Tu B’Shevat Resource Guide

Tu B’Shevat 2024the 15th of Shevat, 5784 on the Jewish calendar—will be celebrated this year on Thursday January 25, 2024.

This Tu B’Shevat, celebrate the Jewish New Year Festival for the trees with a Tu B’Shevat seder, complete with the seven species and four cups of wine. Read on to find out why and what they mean. Plus find delicious Tu B’Shevat recipes.

Happy Birthday to the Trees!

Tu B'Shevat Seder Food and Drink


Tu B’Shevat:  The New Year of the Trees 

What is Rosh Hashanah Ha’Ilan?

Explore the history of Tu B’Shevat. Learn about the foods eaten at the Tu B’Shevat seder: the seven species of food associated in the Torah with the Land of Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates and the the symbolism of the four glasses of wine. Plus a special Tu B’Shevat recipe.

Dried Dates, Fresh Dates

Talk of the Table | The Satisfying Sweetness of Dates

Dates play a particularly important role in Jewish tradition. In the story of the biblical exodus, dates are one of the “seven species,” the fruits and grains the Israelites discover growing in the Promised Land. And when the Torah says the land is “flowing with milk and honey,” it is actually referring to date honey, not bee honey—which was rarer to find and dangerous to collect. Read more about the Biblical and modern history and importance of dates. Plus a delicious Triple Date Bread recipe.

Tu B'Shevat & Environmentalism

Hannah fine with five other organizers at a rally for the green new deal. Two hold signs that say "sustainability is a Jewish virtue"

This Tu B’Shevat, A Call to Invest in Climate Change 

Environmentalism is becoming a central priority for the Jewish community. Sustainability and eco-friendliness is becoming a core value in Jewish practice and culture.  Jewish youths are organizing into groups like the Jewish Youth Climate Movement to magnify their impact.  Explore tactics implemented by members of the Jewish community which translates talking into action and demonstrates that everyone can make a difference.

Trees in a forest

The Enduring Relevance of Tu B’Shevat

Experiential Environment Education and Connections

The values that we have as Jews, [to be] Shomrei Adamah, guardians of the earth, are fundamental. And so we look to Jewish tradition for how it speaks to our place in the world as being responsible and being engaged and understanding the beauty of the earth.”

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