowers at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens for Tu B’Shvat. Photo: courtesy

How do you celebrate the Jewish New Year of the Trees? Plant new trees with family and friends! Our friends at Israel21c tell us more about the festivities planned this weekend in Israel and how you can celebrate from home.

Since 1892, the holiday has been celebrated in Israel by planting trees. In more recent years, Tu B’Shvat has morphed into a Jewish Earth Day with its own Seder featuring Israeli wines and fruits.

If you can’t be in Israel for the holiday, you can download a KKL-JNF Tu B’Shvat Seder Kit — in English, French, Spanish or Russian — by clicking here. Or play a virtual tree-planting game online by clicking here

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Givat Ram is throwing a birthday party for trees in the Experiential Garden for parents and children on February 11 from 10 to 2. There will be surprises along the Children’s Discovery Trail as well as special workshops, flower planting and games. Two guides will help kids make Tu B’Shvat decorations from natural materials found around the garden as well as a recycled flowerpot to take home. Free with admission.

Read the full list of activities now.

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