the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat,
is often called the “New Year of Trees,”
and marks the beginning of spring in Israel
and the birthday of the Knesset.
Growing up in the United States,
I remember receiving dried, hard, brown carob pods
called buxor to chew on, or rather to try and chew.
How different is Tu B’Shevat celebrated in Jerusalem!
Thousands of carob pods fall to the ground untouched.
Stores are filled with many varieties of dried fruit.
Every year I have tried a different spelling of Tu B’Shevat,
so I know language translations are not simple,
but “Dried Plums without a nucleus”?
In honor of Tu B’Shevat,
along with almond trees bursting into bloom,
let us see a bit of what is new for this year.
President Reuven and Nechama Rivlin hosted
a Tu B’Shevat seder for agricultural growers
and representatives of OneFamily.
Orphans who had lost both parents to terror participated with
red and white wines, wheat, figs, pomegranate, almonds
and more, and in the blessings, readings and song.
But that was a small and private gathering,
as for the real streets,
Liberty Bell Park, foliage has been cut back.
This old sculpture was painted bright yellow,
but I hope they used better quality paint than this blue.
The new walking trails along the old train tracks
will be filled with pedestrians and bikers.
New neighborhood gardens are being planted,
similar to this new community garden in Baka.
Long awaited, this improved play ground
is appreciated for its play and climbing features,
and also for its accessibility features,
such as this swing.
A new and important addition are these shade covers
and the fitness equipment.
It took months,
but this improved park will be busy soon.
For years, Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,
was the main green space,
then Gazelle Park opening two years ago.
Gan Haatzmaut, Independence Park
has seen its share of picnics and protesters.
Teddy Park became one of the most popular for its fountain,
but for photographers there is always a new angle.
Near by in Yemin Moshe,
old olive trees were in dire need of re-potting.
And finally there is a serious effort trying to keep
these wonderful green spaces clean.
There is much more happening, but for now,
Happy Tu B’Shevat from Jerusalem.
9 thoughts on “Tu B’Shevat in Jerusalem”
Where is this new and improved park? It looks lovely.
Hope all is well with you.
It is off of Pierre Koenig, between Yehuda and Rivka, under the new buildings of Bustan Baka.
Shabbat Shalom and happy Tu’B’Shevat. I sent this photo journalism out to the entire list of the Jewish Community on our island…I know that many people will find it absolutely beautiful…especially since we have an unseasonal foot of snow and it’s still snowing…our snowdrops and all of the flowers that were peeking up are way under the snow…hopefully to rise again in the weeks ahead.
Once again my thanks for delighting us again with your lovely photos…
Hannah Brown Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
I’m a friend of Hannah’s. Love these messages from Israel to remind us that life there is mostly a joy, the news notwithstanding. Salt Spring Island and Jerusalem move in tandem through the seasons – just not this year…as Hannah notes. Snow still falling.
Michael Thank you. Having lived in Vancouver and Richmond, BC, I appreciate what a big deal snow is for everyone there.
Beautiful! Happy Tu B`Shevat from Japan!!
Thank you. Shabbat shalom to all in Japan
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