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Tu BiSh'vat

Tu BiSh’vat, also known as the New Year of the Trees (Rosh Hashana Lallanot), falls on the fifteenth (tu) day of the month of Sh'vat. Scholars believe that Tu BiSh'vat was originally an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring.

Holiday Guides: Tu Bish'vat

Program Bank Activities: Environmental Justice

Be inspired with these environmentally-focused activities from the RAC Program Bank in a way that works for your congregation, class, community, or family. Participate in a traditional Tu BiSh'vat tree planting project, work on waste reduction in your house or synagogue, and more! 

Texts, Prayers & Stories

These texts, prayers, and scripture selections can incorporate the imperative for environmental stewardship into your holiday celebration or Tu BiSh'vat activity.

Tu BiSh'vat Worship Tools

These downloadable resources are easy to print, share, and use with your family or congregation. 

Go Deeper: Environmental Issues

Looking for more in-depth environmental sustainability projects for your congregation, or for a deeper look at Jewish values and environmental stewardship? Try these other RAC resources: 

Other Resources

Looking for more? Check out these holiday resources from some of our partners and affiliates:


We are grateful to all the colleagues and friends who reviewed this publication and offered their insightful suggestions for its structure and improvement. This guide was authored by Matthew Durbin, RAC Rabbinic Intern, with guidance from Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, then Director of the Commission on Social Action and now Director of Women of Reform Judaism, and was revised by Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Liya Rechtman. Thanks also to Rose Kowel, Sean Thibault, Donald Cohen-Cutler, and Alyssa Agard.