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Super Simple DIY Twig Luminary (For Tu B’Shevat!)

… twigs and candlelight and it’s so simple! And of course anything using twigs is great for your Tu B’Shevat (the New Year for the trees) table. Add a few branches if you have some available, even from your neighbor’s pruning pile, and you’ve got yourself a great look, especially on an elegant, creme tablecloth!

I’ve used olive branches, which I think are perfect, thanks to some branches I found hanging out on someones sidewalk.So take a nature walk with the kids, or even …

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Eating Jewish: Recipes for a tasty Tu B’Shevat table

Although there are no specific dishes that have traditionally been prepared for Tu B’Shevat, the custom of serving dishes that contain fruits and nuts has emerged. There is also the custom of consuming the Shevah Minim or “Seven Species,” the five fruits and two grains found in the land of Israel.

According to Gil Marks in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, the seven species are either eaten in the order in which they’re mentioned in Deuteronomy, namely wheat, …

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Simple Nature Craft For Kids: Making Pictures With Leaves

… hoo, guess they’re a little burned out?) enjoyed doing this one! And just in time for Tu B’Shevat, which is tomorrow night!

You’ll Need:

thick leaves, we used olive tree leaves

Sharpie Paint markers (thanks to my friend Tali, who is on the Sharpie Team!)

hot glue or any thick sticky glue (if leaves are very flat, white glue will work also)

colored card stock


Read More: @ creativejewishmom.com

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Put a Jewish woman in environmental activism “On the Map!”

Put a Jewish woman in environmental activism "On the Map!"

Next week is Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday for trees. The meaning of the holiday has undergone some major evolution over the years; it started as a tax deadline, was co-opted by Kabbalists and then the Zionists, and is now considered a holiday celebrating the environment and environmental activism in a broad sense. At the Jewish Women’s Archive, our Tu B’Shevat tradition is to seek out and …

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Buy a Tee, Plant a Tree

Dear AllJewishLinks.com readers -

Tu B’Shevat is coming and Judaism.com has partnered with Proud to Be to release a lineup of Eco Friendly T-shirts.


Support the replanting of the forests from the devastating fires in Israel, or just show your pride about living in a Green world. These stylish 100% organic t-shirts make a great fashion statement. This is …

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Millet & Quinoa Vegetable Casserole (A Healthful Alternative To Potato Kugel!)

… weather, and I haven’t been able to photograph some of the projects I’ve been working on for Tu B’Shevat, so I thought I’d share with you some of my creative adventures in the kitchen! (This photo was taken very quickly on the sill outside my kitchen window as the clouds parted for just a few minutes…..)

I have always been a firm believer in the necessity of teaching children the importance of making healthy food choices and in following through on that with what I serve my …

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Around the Family Table: A Comprehensive “Bencher” and Companion for Shabbat and Festival Meals and other Family Occasions

… festivals

–Hannukah candle blessings

–Eve of Israel Independence Day meal celebration

Tu b’shevat seder

–Shalom Zakhar, Shalom Bat

–Circumcision ceremony

–Redemption of the firstborn

–Simhat bat ceremony for baby girls

–Dedication of a new home

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s contributions to Israel and world Jewry over the course of the past 35 years have been instrumental in shaping today’s Modern Orthodox society. His vision of an authentic Judaism which is …

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Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays : Hanukkah, Tu b’shevat, Purim

Paul Steinberg, Janet Greenstein Potter (editor)

JPS’s new holiday books take us through the joys, spirit, and meaning of the seasons. Blending the old and the new, they ground us in the origins and traditions of each holiday and open up to us ways we can add our own expression to these special days. Although synagogue ritual is touched upon, the real focus here is on our personal …

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