Activities will be held in about 20 different communities around Israel. The activites will encourage each community's diverse population groups to meet - young and old; native and immigrant Israelis; religious and secular. Activities will be based on the content printed on our Shabbat table runners, as well as an accompanying card game. There will be public Tu Bishvat seders, workshops and singing circles too!
In the Diaspora:
KKL-JNF emissaries in 41 countries around the world are busy distributing a unique activity kit that requires no technology to operate – a special runner for the Shabbat table printed with a plethora of graphics and fun activities. Produced in 5 different languages, the table runner kit is designed to encourage conversation and engagement in the values of climate change, sustainability and Shabbat in a playful and humorous way, creating food for thought that will accompany the Shabbat meal. Each runner is printed on canvas for multiple use, and packed in recycled packaging.
Sar Shalom Jerbi, Director, KKL-JNF Education & Community Division:
"Tu B'Shvat and Shabbat are symbols of consensus both in the State of Israel and in Jewish communities around the world.
"This year, the world is [still] suffering under the shadow of the corona pandemic. That’s why it’s so important to bring hearts and minds together and strengthen the connection between the Jewish people in Israel and in the Diaspora.
"I invite everyone to download the rich kit of activities we have created, and to gather around the Shabbat table to enjoy and learn about the Tu B'shvat holiday, Shabbat and the KKL-JNF values of Zionism, environmental responsibility and more, in a creative and experiential way. This is a great opportunity to break free from the daily stress imposed by the pandemic and to focus on the holiday and the blessed Shabbat."
Dr. Ruth Kabsa-Abramson, CEO, Shabbat UNPLUGGED
"Shabbat [when you pause your weekday activity] is a remembrance of the act of Creation – ‘Zecher LeMaase Bereishit’. It’s inherently a 'green day' that contributes to protecting the environment. This year there is a unique opportunity to engage with these values, in connection with the year of the Shmita.
"The National Institute for Shabbat, Society and Economics promotes Shabbat as a national symbol, and unifies Jewish identity in Israel and worldwide around the concept of Shabbat as a Jewish value.
"We are delighted with the fruitful cooperation established with KKL-JNF, which teaches about the direct connection between the values of Shabbat and those of sustainability and the fight against the climate crisis."