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On Sunday, January 16th, Philadelphia’s Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History (The Weitzman) will celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish new year of the trees, with two programs.
Tree Tour of West Laurel Hill Cemetery (in-person)
1 p.m. ET
Tu B’Shevat tour of the beautiful arboretum at West Laurel Hill Cemetery with Arboretum Manager Aaron Greenberg. This tour will focus on prominent evergreen trees, while identifying leafless trees by their bark, branch arrangement, berries, and buds. Special attention will be given to trees with historical significance to West Laurel Hill and Philadelphia horticulture. Attendees can warm up after the tour with a cup of hot cider or mulled wine.
225 Belmont Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Reserve tickets in advance.
$15 GA, $13 Seniors, $10 Members, $7.50 Youth, Free 5 & Under.
Musical Tu B’Shevat Seder (virtual)
In the depths of winter, when cold wind blows against bare branches, trees begin to look toward spring and, hidden beneath the surface, a new melody can be faintly heard. Hadar’s Rising Song Institute and the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History will celebrate the New Year of the Trees by exploring the mystical world of Tu B’Shevat through song! Led by Rebekka Goldsmith and Batya Levine, and featuring musicians Jessie Reagen Mann and Rabbi Micah Shapiro, this unique musical ritual weaves together traditional elements of the kabbalistic Tu B’Shevat seder with modern sonic interpretations and prayers.
Virtual on Zoom, Facebook, and the NMAJH website.
The public is welcome to tune in online for free, with a $10 suggested donation.
ABOUT THE WEITZMAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
Established in 1976, and situated on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. The Weitzman NMAJH presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire. https://nmajh.org