Fall 2020

Tu Bi-Shevat & Tisha B’Av Resources

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Articles

MUSIC THAT ROCKS THE PRE-SCHOOL CLASSROOM | Lisa Baydush
Lisa Baydush offers creative ways for pre-schoolers to engage musically with the holiday of Tu bi-Shevat. From interactive songs to props and movements that make the songs pop, she shares her favorite pre-school songs for this holiday.

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HAVRUTA WITH A TWISTMerav Berger
This article describes a method of havruta that integrates expressive-arts processes and traditional Jewish study methods to enhance and deepen learning for all ages. The article outlines the theories and practices of the method, nicknamed HavrutArt, and provides examples from the field, including in-person sessions with a fourth-grade class and a group of kindergartners, as well as an online format focused on Tu bi-Shevat with a group of Jewish educators. The article also shares a link to an eBook created in the online workshop.

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A GUIDED TOUR OF THE TEMPLES WE MOURNEverett Fox
The article presents a short virtual tour through the First and Second Temples, with descriptions of their appearance and function, in order to get a sense of what we mourn for on Tisha bi-Av.

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TU BI-SHEVAT NATURE WALK Cherie Koller-Fox
In this article, the author examines an exciting alternative to the Tu bi-Shevat seder for schools. It proposes a cycle in which this walk alternates with the traditional seder format and discusses how the elements of the seder can be found in the outdoors, even during a New England winter.

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TU BI-SHEVAT IN THE ECE CLASSROOM Leora Lazarus
Tu bi-Shevat is a festival accentuating the value of teaching children about the natural world. Through the lens of Bal Tashchit, do not waste, they learn to take care of our planet. With a focus on process vs. product, the article explores examples of activities relevant to the festival.

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MUSICAL MIDRASH AND TALMUDIC TUNES – EDUTAINMENT FOR ADULT LEARNERS Lawrence Mark Lesser
This article describes a proof-of-concept model for writing and sharing songs that integrate music with Jewish texts to work across denominations and levels of Jewish knowledge.  While addressing the topic of “Major Challenges Facing Jewish Education,” timely connections also are made to racism, Tu bi-Shevat, and Tisha bi-Av.

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INTERWEAVING TU BI-SHEVAT: THE GIFT OF AN INTERFAITH SEDER Cherie Karo Schwartz
This article describes many of the author’s early creations of Tu bi-Shevat seders within her community and focuses on a special celebration: a Tu bi-Shevat seder created for members of her synagogue and members of the church where they held High Holiday services, as a gift of gratitude for them.

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MULTI-GENERATIONAL TU BI-SHEVAT | Neil Schwartz and David Schwartz 
In these times, many of our students are learning at home. Therefore, the opportunity to do intergenerational and multi-generational learning should be seized. Many Jewish holidays offer “hands-on” activities. This article lays out ways to do that around the holiday of Tu bi-Shevat. It presents an “intergenerational mystical seder” and multigenerational activities that could be interspersed with it or done at a different time.

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LO ALECHA HA-MELACHA LIGMOR: THEOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGEPaul Solyn
All mainstream expressions of Judaism permit awareness of climate change and action to mitigate it, but none provides a complete toolkit for understanding and responding to it. This article introduces Jewish sources for a biocentric view of the universe and suggests additions to Jewish practice that such a view would engender.

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MUSSAR AND TISHA BI-AV | Ira F. Stone
The article discusses the relationship between Tisha bi-Av and Mussar, the history and development of Mussar as a literature and as a practice, and contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Mussar.

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MENUCHAT HA-NEFESH (EQUANIMITY)- STRENGTHENING YOUR ABILITY TO STAY BALANCED IN A CHAOTIC WORLD | Sonia Voynow
This article provides a brief introduction to Mussar as studied at the Center for Contemporary Mussar (CCM). It offers a look at some basic Mussar concepts and experiences of Mussar practice through working with the middah (character trait) of menuchat ha-nefesh, or equanimity.

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SEASONS OF OUR JOYFUL JUSTICE- CAN THE JEWISH FESTIVALS HELP HEAL OUR WOUNDED MOTHER EARTH? | Arthur Waskow
Enjoy this brief video clip, taken from Arthur Waskow’s Summer of NewCAJE workshop session of the same name. Waskow is a Jewish ecological pioneer, and this excerpt comes from the opening session of our day-long Tu Bi-Shevat program as part of our virtual conference in 2020.

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