Tu B’Shevat Seder and Fundraiser

Wine. Trees. Israel. Each is awesome in its own way, but together? You have yourself the awesome experience known as a Tu B’Shevat  seder.

The Chesed Project is hosting a seder, to raise money for the Jewish National Fund to plant trees in Israel.

You might find yourself thinking – I like wine, but what is Tu B’shevat, why a seder (and I hope we don’t have to eat matzah). Basically, Tu B’shevat is the 15th of the month of Shevat, and it is new years day for trees in Israel, which is important for agricultural mitzvahs. In the 16th century the great Kabbalist the Ari (the same guy who wrote The Zohar), instituted seders, which offer a unique way for self reflection and personal growth.

We’ll be eating tree fruits and nuts, especially those grown in Israel, and exploring them as metaphors for people and our interaction with the planet. And did I mention 4 cups of wine? (Grape juice will also be available.)

The event will be Tuesday February 7th at 7pm at The Flats 2000 N St NW, in the party room. The seder will start at 7:30 promptly and last for about an hour. We are asking for a $10 suggested donation for each person. All money will be donated to the JNF. Please RSVP by Friday Feb 3, either by email or on our Facebook event page.

We are depending on the kindness of others to help provide the wine (4 cups per person!) and other things for the event, it’s just too expensive for us to provide everything ourselves. If you are interested in donating to help make our event as successful as possible, please contact Samantha at: samantha dot hulkower at gmail dot com. All donors will be acknowledged by name at the seder, or anonymously, if they prefer.

Hope to see you there!