Tu BiShvat is a minor Jewish Holiday occuring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, which in 2016 coincides with January 25th. In Pittsburgh the cold abounds, but in Israel it is the season when the earliest blooming trees begin a new fruit bearing cycle. This holiday is also called “Rosh Hashanah La Ilanot” or New Year of the Trees and is one of the four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishna. Tu Bishvat is an ecological awareness day, the Israeli Arbor day, and trees are planted in celebration. The Jewish National Fund (JNF), founded in 1901, has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting more than 250 million trees, building over 240 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 2,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, and connecting thousands of children and young adults to Israel and their heritage.
To celebrate Tu Bishvat at Beth El, our Vav class students made fruit pizzas and said the blessing over the “Fruit of the Tree/Borei pro ha-etz” before enjoying their delicious and beautiful creations!
On Sunday the Toot class got in on the fun, too!
You can celebrate the environment at home by making both fruit pizzas and a donation to the Jewish National Fund.
- Rhodes pareve sweet dough (found in the frozen bread section of grocery store)
- 13 oz jar of marshmallow cream, such as “fluff”
- 8 oz square of cream cheese, at room temprature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Assorted cut up fruit to design a “tree” on the pizza (grapes, berries, etc.)
- Assorted goodies to decorate the pizza (pretzel sticks and mini chocolate chips are Bshul student favorites!)
Prior to cooking, defrost one log of dough and cut each loaf into six “pizza” rounds
Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until fully cooked. Cool.
Whip the fluff, cream cheese and vanilla together to create the icing
Cut up the fruit and put it into separate bowls
Ice each fruit pizza then decorate it to look like a tree or pizza by using pretzel sticks or chocolate chips for the trunk and branches and grapes for leaves. Pomegranate or Berries can be fruit.