Carleton to Celebrate Jewish Arbor Day with Tu B’Shevat Chapel Service

Feb 6 2009 5:00 pm
Feb 6 2009 6:00 pm

Carleton to Celebrate Jewish Arbor Day with Tu B’Shevat Chapel Service

Northfield, Minn.—Carleton College will host a Tu B’Shevat Chapel Service, led by associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky, to commemorate Jewish Arbor Day and Earth Celebration. The service will take place Friday, Feb. 6 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel main sanctuary. A meal follows the service. This event is free and open to the public.

Tu B’Shevat is the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat and marks the beginning of a new year for trees. Customarily, a tree is considered to have aged one year every Tu B’Shevat. The age of trees is important, because Jewish tradition mandates that fruit cannot be eaten from a tree during the tree’s first four years of life. Often, people celebrate Tu B’Shevat by eating a new fruit, planting a tree, or collecting money for trees in Israel.

The event is being sponsored by the Carleton College Chaplain’s Office. For more information or disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4003.