Virtual Tu B’Shevat
Celebrate trees, a new year of nature, and environmental education during our special virtual Tots honoring Tu B’Shevat. Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and PJ Library, our virtual event will feature hands on activities to help you celebrate this holiday at home.
Recycled Tu B’Shevat Tree
Create your own Tu B’Shevat Tree out of recycled paper rolls!
Planting seeds, especially parsley seeds as they will be grown in time for Passover, are a great way to celebrate Tu B’Shevat and nature. Use the links below to explore a few different gardening activities you can do at home!
When celebrating Tu B’Shevat, it is tradition to eat fruits from Israel, like figs, dates, grapes, olives, or pomegranates, or to try fruits that you haven’t eaten before and to say the “Shehechiyanu,” a prayer for experiencing something new. Get a taste of Tu B’Shevat by making the recipe below at home!
Recipe adapted from The Baking Fairy
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: about 20 date treats
• 14 medjool dates
• 1 cup pecans
• 1 cup almonds
• A pinch of salt
• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
• 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
• Mini chocolate chips for mixing in, to taste
• Optional: Honey to taste to sweeten
• Toppings: shredded coconut, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, sprinkles
1. Cut a slit into the dates lengthwise and remove the pits from each. Place the dates into a bowl and fill with enough warm water to cover them. Let them soak in the water for 5 minutes to help soften them.
2. In a blender, add the pecans and almonds and pulse until finely chopped.
3. Drain the dates and add them to the blender with the chopped nuts. Add in the salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder and coconut oil. Blend until mixture is smooth and sticky, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Add more cinnamon and cocoa powder to taste. If you would like to sweeten it, add in a little bit of honey.
4. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in chocolate chips if using. Place in fridge for about 5-10 minutes to help the mixture set.
5. Lay out a piece of wax paper on the table.
6. Form the mixture into heaping tablespoon sized balls. Wet your hands before rolling the mixture to prevent sticking.
7. Once the balls are formed, roll each ball through the topping of your choice.
8. Store in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.
PJ Library Suggested Reading List
• Thank You, Trees by Gail Langer Karwoski and Marilyn Gootman
• Dear Tree by Doba Rivka Weber and illustrated by Phyllis Saroff
• Netta and Her Plant by Ellie B. Gellman and illustrated by Natascia Ugliano
• It’s Tu B’Shevat by Edie Stoltz Zolkower and illustrated by Richard Johnson
For more books about Tu B’Shevat click here.