“New Year of the Trees”

Sunday, February 12, 2012

10:00am – 12:00pm

Update – The event was a great success. Klehm was proud to take part. We’ve posted some photos to our Facebook page.

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As part of our Community Trees Program, Klehm Arboretum will join students of Temple Beth-El Religious School, the¬†Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford and the Rockford Park District in celebrating¬†Tu B’Shevat: “New Year of the Trees” or Jewish Arbor Day.

To celebrate the importance of trees for personal and societal well-being, students of Temple Beth-El Religious School will share foods that come from trees; plant seedlings; and pledge to plant a tree in their community. The events will mark the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, or “New Year of the Trees.” Historically in Israel Tu B’Shevat was tied to the fruiting of trees.

“Students will share their favorite tree-foods such as cherries and apples to help them associate trees with nourishment – both nutritionally and spiritually,” says Sherry Dreyfuss, President of the Jewish Federation.

According to Rabbi Binah Wing, “Today, Tu B’Shevat is a holiday to honor our relationship to the earth and encourage its good stewardship, especially that of our trees.” Students will learn about the meaning of the holiday by a short story reading, Pearl Plants a Tree, and through discussion and activities. The celebration is part of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s new Community Trees Program which aims to cultivate affection for community trees and spark actions to plant and care for trees in the Rockford area.

Students will decorate clay pots and plant tree seedlings provided by the Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory and Atwood Environmental Education Center programs. Additionally, the students of Temple Beth-El pledge to work together to plant a tree in the spring.

“It is exactly the kind of partnership we need to build support for community trees,” says Klehm Board President Alise Howlett.