January 31, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm
via Zoom

Join us as our whole community comes together to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees! We’ll begin with a seder recognizing the special qualities and lessons we can learn from different kinds of plants. Then, choose from a variety of workshops, including songs, crafts, and a discussion group for teens and adults!

For Zoom link, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

Approximate Schedule:
10:30-10:45 – Welcome, breakout room schmooze, announcements
10:45-11:15 – Seder (NOTE: no life cycle service this week)
11:15-11:30 – Break
11:30-12:30 – Tu B’shvat/KB Day workshops (separate links)

To help with workshop planning, please fill out this survey about workshop participation.

Tu B’shevat Songs, with Zach Mayer
Come sing with Zach! We will learn a special song for Tu B’shevat, and learn how to sing it in harmony. No prior singing experience required!

Tree Photography, with Stan Eichner
Trees are really wonderful to photograph. Learn how to capture powerful images of trees – this workshop will discuss how to best apply important principles of photography to the subject of trees, along with a discussion of some techniques specific to trees.  All skill levels are welcome. Here’s a link to a set of tree images that will be used in the workshop.  https://staneichner.smugmug.com/Trees  “Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” Kahlil Gibran 

Budding Curiosity: Identifying Winter Trees, with David Meshoulam
Did you know trees in winter have secret clues to their identity? Their buds!!  Come to this family workshop, learn about the secrets of winter trees, and head out to identify the trees around your home.  How many different types of trees can you find?

Aim Low: Strategies and Challenges for Getting to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions, with Ryan Katofsky
The energy transition is already underway: U.S. coal consumption is down 50% from its peak in 2007, and solar energy use is up more than 1,500% in the same period. Still, in order to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, we need to greatly accelerate clean energy deployment. We’ll explore the key strategies for economy-wide decarbonization, review recent progress in clean energy, and discuss how local action is needed to help implement these ambitious targets.

Social Justice Discussion Group for Youth and Adults, with Mattie Jodoin-Siegel
Details to come.

Teen Climate Action Group, with Roz Patterson
Join with other teens to learn about KB’s new Climate Action Group.  Talk about your concerns and work together to brainstorm actions.  This group will continue meeting regularly.
Arts and Crafts Activity, with Emily Farbman & Scott Gelber
Did you know that trees are believed to communicate with each other? With the help of fungi in the earth and diversity of species, forests survive and flourish by sharing resources, protecting weaker seedlings, and warning each other of threats. Just like communities of people, forests can do better and be stronger through systems that help them stay connected. Using this concept, we’ll use collage and drawing techniques to create our own interconnected forest networks of support.

Large piece of sturdy paper
Colored construction paper
Magazine and newspaper, both print and images
Glue or glue stick
Drawing materials — colored pencils, crayons, markers

Fruit Prints, with Frances Lasday
Tu B’shvat celebrates the coming of the first fruits. One of the ways we celebrate this holiday is by gathering to eat lots of different fruits during a special meal. In this workshop we will check out the insides of different fruits and vegetables and use them to decorate a plate or placemat, to decorate our tables for when we eat our Tu B’shvat meal. This workshop is meant for students in K-3rd grade, with their families.

Materials needed:
Paint- tempera for paper, or acrylic/fabric paint for fabric
Various fruits/vegetables cut in different ways to make interesting shapes
Canvas- paper (maybe a paper plate, or piece of cardstock- but can be anything) or fabric of some kind.