The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Promote Health and Healing
Healing Herb Garden for Tu B’shevat
The Rosh Chodesh group at Hillel in San Francisco planted a Healing Herb Garden on Tu B’Shevat and dedicated it to Shalom Bayit (a shelter for women abused by domestic violence). The students learned about the herbs and their healing properties in conjunction with the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. Consider planting your own garden this Tu B'shevat.
Health Fair Extraordinaire
For the past several years, Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, New York has hosted a community-wide Health Fair along with the Jewish Community Center. The goal of this social action event is to provide free medical screenings, medical educational lectures and health-related information, especially to those who otherwise have no such opportunities. This has grown to be the largest health fair in the region, with more than 3,000 people attending throughout the day. Click here to see a flyer from a past fair.
New York Jewish Environmental Bike Ride (www.hazon.org)
Hazon organizes the New York Jewish Environmental Bike Ride to raise money for cutting-edge Jewish environmental education in the US and in Israel. The New York Ride takes place over a weekend and includes participants of all ages and religious backgrounds, emphasizing the value of tzedakah, physical challenge and connection to the world around us. Events like this can be planned by congregations or individuals for Tu B’Shevat.
Congregational Alternative Services
A great way to help congregants make a connection between their personal well-being and the environment is to organize worship services in a natural, outdoor setting. Other activities can include a meditative /or healing service in conjunction with Tu B’Shevat.