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 Tu B'Shvat Newsletter Leo Baeck Education Center, February 2015
Tu B'Shvat Higiya, Chag La'Ilanot!
Tu B'Shvat has arrived! The "New Year of Trees!"

Dear Friends,
We at the Leo Baeck Education Center would like to wish you all a Chag Tu B’Shvat Sameach! It is a custom during the celebration of Tu B'Shvat to plant new trees and celebrate the renewal of nature.

וְכִי-תָבֹאוּ אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, וּנְטַעְתֶּם כָּל-עֵץ מַאֲכָל
"And when you shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food"
Leviticus chapter 19, verse 23

This beautiful practice requires us to cultivate the natural world around us and subsequently be able to live, work, learn, and engage with others and our Creator in a harmonious and meaningful way. In this newsletter, we share with you Leo Baeck’s practice of bringing the love of nature and the love of human friendships together.
Click here to view the Tu B'Shvat ​Hagadah that the Leo Baeck Rabbis have prepared for your use and enjoyment.
Chag Tu B'Shvat Sameach.
Dani Fessler
Managing Director


The Ein Ha’Yam Scenic Walking Trail at Leo Baeck’s Clore Center
Ein Ha’Yam is a small Arab-Jewish neighborhood in Western Haifa, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The neighborhood is underserved, but the residents, with the support from staff from Leo Baeck’s Clore Center, initiated a community leadership project. At the center of this shared-existence project is the Ein Ha’Yam Trail – a walking trail around the neighborhood – that promotes and strengthens the community’s social, economic, cultural and environmental needs.
Just as trees need water, pruning, and attention to prolong their life, so too does this truly unique community project. With your support, the Ein Ha'Yam Trail can continue to serve as a model for interfaith and intercultural cooperation, help develop community entrepreneurship, and create a sense of proud community cohesion. We invite you to help us “nurture” and “cultivate” Ein Ha'Yam:
  • Plant a tree on the Ein Ha’Yam Trail ($100)
  • Place a bench on the Ein Ha’Yam Trail ($400)
  • Build a gazebo on the Ein Ha’Yam Trail, overlookink the Mediterranean ($1500)
If you would like your name or the name of a loved one to appear on Ein Hayam Trail signage, please send an email to dia@leobaeck.org.il.
You can donate via check or direct bank transfer to any of the organizations below, or click "Donate" to make a Paypal or credit card payment directly to Israel.
Gifts of any amount are most appreciated.
For US donors:
Leo Baeck Education Center Foundation (LBEC Foundation)
3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 1440
Houston, Texas 77027
Contributions are tax-deductible in the US through the LBEC Foundation, a registered 501(c) (3) public charity
Tax ID Number: 76-0205816
For UK donors:
The Friends of Leo Baeck Haifa (FOLBH)
161 West Heath Road
London, NW3 7TT
The FOLBH is a registered UK Charity
UK Charity Number: 1141971
Donors can make use of the UK Gift Aid tax incentive in order to effectively maximize their donation
Directly to Israel:
The Leo Baeck Education Center
c/o: The Department of Development and International Affairs
90 Derech Tzarfat
P.O.B. 6238
Haifa 31062
Seder Tu B’Shvat for Holocaust Survivors at The Leo Baeck Education Center
For 20 years the Leo Baeck Education Center, in collaboration with its Congregation "Ohel Avraham", has hosted a Tu B’Shvat Seder (ritual service and ceremonial dinner) for Holocaust Survivors in our community. Each guest is accompanied by a Leo Baeck high school student at the annual event. This year, with over 250 people in attendance, everyone partook in the traditional Tu B’Shvat feast, sang songs, listened to readings from the Tu B’Shvat Haggadah, and enjoyed performances by the Leo Baeck orchestra and musical troupe.


Planting roots in Haifa - Seder Tu B’Shvat at Leo Baeck’s Beit Ligdol Tov
Young immigrant and native Israeli families gathered for a festive Tu b’Shvat planting ceremony at Leo Baeck’s Beit Ligdol Tov Early Childhood Developmental & Parental Guidance Center. Together with Leo Baeck high school students who led the service, the families planted trees as a symbol of setting their roots in Israel and contributing towards the growth of the community.












To find out more about our projects and activities in the Leo Baeck Education Center and how you can support, please contact us on +972-4-8300571 or at dia@leobaeck.org.il
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