Tu Bishvat at JTS

JTS Green Initiatives
Sustainability Pledge
Tu Bishvat Study Session
JTS Student Activism
Tu Bishvat Resources
From The Library

Green Initiatives

At The Jewish Theological Seminary, the teachings of Torah and the issue of sustainability have intersected in our efforts to preserve and conserve Earth's precious resources.

Explore all of our community's eco-friendly efforts on the JTS Green Initiatives page.

Sustainability Pledge

Show your commitment to a cleaner world by signing the JTS Sustainability Pledge below. Help us enable the next generation to truly say, "The bush was not consumed."

Tu Bishvat Study Session

This study session, developed by Rabbi Andrew Shugerman, rabbinic fellow, JTS Florida Development Office, explores eating as a Jewish spiritual practice through a mystical ceremony developed for celebrating Tu Bishvat (the Fifteenth of Shevat), the New Year of the Trees.

Download the study session PDF.

Student Activism

Rabbinic student Mikie Goldstein describes what goes into the JTS student-run Tu Bishvat seder:

Joshua Rabin, JTS senior rabbinical student and MA candidate at The Davidson School, has published a Jewish environmental sourcebook in conjunction with USY.

See a sample of this innovative learning resource.

To order your copy, please contact:

Amy Dorsch, Education Coordinator
USCJ Department of Youth and Young Adult Services
(212) 533-7800 x1115


The JTS EcoReps is a student group dedicated to raising environmental awareness among our student population. The JTS EcoReps have planted a rooftop garden at 3080 Broadway.

See a slideshow of the planting process and bountiful harvest:

Tu Bishvat Resources from The Library

With the largest collection of hebraica and Judaica in the Western hemisphere, The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary has a wealth of resources to help celebrate the holiday.

The selections below on Books and Music were curated from The Library's collection and we invite you to visit The Library to explore them in depth.


Title Author Call Number
Tu b'Shvat: A mystical seder for the New Year of trees Bergman, Yehoshua BM695.A7 B47
Trees, earth, and Torah a Tu b'Shvat anthology Elon, Ari BM695.T9 T74 1999
Hagadah shel u bi-Shevaṭ: Tu B'shvat Haggadah Hefter, Seymour BM695.A7 H4 1975
OVERSIZE BM695.A7 H4 1975


Title Composer Call Number
Tu b'shvat melodies / Purim melodies Lipsker, Eli Music Collection
M2017.6 .T9 1978
Hamisha Asar Bish'vat songster [Shiron le-Ḥamishah aśar bi-Shevat]


Sheet Music Coll M1850.J5 H36 1942

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