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January 12, 2018  RSS feed

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Art and nature mix at Tu B’Shevat event

An example of Adria Bernstein’s rock art. An example of Adria Bernstein’s rock art. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties invites families to celebrate the “New Year of the Trees” – Tu B’Shevat – on Sunday, Feb 4, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Lake Seminole Park, Shelter 5, 10015 Park Blvd. N., Seminole.

Local artist, Adria Bernstein, will demonstrate and facilitate the art of rock painting for the group.

“I love taking natural resources and bringing them to life with color and paint. The possibilities are endless,” said Bernstein who has been active in this craft since 2008.

The rocks will be decorated to celebrate nature and can be taken home and enjoyed for yourself or to give to others.

Light snacks will be served.

Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday that falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. This year the actual holiday is Wednesday, Jan. 31. This holiday is known as the New Year for Trees. The word “Tu” is not really a word; it is the number 15 in Hebrew, as if you were to call the Fourth of July “4 July.”

Tu B’Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. See Lev. 19:23- 25, which states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year’s fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit.

There are few customs or observances related to this holiday. One custom is to eat a new fruit on this day, or to eat from the Seven Species (shivat haminim) described in the Bible as being abundant in the land of Israel. Another custom is to plant a tree or begin a garden.

“The goal of this event is to bring families together in our community to enjoy nature and enjoy each other’s company while learning about the holiday of Tu B’Shevat and some of the customs we have in Israel” says Yael Mor, Federation’s community shlicha. “In Israel, the holiday has become one of ecological awareness and is celebrated outside in nature with focus on renewing the world with trees and other greenery.”

The cost of the event is $8 per participant. RSVP to Yael Mor at or (727) 238-6975.

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