Being attuned to the changes in our world – those happening within nature, our bodies, and our own minds – is fundamental to the Jewish experience.
This “minor holiday” grows in significance more and more each year. Most commonly celebrated by planting trees, eating various fruit and nuts, and holding a Tu Bishvat seder (much like the Passover seder) – with four cups of wine and an opportunity to sing, discuss and eat – Tu Bishvat has branched out to incorporate opportunities for environmental stewardship and embodied spirituality.
Tu Bishvat begins at sunset, January 24 // Observed January 25, 2024
WAYS TO CELEBRATE
Express gratitude for the beauty and abundance of the earth through learning, hands-on activities and getting outside.
Here are a selection of ways to celebrate Tu Bishvat on your own, with family and friend or with community this year.
- Bring the outside in with nature crafts, fruits & nuts, holiday rituals and a treehouse book nook at the JCCSF’s Tu Bishvat: Outside In
- Honor the abundance and magnificence of earth at the JCCSF’s 55+ Tu Bishvat Shindig
- Listen to a nature-inspired playlist on Spotify while going for a walk or relaxing inside
- Play, learn and grow in nature with 100+ ideas for outdoor fun from San Francisco Children & Nature. Discover activities for all ages!
- Confront the Climate Crisis and cultivate spiritual courage with Urban Adamah and Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action
- Taste the flavors of Tu Bishvat and elevate your spirituality with a Tu Bishvat seder (a meal or guided snack experience inspired by the Passover seder)
- Sing, snack and play with little ones (ages 0 – 3) at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens hosted by our friends at Jewish Baby Network and The Kitchen
- Make a difference with these great local organizations:
- Keep our parks green with SF Rec & Park
- Plant trees with Friends of the Urban Garden
- Track your trash on a DIY neighborhood cleanup and report your findings to San Francisco Baykeeper using The Water Reporter app