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Tu B’Shvat Community Kickoff

Sunday, January 24, 1:00-3:00 pm

Drive into the CBI parking lot and start the celebrations!

  • Get a Tu B’Shvat Seder Starter Kit
  • Share Your Tree Stories at and on social media using #OurRootsGoDown
  • Send a Postcard Taking Action on the Climate
  • Park’n’Sing Tree Songs with Aram Rubenstein-Gillis

By coming to this kickoff event, you’ll have all the tools you need to conduct a DIY Tu B’Shvat seder at home and/or to join the CBI Tu B’Shvat seder on Zoom, on Wednesday, Jan 27.  You’ll also get lots of ideas for how to connect to our trees and care for the planet, with events happening week all week long.

The CBI Climate Team, along with Jewish teens in the Sunrise movement, will be sharing postcards that advocate for a healthy climate.

After gathering all the goodies, you’re invited to park your car and enjoy a Tu B'Shvat sing-along. The music will be delivered to your car via the radio using an FM broadcaster and Aram Rubinstein-Gillis, our music educator, will lead everyone.

Don’t want to drive your car?  Good for you!  We applaud your commitment to the planet.  While you won’t be able to hear the music, we’d still love to have you walk or bike through and get all the goodies.

Dayenu Circle Climate Action Launch Party

Monday, January 25, 7:30-8:30 pm

Take action for Climate Justice & launch a new partnership with Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action 

Hosted by the CBI, JCA and Beit Ahavah Tikkun Olam Committees 

Dayenu circles are groups that meet regularly to engage in climate campaigns and to grapple with the spiritual and existential questions raised by the climate crisis.  Follow these links to find out more about Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, and Dayenu Circles

This is both an action meeting and an opportunity to imagine what might be.  Members from at least four different synagogues and several other Jewish groups, will be present.

Who should attend? This invitation is being distributed via Upper Connecticut Valley Jewish communities and networks. Anyone seeking to unite in Jewish community to take action for Climate Justice is welcome and encouraged to attend!

What will happen at this meeting?

1. Turn up the music and BYO festive beverage to toast the launch of our circle!

2. Meet other people from the community who are interested in taking action  

3. Guest speaker Vicki Kaplan, Director of Organizing for Dayenu will discuss Dayenu and the role of Dayenu Circles in working as a connected national group on climate action 

4. Q&A with Vicki Kaplan 

5. Participate in a community climate justice action RIGHT NOW 

6. Music to send us home!

How can I attend?

Monday, January 25 at 7:30 pm Via Zoom

Whom should I contact for more info?

Stan Schapiro, Chair of the CBI Climate Team

Tu B'Shvat Seder 

Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

Register here.

Join online for a joyful, probing and ultimately delicious Tu B'Shevat Seder!  Starting with a cornucopia of fruit and the things we make from them, we will draw on the Tu B'Shevat Seder to explore our connection to creation, each other and beyond with reflections, songs, and different pieces to expand our thinking and consciousness!  And of course, there will be much savoring and laughter as well.

Bring your Tu B’Shvat Starter Kit!

(You can get this at the Tu B’Shvat Community Kickoff on Jan 24, 1:00-3:00 pm) and add any tree fruit and grape juice/wine you have around the house.  

Didn’t get the kit?  Don’t worry! Just grab a piece of fruit  and come join us.  All are welcome!

Tree Walks

Join us for activity-filled tree walks for all ages! Spend time getting to know the trees in our neighborhoods with guided and self-led tree walks.  There are options for Young Families, ALMA Families, and All Folks! See below:


Young Families

Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28 at 10:00 am, 11:15 am, and 2:00 pm each day. Registration required. Register here.

Join Gan Keshet Preschool Director, Kate Holdsworth-Clarke for an outdoor story circle followed by a short nature walk to get to know some of our local tree friends—looking at them up close, talking about how they grow and the many gifts that they provide to the earth. We’ll make bark rubbings, stick sculptures, and create a collective tree poem, too!

This program is especially tailored for young children ages 1-8 and their families, all ages welcome.  Contact Kate with questions:


ALMA Families

January 30, 10:00-12:00pm, Registration required. Click here to register.

Join ALMA teachers and staff on Shabbat morning for a Tu B’Shvat guided tree walk. Sign up here to reserve a time slot for your family. 


Everyone Welcome led by Abundance Farm Staff

January 30, 1:00-3:00 pm. Registration required. Click here to register.

Join Abundance Farm staff for a guided, Shabbat afternoon tree walk,. Sign up yourself, your pod, or your whole family here. 



Take yourself on a walk using the TreeSpeak walk in downtown Northampton, or the Great Tree Bicycle Tour.  Take a picture of yourself with your favorite tree and post it on your favorite social media using #OurRootsGoDown.


Meeting place for each walk to be determined. 

Help Northampton Plant Urban Shade Trees

February 2, 5:30-6:00 pm

 Join via Zoom

Did you know that the City of Northampton, in partnership with Tree Northampton, will purchase, plant and tend a set back tree on eligible properties in the City of Northampton? Come to an information session with Tree Warden, Rich Parasiliti, and Tree Northampton founder and president, Rob Postel to learn about the many ways you can help the city meet its goal of re-leafing the urban canopy!

Sun, January 24 2021 11 Shevat 5781