Hand in Hand communities in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Beit Berl are celebrating Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday celebrating trees and nature.
In the Jerusalem, pairs of first and fourth graders sat together under an olive tree and practiced reading in Hebrew and Arabic and decorated art projects with words like “giving” “friendship” “respect” “peace”, which they took home with them. At the same time, the parents met in the library and had a dialogue session. They discussed the relationship between humans and land, their own relationship with land as well as its connection to national identity.
In Beit Berl the community planted an oak tree and carob tree, both of which takes many years for their fruits to bear. "This symbolizes our deeply held belief that many more generations of Jewish and Arab children will continue to live and learn together while enjoy these trees." - Adi, Preschool Director
Happy holidays everyone!