Thursday April 26, 2018

Tu B'Shevat

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Jewish children planting a tree

The next upcoming Tu B'Shevat is celebrated/ observed on sundown of January 20 ending at sundown on Sunday January 21st, 2019. Tu B'Shevat in the Hebrew calendar falls on the 15th day of the month of Shevat. This day celebrates the "New Year for the Trees" and their importance in the Jewish Society. Much like Arbor Day, this day is about trees and planting them to make the land more healthy and vibrant.

Celebration\ Observance

The day celebrates "New Year for the Trees" with many practicing Jews eating a fruit on this day and some planting a tree in celebration. Many will be involved in tree planting and land restoration projects to improve the viability of the land and the resources the land provides back to the people.


In the early 20th century the Jewish National Fund was involved in the re-forestation of the land of Israel and in particular planted eucalyptus trees in the Hula Valley slow down the growth of malaria at the time. Today millions of Israelis will plant a tree on this day in recognition of this custom.

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