Tu B’Shvat, also known as the New Year for Trees, is a celebration of trees and fruits that holds a special place in the hearts of many communities around the world. This year, the JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) communities joined in the festivities, organizing unique events to mark this environmentally-conscious occasion. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the Tu B’Shvat events held across JLIC, where trees, fruits, and heartwarming stories took center stage.

Tu B'Shvat in Jerusalem at JLIC even

JLIC Jerusalem Community

The JLIC Jerusalem Community kicked off their Tu B’Shvat celebration with a special seder hosted at the JLIC Co-Directors Jerremy and Emily Tibbetts home. Participants gathered to reflect on the significance of trees and share in the joy of partaking in the abundance of nature. The atmosphere was festive, with laughter and discussions.

Tu B'Shvat in Jerusalem with JLIC

JLIC Community in Herzliya

In Herzliya, the JLIC community embraced the spirit of Tu B’Shvat with a unique twist. They hosted a Tu B’Shvat seder followed by a “Bracha Bee” – adding an element of learning to the celebration of trees and fruits.

A group of guys from JLIC in Herzliya celebrating Tu B'shvat together with a seder A group of women from JLIC in Herzliya celebrating Tu B'shvat together with a seder


Tu B'shvat in Tel Aviv with Joe and Corinne JLIC Tel Aviv Community

JLIC Tel Aviv brought a unique blend of warmth and celebration to their Tu B’Shvat observance, held on Friday night at the residence of JLIC co-directors Joe and Corinne. The atmosphere was nothing short of magical, as participants gathered for a special Tu B’Shvat seder filled with delectable fruits and fine wine. The evening seamlessly combined the pleasures of the palate with the nourishment of the soul, as Torah reflections and uplifting songs created an ambiance of joy and spiritual connection. The event was more than just a gathering; providing a much-needed respite from the challenges of the past week in Israel.


Happy Tu B'shvat from the West CoastJLIC West Coast Community

The West Coast JLIC community took a creative approach to Tu B’Shvat with an “Optimal Fruit Cart” that delighted the senses of everyone who passed by. Students were treated to an array of fruits, each one carefully selected to represent the diversity and beauty of nature.
JLIC West Coast students enjoy the Optimal Fruit Cart.

Special Guest

Following the fruit-filled festivities, 40 students had the privilege of hearing a remarkable story of resilience and strength. A survivor of the October 7th terrorist attack on Israel, the guest speaker from Kfar Aza shared his harrowing yet inspiring journey since that fateful day. The room was filled with a mix of emotions, from somber reflection to renewed determination to make the world a better place.

JLIC West Coast students listening to Kfar Aza survivor from Oct 7th attack in Israel.

JLIC at University of Pennsylvania

At Penn, the Tu B’Shvat Seder was nothing short of a vibrant celebration! With a wonderful turnout of participants, the evening was infused with the spirit of joy and camaraderie. Nine enthusiastic students actively contributed by sharing insightful Torah reflections, adding a layer of depth to the festivities. The atmosphere was filled with delectable flavors as everyone enjoyed a delicious meal together. As the night unfolded, the joy turned into dancing and singing, creating a lively experience that left everyone connected in the celebration of Tu B’Shvat.

University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Tu B'Shvat Seder

Tu B’Shvat at JLIC was a celebration of life, growth, and resilience. Through unique events, fun-filled festivities, and heartfelt stories, these communities came together to honor the beauty of nature and the indomitable spirit of those who have faced adversity. May the lessons learned on Tu B’Shvat continue to inspire and nurture a sense of community, environmental stewardship, and hope for a brighter future.

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Read a short Tu B’shvat Dvar Torah by our Founding Director Rabbi Menachem Schrader.