Jewish Journal

  • Make Tu b’Shevat relevant: Look to the past, pay it forward

    by Devorah Brous

    January 10, 2014 | 11:47 am

    Tu b’Shevat is my favorite holiday. It gets us out of the synagogue and into the garden. I believe the power of this celebration is rooted in its key teachings: taking time to really see nature, to express our gratitude for it and to share its bounty.  

    Tu b’Shevat is an...

  • Observing Tu B’Shevat through fruit trees and food justice

    By Devorah Brous and Sarah Newman

    January 24, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Across the globe this month Jewish communities are celebrating the holiday of Tu B’Shevat.  Many choose to commemorate the “New Year of The Trees” by planting pine trees in Israel.  Tu B’Shevat is a day that deals directly with the social inequality of our food system.  It’s a...

  • Tu B’Shevat: Netiya sows seeds of social justice

    By Roberto Loiederman

    January 23, 2013 | 11:13 am

    From the front, Devorah Brous’ modest San Fernando Valley home looks much like all the others around it. But go into the backyard, and it’s a different story. There you’ll find an urban farm, where Brous’ 2-year-old daughter, Sela, is holding a meek but healthy black-and-white...

  • A Biblical garden story

    by Jonathan Maseng

    February 1, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz and his wife, Karen, are stumped. They’re trying to explain just how many varieties of lettuce they’ve been able to grow since an urban farming company called Farmscape installed an organic garden in their yard last year. It’s a Wednesday, and rather than...

  • Netanyahu plants tree in settlement


    January 24, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planted a tree in a West Bank settlement to mark the Tu b’Shevat festival.

    Netanyahu joined community members in planting trees Sunday in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in Gush Etzion. He was scheduled to plant trees as well at the Maale Adumim and...

  • A down-to-earth, ‘Avatar’ Tu b’Shvat

    By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

    January 19, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    Celebrating Tu B’Shvat this year on an alien moon called Pandora? Why not?

    As seen in “Avatar,” the 3-D, billion-dollar grossing movie, it’s definitely a place where trees are revered.

    In the film, bluish people called Na’vi worship ancient trees. Here on earth, a Jewish people...

  • Eating Local, Seasonal Reflects
    Meaning of Tu B’Shevat

    By Amelia Saltsman

    February 5, 2009 | 1:56 am

    Could the renaissance of the Tu B’Shevat seder be any timelier? First, the birthday of trees is about hope and mindful stewardship of the land; that is, tikkun olam (repairing the world). The seder is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to this purpose by celebrating the fruits of...