Tu Bishvat with CAARI and JNF

CELEBRATE TU’bSHVAT – By Rosalie Whitehill – Plainview, NY

Last night’s Tu B’shvat seder was so incredibly wonderful…..I don’t know if I can find enough superlatives…..and this opinion is shared by just about everyone I spoke with.
We had a fantastic entertainer…..started the evening with many familiar Israeli tunes (in the course of the evening there were about 5 or 6 melodies to which I know the folk dance…) with a marvelous keyboard that sounded like a 6 piece combo…..he also sang…..there was singing and dancing with some of us adding tambourine emphasis (me….when I wasn’t dancing) and everyone was quite happy even before we started our seder which included several glasses of wine along with the fruit and nuts. Our coordinator supplied us with wonderful booklets that came from Neot Kedumim…..and emphasized conservation, the environment and caring for our earth……and every 8 paragraphs or so we had a musical interlude…..with more of the marvelous Israeli music……so the reading was much more palatable..(of course people took turns reading, as in a regular seder)…..and we danced and sang at all the interludes. When the reading was over…..and we were all feeling VERY HAPPY……..more singing and dancing……and then some Spanish stuff….Besame Mucho, cha cha, etc. then Italian songs, then French songs, then Elvis stuff, then rock and roll……and our entertainer continued playing requests……..What a night….at breakfast this a.m. one man compared it to a “freilich wedding”…..a very special experience for us!
This morning we celebrated Tu B’shvat by going to a JNF nursery outside Jerusalem…..we had a terrific guide who showed us how seeds are planted, incubated, transplanted and then sent off to nurseries before they go to forests or parks…..so inspiring….we will not do any transplanting or pruning this year as this is year 7 in the Hebrew cycle when the land is given time to renew itself. If you want to see more and read about us on the KKL website – some of us were interviewed and photographed –
Log on to www.kkl.org.il – than and read about Click to read about A Special New Year for Trees Celebration at KKL-JNF Nurseries
Love to all!

The Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel, CAARI, offers active seniors a unique opportunity to experience Israel. The program is designed to explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. The CAARI Program includes community service, toursa speakers forum and the camaraderie of the CAARI Family. The Program is designed for to feel, touch, hear and see Israel from the mountains to the desert, from sea to sea, and from ancient to modern.

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