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Tu BiSh’vat Activities to Do at Home

The Jewish New Year of the Trees, or Tu BiSh’vat, lends itself to many home observations and activities. Here are a few suggestions and resources for you to try. 

Planting Activities

  • Plant parsley seeds in sod pots by a sunny window. Harvest the parsley for your Passover seder.
  • Plant a flowering bulb kit for a sunny window. In the middle of winter this is a wonderful hint of the spring season to come soon.
  • If you live in a location where planting outside will work this time of year - plant a sampling in your yard!
  • Plant trees in Israel through your donations to the Jewish National Fund.

Crafts

  • Make leaf prints for paper placemats and use the placemats at a Tu BiSh’vat Seder.
  • Take photos of beautiful trees and frame them.
  • Make an edible bird/animal feeder with birdseed or plain popped popcorn and leave it in the branches of a tree.

Quiet Activities

  • Read a Tu BiSh’vat related book. Check your congregation’s library or URJ Books And Music.
  • Find information on Tu BiSh’vat on the web.

Food Activities

  • Prepare a Tu BiSh’vat seder and invite friends to join you. For an additional connection to Israel, adults can use special Israeli wines that correspond to the different cups used at the seder.
  • Prepare recipes for Tu BiSh’vat from around the world.

Miscellaneous Activities

  • Learn about honoring the trees and tikkun olam (repair of the world) videos from Shalom Sesame and resources from Reform Jewish educators. 
  • Listen to or sing songs for Tu BiSh’vat.
  • Give tzedakah (charity) to an environmental organization.
  • Learn about the history of Tu BiSh’vat.
  • Participate in an environmental clean up project in your community.