Tu B’shvat is a Jewish holiday also known as the New Year for Trees.
On January 27th, IFFP will celebrate this holiday with a special seder led by Cantor Bret Goldstein. Please enjoy these videos with your children to help them enjoy the seder rituals.
- Tu B’shvat Tale: Honi Comes Full Circle for the Jewish Birthday of the Trees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRfV7XrGfBo
- What is Tu B’shevat? The Jewish Tree Holiday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRHLw9jr9lY
Did you know that:
- Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals.
- Trees absorb carbon dioxide and harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Trees release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
- Canada’s boreal forest, our planet’s largest intact old-growth forest, is being destroyed. Logging, oil, gas, and mining companies are clearing over one million acres each year and threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities, iconic caribou, and billions of migratory birds.
o 300 billion tons of carbon are stored in the boreal region’s soils, plants, and wetlands. That’s equal to over three decades’ of fossil fuel emissions.
o Many of these ancient trees are being turned into toilet paper, paper towels, and facial tissues.
How can we help?
- Buy more sustainable paper products. For suggestions, see: https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/walletcard_1.pdf
- For a small $10 donation, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant 10 trees in our Nation’s forests: https://shop.arborday.org/memberships-trees-to-forest.aspx
- Petition the Canadian Government to protect the boreal forest from unsustainable logging: https://act.nrdc.org/letter/boreal-forest-180731?source=EMOBORPET&tkd=1518252&utm_source=alert&utm_medium=text1&utm_campaign=email&t=3&akid=3508%2E1518252%2ERi0yra