Tu Bishvat Seders
January 20, 2012
So you're interested in celebrating Tu Bishvat. Many of us didn't grow up celebrating this holiday, but with its deep connection to tree and the environment, meaningful attributes associated with food, and room for innovation and adaptation, it's easily become a favorite holiday for many.
For a quick overview of a Tu Bishvat seder (seder, meaning order in Hebrew, is used here to mean a meal eaten in an ordered way — think of a Passover seder), check out our video (below), booklet or this introductory article.
Ready to jump in? Here are some of our favorite guides to hosting your own Tu Bishvat seder:
- Three Tu Bishvat Haggadot: written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (aka The Velveteen Rabbi), these three variations on a Tu Bishvat seder are aimed at little kids, children, and teens/adults.
- The Jew & the Carrot (a food blog by Hazon) offers a Tu Bishvat Seder for Every Personality, with structure and four variations of foods served.
- Hillel (Jewish campus life) has both a haggadah for participants and one for seder leaders.
- My Jewish Learning's is a modern seder drawing on elements of its mystical predecessor.
- Hazon (Jewish environmental group) has a seder and sourcebook, plus one for families and one you can customize to your needs.
- NFTY (the Reform movement youth group) compiled a haggadah for a seder.
- JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) includes many more fruits in their haggadah than most plus songs.
Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.