Tu B’shvat or the “birthday” of the trees was celebrated in school on January 30th and 31st. In ancient times, Tu B’shvat was a date on the calendar that helped Jewish farmers establish exactly when they should bring their fourth-year produce of fruit from recently planted trees to the Temple as first-fruit offerings. In the 16th century, the Kabbalists (mystics) of Tzfat in Israel created a new ritual to celebrate Tu B’shvat called Seder Tu B’shvat. Our 4th graders and their parents participated in a Tu B’shvat Seder. The students performed a Tu B’shvat skit and sang songs related to the holiday. They read Rabbinic literature, recited the blessings, and learned about the significant of each fruit and its connection to the land of Israel. Students and their parents drank four cups of wine: white wine (to symbolize winter), white with some red (to symbolize spring); red with some white (to symbolize fall) and finally all red (summer). They all enjoyed learning about this fantastic Kabbalistic tradition and celebrating the holiday together.
The early Zionists held Tu B’shvat as an opportunity to celebrate their tree-planting efforts to restore the ecology of ancient Israel and as a symbol of renewed growth and flowering of the Jewish people returning to their ancestral homeland. In modern times, Tu B’shvat continues to be an opportunity for planting trees — in Israel and elsewhere, wherever Jews live. For environmentalists, Tu B’shvat is an ancient and authentic Jewish connection to contemporary ecological issues. In Judaic Studies classes, we educated our students about their responsibility of G-d’s creation and to take care of the world. All classes participated in planting and gardening activity in our own Levana’s garden. Students planted trees, took care of the garden, tasted fruits associated with the land of Israel, and planted parsley that they’ll harvest for Passover.
This week, the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) designated Golda Meir Lower School as a finalist for the coveted 2018 National Blue Ribbon School Award. The US Department of Education will now review the nominations of all finalist schools and awards will be announced in September. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program was created […]
In the coming week (February 5 – 8), Mrs. King will be serving on a school accreditation team for the Children’s Day School in San Francisco CA. As part of a team consisting of experienced faculty and administrators from other independent schools across the state, Mrs. King will participate in a process of evaluating the […]
All of us make mistakes. In fact, some of the great people (like King David) in the Torah committed grievous wrong-doings and went on to repent, to be truly forgiven and then to become leaders and great heroes of Israel. The question of giving people a second chance has been debated for millenia. Now let’s […]
Tu B’shvat or the “birthday” of the trees was celebrated in school on January 30th and 31st. In ancient times, Tu B’shvat was a date on the calendar that helped Jewish farmers establish exactly when they should bring their fourth-year produce of fruit from recently planted trees to the Temple as first-fruit offerings. In the […]
A New Weekly Column from 5th grade This week’s edition is brought to you by Josh Edelstein & Kayla Scott What came first the chicken or the egg? For Epic Eggs, it’s the chickens! Fifth graders have been learning about business, so what better way to learn about it than to create your own? We […]