(Calgary) – The Calgary Jewish Community celebrated Tu B’Shevat with several enjoyable activities held at the Paperny Family JCC.
Flavours of Tu B’Shevat was celebrated on January 24 by creating beautiful edible art with fruit. Arts and Culture Manager Yanina Rabinovich coordinated this creative (and delicious) program.
On January 26, over 120 community members gathered together for a community Shabbat dinner to celebrate the Birthday of the Trees and honour Israel and her people.
The Shine a Light Tu B’Shevat Shabbat Dinner featured Israeli fruits and grains that transported participants to the heart of Israel, and there were fun activities and games that delivered a night of laughter and connection.
Everyone enjoyed the Moroccan inspired cuisine from Karen’s Cafe and Catering, and delighted in the soothing sounds of Dror Pery, as well as Heebros Elliott Steinberg and Steve Eichler.
Rabbi Leonard Cohen of Kehilat Shalom Calgary, led an educational Tu B’Shevat Seder and highlighted the important relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. PJ Library Calgary provided books and Shabbat friendly crafts for the younger attendees. It was a wonderful evening filled with food, music, and community that also celebrated nature and the spirit of Israel.
The event was made possible by a generous grant from Israel’s Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and Combatting Antisemitism, and Jewish Community Centers of North America (JCCs), and powered by Calgary Jewish Federation.
PJ Our Way® and Kesher joined together on Sunday January 28, to celebrate Tu B’Shevat – dedicated to trees and nature. They created exquisite terrariums, honouring the beauty of the earth’s treasures and deepening their connection to the environment.
On this Tu B’Shevat, community members reflected on the significance of the holiday, to foster a deeper appreciation for the earth’s natural gifts and the importance of environmental stewardship.