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August 27, 2014 | 1st Elul 5774

Tu BiSh'vat Seders

The Jewish mystics of the 17th century, the Kabbalists, created a special ritual modeled after the Passover seder, to celebrate God's presence in nature. As with the Passover seder, the Tu BiSh'vat seder evolved to include four cups of wine, but in varying shades of red. Various fruits are also eaten. (Learn more about the history and rituals of the TuBiSh'vat seder.) Here are some seders for you to download and enjoy with your family or community.

Seder created by the RAC and NFTY
This multi-generational seder, although ready to use is easily adaptable. It includes narration and congregational readings, Hebrew text, transliteration and translation as well as song lyrics and suggested meditations.

Seder from Temple Emanuel in Worcester, MA
Intended to be used on Shabbat and geared towards children and families

Adults' Seder from Temple Shalom in Aberdeen, NJ
An excellent history of the Tu Bish'vat seder and its customs, along with pertinent blessings, songs and biblical passages. Excerpted and adapted from Ari Davidow's seder.

Children's Seder from Temple Shalom in Aberdeen, NJ
Focuses on the environmental message of Tu BiSh'vat rather than the form of the Seder.  Includes information about the 7 species, diverse flora and fauna, and gives examples of how kids can start saving the environment themselves.

Seder from Temple B'nai Shalom Sisterhood in Fairfax Station, VA
A fully scripted seder with special emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness.

 

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