On Friday, January 22nd, following a very special Shabbat Service with over 30 visitors from Moscow and New York, Ohel Avraham conducted its annual Tu B’Shvat Seder.
Congregation Ohel Avraham was pleased to host a packed Friday night service, including a large number of international visitors: 15 students from the ORT Moscow Middle School (a joint Israeli-Russian exchange program) and 16 participants of the Tenth Annual “Vacation with Soul,” a volunteer program founded by Carol and Steve Doppelt, part of the Haifa-Boston partnership.
The service was followed by Ohel Avraham’s annual Tu B’Shvat Seder, which was held at the Leo Baeck Education Center’s Beit Midrash. The Seder was coordinated by Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellen and Rabbi Gabriel Dagan, with special guest Professor Emeritus Amotz Dafni from the University of Haifa, a recognized expert in ethnobotany.
Featured was a beautiful slide presentation about the preservation of nature prepared by Rabbi Dafni-Kellen and designed by congregant / Leo Baeck graphic artist Meital Riskin. The presentation included Israeli songs and quotes from Biblical sources about trees and the foods that we eat on Tu B’Shvat.
Leo Baeck music teacher Boaz Sternberg led 50 congregants in Israeli songs about nature, and children from the congregation had the opportunity to perform solos for the congregation with Boaz accompanying them on his guitar.
The program concluded with a vegetarian-dairy potluck.