This weekend, the Israeli-American Council (IAC) will put down new roots across America for a first-of-its-kind national “Israeli-style” celebration of Tu Bishvat, also known as the Jewish New Year for Trees or Jewish Earth Day. The IAC’s National Shishi Israeli Tu Bishvat will unite 40 communities and college campuses around the country.
In Israel, Tu Bishvat is widely celebrated with tree-planting ceremonies and fruit-themed seders. As part of the national program’s focus on fusing Israeli culture and Jewish heritage, the IAC is providing each community and campus with an “IAC Shishi Israeli Tu Bishvat Program” booklet that combines Israeli and Jewish traditions. The booklet serves as a guide for incorporating Israeli and Jewish elements of the holiday at the nation-wide events — including tree-planting, community seders with fruit from Israel, a special holiday quiz, IAC Keshet activities for children, and sing-a-longs with Tu Bishvat-themed songs in Hebrew. Additionally, participating regions will serve Israeli food at their events.
The Tu Bishvat program marks the second-ever nationwide event by IAC Shishi Israeli, a program that brings together Israeli-American and Jewish-American families for signature communal experiences combining Jewish traditions with Israeli culture. IAC Shishi Israeli celebrates Jewish heritage and meaningful traditions at Shabbat dinners as well as community festivals for Shavuot, Sukkot, Purim, Passover, and special programs throughout the year.
“The first-of-its-kind National IAC Shishi Israeli Tu Bishvat will unite Israeli-Americans and American Jews from coast-to-coast in a historic celebration that injects the spirit of Israel into this holiday across America,” said IAC Co-Founder and CEO Shoham Nicolet. “This will be an incredible opportunity to come together as one large Jewish family.”
Fro more informaiton on IAC-AZ’s celebration or to RSVP, click here.
Date and Time:
Friday, Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 8525