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Tu B'Shvat Shabbat

  • Bender JCC of Greater Washington 6125 Montrose Road Rockville, MD 20854 (map)

Tu B’Shvat, also known as the “New Year of the Trees,” marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in Israel emerge from their winter sleep. In modern-day Israel, Tu B’Shvat is also celebrated as an ecological awareness day.

Here at the Jewish Studio, we’ve decided to follow suit! Please join us for a Tu B’Shvat Shabbat that will include the following program:

  • Friday night prayer service, led by Cantor David Abramowitz and Cantorial Soloist Sally Heckelman.

  • Cozy Shabbat dinner, including the customary 7 species of Israel: pomegranates, figs, olives, dates, grapes, wheat, and barley.

  • Special guest lecture by Joe Kruger on environmental activism with a Jewish twist.

About Speaker: Joe Kruger is the Director for Research and Strategy at the Georgetown Climate Center. Previously, Joe was a consultant to companies, non-profits, and state governments on climate policy and sustainability issues. He has served as director at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the National Commission on Energy Policy, where he led initiatives on power sector regulations, climate policy, and electric grid modernization and cybersecurity. In 2009, he took a leave of absence from BPC to serve as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

To join us for the event, please sign up here.

* The event is free, but donations are always greatly appreciated!

Earlier Event: December 1
Kirtan Concert with Rabbi Andrew Hahn
Later Event: February 1
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