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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...