Tu B’Shevat, the new year of the trees, starts Tuesday night, Jan. 30, and ends the next night. Two of the traditional ways to celebrate are to plant trees and to hold a seder involving a feast of fruits. Here are some of the options for observing the holiday around Atlanta.
SUNDAY, JAN. 28
10:30 a.m. — The Davis Academy’s Cub Club, for all children 5 and younger and their parents, offers music, crafts, games and more at the Davis Lower School, 8105 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs. It’s free. RSVP at www.davisacademy.org/cubclub; email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
10:30 a.m. — Jewish National Fund’s JNFuture young professionals group starts the day by volunteering for two hours at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta, then holds its annual Tu Beer’Shvat party at Orpheus Brewing, 1440 Dutch Valley Place, Atlanta, at 1 p.m. You may attend either or both events free. RSVP to email@example.com; contact Arielle Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-410-1483, ext. 946, with any questions.
11:30 a.m. — Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2056 LaVista Road, holds a community seder with food, music and other family activities. The cost is $5. Register at www.yith.org/event/tubshvatseder.
3 p.m. — In preparation for the community tree planting the following Sunday with Trees Atlanta, the Marcus JCC and host Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, hold a rock-painting party for the community. Paint messages and pictures promoting love, kindness and nature on rocks that will be used at the planting. Admission is $5. RSVP at bit.ly/2G86KX5; contact Lauren Chekanow at 678-812-4107 or email@example.com with questions.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31
5 p.m. — The Marcus JCC, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, holds a family celebration aimed at young children, with Rabbi Brian Glusman, activities, samples of fruits and nuts, and a birthday cake for the trees. Admission is free to all. RSVP at bit.ly/2G7Pcdy; contact Rabbi Glusman at 678-812-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
7 p.m. — Jordana Bernhard is the guest speaker at the Jewish Women’s Circle celebration held by Chabad of Peachtree City at the home of the Lews, 219 Kelvington Way, Peachtree City, with wine, salads, exotic fruits and food for thought. Admission is free, but a $15 donation is suggested. RSVP to Shternie Lew at 678-595-9277, or visit www.ChabadSouthside.com.
7 p.m. — The signature Kabbalah & Cocktails program at The Kehilla in Sandy Springs, 5075 Roswell Road, holds a Tu B’Shevat seder, starting with dinner and cocktails and continuing with a lecture at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Kehilla members and $18 for others; admission is free for those who have signed up for the Legends of the Talmud series. Register at www.thekehilla.org/kabbalah-and-cocktails.
SATURDAY, FEB. 3
1 p.m. — Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead, holds a family seder featuring fruits and nuts associated with Israel and four cups of grape juice. The mini-meal is free. RSVP to Brooke Rosenthal at email@example.com; see more details at www.aasynagogue.org/event/tu-bshvat-seder.
9 p.m. — The Cohen Brothers Band provides the music for Havdalah as YJP Atlanta samples the fruits of Israel, kosher wine and kosher cheese at Chabad Intown, 928 Ponce de Leon Ave, Poncey-Highland. Tickets are $5; register at www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-cheese-havdallah-tickets-41575700038.
SUNDAY, FEB. 4
12:30 p.m. — The annual community tree planting arranged by the Marcus JCC, Trees Atlanta and other Jewish partners begins with a Tu B’Shevat celebration with fruits, nuts and other refreshments at Gordon White Park, 600 Hopkins St., Southwest Atlanta, near a newly opened section of the BeltLine, followed by the planting at 1 p.m. Leah Zigmond provides children’s programming. Parking is at 1310 White St. Participation is free; bit.ly/2n70yG7. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Myrtle Lewin at 404-209-3196 for more information.