Tu Bishvat is mentioned in the Mishna as Rosh Hashanah L’Ilan, the New Year of the Tree. It gained in popularity when the 16th-century Kabbalists in Safed began to hold a Seder Tu Bishvat and eat up to 30 types of fruits, while the Zionists in the 20th century began to plant trees on Tu Bishvat.
This year on Tu B’Shvat, Neve Schechter will host a very special exhibition. It will display photographs taken in the framework of project conducted in partnership with the Neve Tzedek Municipal High School. The project has been running for five years, and the exhibition opening for Tu B’Shvat will be the fifth one held at the Neve Schechter modern art gallery, a highly acclaimed Tel Aviv exhibition space.
The purpose of the trip was to learn about Jewish education in the Diaspora in order to broaden their perspectives on issues of Jewish identity in the State of Israel. I didn’t realize then that the choice to begin my visit specifically here would be a defining moment which would accompany me throughout the week.
Masorti Women in Israel and Diaspora sisters who are visiting Israel are invited to the 19th Regional Masorti Women’s Study Days
This eye-opening encounter with the American Jewry shines a new light on the Israeli participants’ identities, and shapes educators who actively engage with the world of ideas and transmit the appreciation of pluralistic Judaism to their students.
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More than one hundred art pieces by twenty-six Israeli artists will be showcased at the first Contemporary Israeli Art Exhibit and Sale at Neve Schechter on December 13, 2018. All proceeds will benefit Neve Schechter. If you are in Israel, please join us!
Genger family members, Schechter Institutes representatives and TALI educators gathered in Modi’in, for an emotional evening and celebrated the Genger prize.
One Saturday night in November, 1995, I was making havdala with JTS rabbinical students spending a year in Israel Matt Berkowitz, Matt Eisenfeld z”l and Shai Held in their apartment in Rehavia. The calmness of the evening broke down when an urgent announcement of the tragic and unexpected murder of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was made on the radio.