Tu BiShvat Across America

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Participate in JNF’s Tu  BiShvat Across America

Celebrate Tu BiShvat. Plant  a Tree in Israel. Host a Seder. Bring a Speaker.

Tu BiShvat Across America (TBAA) provides special opportunities to enhance your meaningful and exciting  observances of Tu BiShvat and celebrate your commitment to the land of Israel. At the Jewish National Fund we  proudly think of Tu BiShvat, the world’s first earth day, as “our holiday” as  it embodies our dedication to the environment of Israel.

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We encourage you to submit  your own programs, sermons and Haggadot to education@jnf.org to be included on TREEsource.

Program Ideas

  • Activities for Tu BiShvat Family Fun Event (family - all ages)
  • Tu BiShvat Scavenger Challenge (family - all ages)
  • Tree Horoscopes (family - all ages)
  • Middle School Tu BiShvat Seder (middle school)
  • Tu BiShvat Throughout the Ages (middle-high school)
  • Eco-Zionism: The Connections are Natural (high school)
  • Student Perspectives: Tu BiShvat and Vegetarianism (background information)
  • Secure Your Roots From Generation to Generation
  • Green Log: Trees and the Environment, Discussions and Activities (middle-high school)

Please give us your name and email to download JNF’s Tu BiShvat program ideas

Schools

  • Visit jnf.org/tbschools to request your tree planting forms, posters, stickers and other school materials.

Sermons/Divrei Torah

The following is a collection of sermons, compiled over a number of years, appropriate for Tu Bishvat.  The sermons were written by rabbis from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.  These sermons were gathers to serve as inspiration in understanding and teaching about the holiday of Tu Bishvat.  We hope that they will contribute to making Tu Bishvat 5777 a time of growth and renewal for you and your congregation.

  • Rabbi Ilana Berenbaum Grinblat
  • Rabbi David Wolpe
  • Rabbi David H. Lincoln
  • Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer
  • Rabbi Shawn Zell
  • Rabbi Lester Polonsky
  • Rabbi Alfredo Fabio Borodowski
  • Rabbi Michael Cohen
  • Rabbi Steven Fink
  • Rabbi Avraham M. I. Avni
  • Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff
  • Rabbi James Gibson

Please give us your name and email to download JNF’s Tu BiShvat sermons/divrei Torah

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Haggadot

JNF offers Branching Out: Your Tu BiShvat Haggadah. This unique Haggadah is a wonderful and fun way to enhance your Tu BiShvat Seder.  If you wish  to download a black and white copy please click here.

Additional Haggadot:

  • Celebrating the Tree of Life by Debra Whitall
  • Seder Tu BiShvat, a Celebration of Israel’s Seasons and of Ecology in the Jewish Tradition, written by Beth Uval, Designed by Dorit Daon
  • JNF Environmental Haggadah
  • Tu BiShvat: A Sanctification of life- All of It by Rabbi Bonnie Lee Leavy and the American Joint Distribution Committee

Please give us your name and email to download JNF’s Tu BiShvat Haggadot

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Tu BiShvat Across America Kits for Your Synagogue

Register now to receive a package of materials to help celebrate Tu Bishvat Across America with JNF

  • Receive a kit full of materials to help enhance your Tu Bishvat celebration including tree planting forms, JNF Blue Boxes, and posters. 
  • Request a speaker for your Shabbat services, Tu Bishvat seder or special program at no cost to you.  JNF is proud to offer Makor, a cadre of trained and dedicated speakers.
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