Oh, how I’ve missed Gather the Jews! I’ve spent the last couple weeks on hiatus in Israel, getting to know more DC-area Jews and readjusting to life since coming back. Similarly, many of you may be back from Birthright, or know someone who just went on a trip during this winter stint, and are craving some constant connectivity with Jews back at home now. (My group definitely bonded like Teflon and thankfully we’ve done an amazing job keeping our spirits up.)
We’re just in time for Tu B’Shvat, a very pleasant holiday to coincide with coming back to DC after a trip in Israel and for celebrating the new year of trees. There is no dearth of events going on to meet new people, see friendly faces, or bring along your own crew.
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, The Chesed Project is hosting a seder to benefit the reforestation efforts of the Jewish National Fund. With a suggested $10 donation to help plant trees in Israel, you’ll be able to join others in kosher wine, dried fruit, nuts and other tasty food. I hear it’ll be a great time.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 will be the big event at the Embassy of Israel. Their Tu B’Shvat party starts at 5:30 p.m., and is expected to be a sizable party for sure. The JCC’s site has important information on ticket purchases and security, so be sure to visit the site before heading over.
And looking to find another seder in the area?
Etz Chayim DC is partnering with local Jews and the Moishe House to host sederim. You can find locations in Adams Morgan, Takoma, Woodley Park, Rockville and Shepherd Park. This helpful Google document will help you find a seder, sign up, and prepare hosts for special dietary needs. So no excuses on not being able to find a seder and celebrating a great and environmentally responsible holiday!