Tu B’Shevat Seder – 1/16

Sunday, January 16th, 11:00 a.m.

Join Rabbi Dorsch and Cantor Leberman for a very special Tu B’Shevat Seder experience. Together, on Zoom, we’ll celebrate the birthday of the trees. Cantor Leberman will share a variety of musical selections throughout our time together.

Tu B’Shevat occurs the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot, literally 'New Year of the Trees'. In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration. Also known as the birthday of the trees, Tu B’Shevat is an opportunity to strengthen our connection to the environment. Many families, congregations, and communities participate in a Tu B'Shevat Seder. Just as at a Passover Seder, symbolic foods are eaten in a special order in celebration of the important role trees play in our life.

Your RSVP is required by Thursday, January 13th
The event is complimentary for TIS members and students of our Miller Introduction to Judaism class. A fee of $5 is required for all others.

You may RSVP by clicking here. If you’re making a payment, you may do so online by clicking here or call the TIS Office at
619 697-6001. Once we receive your  reservation, or payment, the Zoom link will be sent to you.

While these items aren’t required to attend the event, they will help you engage in the entire experience.

What you’ll need:

  • Wine or Grape juice. Enough for four cups
  • Bread
  • Fruits that have hard shells but are soft on the inside. For example: coconut, almonds, or walnuts
  • Fruits that are soft but have pits inside of them. For example: olives, dates, peaches, or apricots.
  • Fruits that are soft throughout and completely edible. For example: figs, grapes, or raisins.
  • Fruits that have tough skins but are sweet inside. For example: mangoes, bananas, avocados, or sabra.

We also encourage you to have the seven species available. However, these won't be necessary to participate in the Seder.
These include: figs, dates, pomegranates, olives, grapes, wheat, and barley.
The grains can be bread, cake, or even cereal like Cheerios.

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