Today is the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, also known as the New Year of the Trees, where the Jewish community takes time to thank God for the miracle of nature. The Fellowship’s Michael Seiler tells us about a Fellowship hosted activity where school children joined with the elderly in the Israeli community of Ashkelon to celebrate the holiday by planting herbs.
In celebration of the Tu B’Shvat holiday, The Fellowship organized a joint activity for students from two of the city’s schools along with elderly from two of the city’s elderly centers.
Together the youth and the elderly planted herbs to give back to the community and prepare for future generations.
Just as Janusz Korczak, a Polish-Jewish educator, children's author, teacher, and director of an orphanage in Warsaw, Poland, wrote, “He who cares about days, sows wheat. He who cares about years, plants trees. He who cares about generations, educates people.”
This saying was clearly reflected in the holiday activity. Planting herbs instilled in the school children the importance of giving back to the community, as well as spending time with the elderly, most of whom took part in the establishment of the state of Israel.
It gave them the opportunity to contemplate their future and instilled within them the desire to bring about change in society's attitude towards the elderly population.
Congratulations to all who participated in this meaningful event!