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Tu B'Shevat celebration

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On Friday, January 25, Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27, Congregation Beth Israel will welcome congregants and friends for a weekend celebration of Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. Although this holiday has a long and varied history, the theme most associated with it is the environment.  It is considered a festival of nature, full of wonder, joy, and thankfulness for God’s creation in anticipation of the renewal of the natural world.


A Shabbat service will be start the weekend at 6:30pm on Friday, followed by a community dinner with natural foods. On Saturday, Torah Study will begin at 9:30am followed by an 11am Shabbat service.


On Saturday, 2pm, Guest Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, author of  Claiming Earth as Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith, will lead a discussion of the origins in the Torah and Talmud for environmental responsibility, earth-conscious agricultural  practices, and social responsibility.  


On Sunday, 9:30am, the synagogue will host a mini-mall of organizations promoting money-saving ways to protect the environment.


On Sunday at 12noon, a hearty vegetarian  lunch will be served. Speakers during and after lunch will discuss topics like energy audits and how to farm using sustainable and observant methods.


The public is invited to all events. There are some costs for food.  For details, visit www.cbict.org, or contact bethisrael@cbict.org, 860-233-8215 x232.

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