Tu Bi’Shvat

Happy Birthday Trees!

Wednesday, January 27, 5:15-5:45 pm

Geared for children 5 and under, but all are welcome!

Celebrate Tu Bi’Shvat with an awesome birthday party for the trees! Join us for games with recycled materials, stories, and music.

The Great Tu Bi’Shvat Bake Off

Wednesday, January 27, 8:15-9:15 pm

What better way could there be to celebrate the New Year of Trees than to bake some of their delicious fruits? Although we have no Paul Hollywood as a guest judge, we’ll be running our own Great TIC Baking Show.

We’ll spend the first part of the program doing some engaging learning on Tu Bi’Shvat itself followed by making a delectable fruit-based treat together on Zoom.

During our learning, we will unpack the connection between Tu Bi’Shvat to some of nature’s most delicious produce. If you’d like to pair our intellectual sustenance with physical sustenance feel free to purchase one item from each of the following four groupings:

  1. walnuts, coconuts, almonds
  2. olives, dates, peaches, apricots
  3. figs, grapes, raisins
  4. mangos, bananas, avocados

All ages are welcome!

Click here for Tu Bi’Shvat Strudel recipe & ingredient list.

Can’t wait to see you there!

How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change: Turning Angst Into Action

Presented online by Temple Israel Center Green Team

Thursday, January 28, 8:15-9:15 pm

Together we can build climate hope and create positive action.

Today’s children face a future entirely unlike that of their parents. How can we maintain hope and make a difference in the face of the climate crisis? Help is at hand.

Speaker: Harriet Shugarman, author of How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change: Turning Angst Into Action, is the Executive Director of Climate Mama, adjunct professor of World Sustainability and Climate Change and Society and Chair of the Climate Reality Project, NYC Metro Chapter. Harriet will provide tools and strategies for parents to explain the climate emergency to their children of all ages, from the youngest and even to those with children of their own.

Moderator: Jessica Haller, a sustainability and climate leader, is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Hazon, a Jewish environmental nonprofit, and has worked on countless initiatives including Hazon’s Sustainability Seal program. She has an MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council and a Climate Reality Project Leader.

Who should attend? Parents, grandparents, educators, aunts, uncles, and anyone who wants to learn more about the climate crisis and how we can inspire others to have hope and take positive action.

Register for How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change. Email for questions.

This program is co-sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Greening Roundtable, Grassroots Environmental Education, Jewish Earth Alliance, and The Jewish Climate Action Network.

The Jewish Imperative of Sustainability: Understanding the Mitzvah of Yishuvo Shel Olam

Online text study with Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin & Rabbi Avram Reisner

Presented by Temple Israel Center Green Team, Shaarei Tikvah, and Beth El Synagogue Center 

Sunday, January 31, 10:30-11:30 am

Underlying many of the 613 commandments is the call to create and sustain a healthy regenerative world that supports those alive today and those who will come after us tomorrow. This is yishuvo shel olam — establishing and supporting a livable world. Yishuvo shel olam is a call that responds to the urgency of the moment and is as essential as its better-known partner tikkun olam.

Rabbi Avram Reisner is rabbi emeritus of Chevrei Tzedek Congregation in Baltimore, MD. He has served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards for over 25 years.

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin is a community rabbi who works at the intersection of faith and sustainability.

Rabbi Cardin and Rabbi Reisner are co-authors of the teshuvah on sustainability passed unanimously in December 2019 by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

Register for The Jewish Imperative of Sustainability: Understanding the Mitzvah of Yishuvo Shel Olam. Email for questions.