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Shalom friends,

Mother Nature’s alarm clock is set to Tu B’Shvat time in Israel. The trees are waking up from their winter slumber. The almond trees are starting to open their eyes and we are getting ready to celebrate the birthday of the trees with Tu B’Shvat seders, planting seeds, and more.

Celebrate Israel’s great fruitful bounty with Israel Forever!

PLANT - Buy seeds
CELEBRATE - Conduct a seder
CONNECT - Plan a community gathering
LEARN MORE - Visit the Plant Israel at Home page
TEACH OTHERS - Download our Teacher's Guide

Tu B'Shevat Seder: A guide for hosting and attending

Tu B’Shvat is this weekend. Host a Tu B’Shvat Seder using Israel Forever’s one-of-a-kind Tu B'Shevat Seder haggadah. This guide is the first one focused solely on the Israel Connection is the perfect guidebook and companion to help you facilitate a seder.

Download your guide HERE and PRINT one of our vibrant posters for display!


Tu B'Shevat Readings

Find inspiration and spark discussion with your family and friends with these Tu B’Shevat readings.

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The Four Cups: Gifts Of The Land Of Israel
By Michael Brown

Though there are few hard and fast rules regarding a Tu b'Shevat seder, it generally revolves around four cups of wine.

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The Meaning of a Birthday
By Dr. Elana Heideman

For those unfamiliar, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated on the 15th (TU = ט”ו) day of the Jewish month of Shevat שבט, this year on February 3-4. This is one of the 4 New Years mentioned in the Mishnah. Known in Israel as “Chag Ha'Ilanot” (Ilan אילן= tree), we honor this day when budding fruit enters a new year of life and the first bulbs of spring are beginning to bloom.

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A Tree in Israel Speaks
By Yaffa Klugerman

The diary of a tree with a branch span of more than 600 years. Live the history of the city of Tzvat through the life of a tree--through epidemics, earthquakes, visits from famous rabbis and more.

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My Family Tree(s)
By Erez Strasburg

What do the names on a family tree signify? In one family, the mother, Ilana (meaning tree), named her children to signify trees. The author’s name Erez ארז, is reminiscent of the cedars of Lebanon that were brought to Jerusalem by King Solomon to build the first Jewish temple. His brother’s name, Amir’s אמיר , refers to the canopy of a tree, and his sister’s name Neta נטע translates as sapling.

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Just as a tree needs care to extend its life, so, too our relationship with Israel needs proper care. Show love, respect, and pride in our homeland!

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