Kol Ami: The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Kol Ami's Tu BiShvat Seder, Sunday Jan. 20, 2019, 5-6:30 pm

Kol Ami's Tu BiShvat seder will take place on Sunday Jan. 20, 2019, from 5-6:30 pm. Please join us for this low-key and nature-centric holiday that reminds Jews of our connection to the earth and our role as caretakers of the environment. 

This holiday is also known as Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot, the new year of the trees.

No prior familiarity with these festivities is required to celebrate. All you need to do is arrive ready to eat different types of fruits and nuts and sip grape juice. There will be lots of singing, accompanied by several of our community's wonderful musicians. Rabbi Gilah will lead the seder. We will also plant parsley seeds that hopefully will sprout in time to yield some of the karpas, or greens, we will eat during Passover.

This is an informal celebration but please take a moment if you plan to come to RSVP using this evite link because we'll need a headcount: http://evite.me/A2Aacxsdfm

Kindly indicate below which items you will bring and whether you can help with setting up, cleaning up or with other tasks. There so many simple items to bring and activities to do that many of us will be signing up for more than one thing. If your plans change, be sure to update this list or tell Emily Schwartz Greco, [email protected], who is coordinating this event. In addition, please let her know if you have questions or suggestions and tell her about nut or other relevant allergies we need to be aware of.

Date: 01/20/2019 (Sun.)

Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST

Location: UUCA Activity Room (4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204)

Created by:   Emily Schwartz Greco
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Shelled walnuts (1 lb) (2)

All slots filled
Cameron Vanore
Angela Winter

Pistachios (1 lb) (2)

Bring nuts with shells attached but partly open. We are going to be contemplating nuts and seeds.

All slots filled
Jonathan Baumgarten
Adam Beslove

Dates (2 pints) (2)

Bring intact dates with their pits. We will be talking about pits/seeds etc. during the seder.

All slots filled
Jason Weiss
Shana Harbour

Olives (1.5 lb) (2)

Bring intact olives with their pits. We will be talking about pits/seeds etc. during the seder.

All slots filled
Harriet Epstein
black, brown, or green?
Zachary Schrag

Figs (3 pints)

Emily Schwartz Greco

Grapes (3 lbs)

Erin Bueno De Mesquita

Small, easily peeled oranges like clemintines

We'll need 1 per person. 50 should suffice.

Debra Linick

Fragrant foods and spices

At least 5 cinnamon sticks plus a few other fragrant items used in cooking, like lemons or whole cloves

Emily Schwartz Greco

Bottles of white grape juice (2)

Each person brings about 125 ounces

All slots filled
Erin Bueno De Mesquita

Bottles of red or purple grape juice (2)

Each person brings about 125 ounces

All slots filled
Debra Linick

Paper goods and supplies

Small paper cups, paper towels and sponges.

Grant Vinik
Grant Vinik

Crayons (2)

Bring at least 50 crayons. We need green ones but also other colors. Everyone will be invited to draw trees and other plants during the service. This is a nice way for parents of older kids to purge their art supplies.

All slots filled
Debra Linick
John Staren

Bowls and serving scoops (2)

Reduce waste and make the event more festive by bringing your own items or using Kol Ami's reusable ones, which requires washing, drying and putting them away after the seder.

1 of 2 slots filled
John Staren
4 bowls, 4 scoops

Parsley planting materials

Potting soil, packets of parsley seeds, paper pots, cling wrap, foil, metal baking sheets to contain the mess, and small trowels. Supervise activity.

Emily Schwartz Greco
Thanks, Mindy for supplying these.

Set up tables/help in kitchen (4)

Please arrive by 4:15 pm

All slots filled
Erin Bueno De Mesquita (2)
Dayna Davitz (2)

Clean up (4)

Be sure to send the leftovers home so they aren't wasted

2 of 4 slots filled
Debra Linick
Jim North

Supervise parsley planting

Help kids and adults plant seeds, make sure the activity runs smoothly, keep the planting area relatively tidy


Music supervision

Make sure musicians have what they need to perform and practice in advance

Rabbi Gilah

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