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.