It is the Hebrew month of Shvat and that means that the next Jewish holiday is Tu b'shivat: the celebration of Trees. This year it starts on Sunday night, January 20 and goes into Monday, January 21 which is coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr Day.
A Tu b'shivat seder can be a lot of fun (and delicious too!). It is full of symbolic foods and much less text-heavy than the Passover seder. You can either just eat representative fruits and nuts for each of the four parts of the seder, or you can incorporate the foods into a full meal. I've done it both ways.
Our small chavurah where we used to live would have a Tu B'Shevat seder annually. Now we are in a bigger place with a synagogue plus Chabad plus Hillel, and nobody is doing it. Sigh. I don't know if I can pull one together in a week, when there appears to be no interest.
It varies from year to year as to whether anyone from my congregation decides to organize a Tu Bishvat seder. There isn't going to be a congregational seder this year. Last year the couple who did it used an Israeli-centered resource: Israel Forever Tu B'shevat Seder This was appropriate since all three of their children have made Aliyah. They all served in the IDF, they all continued to live in Israel after their service, the two older boys have married in Israel, and now they have a grandchild in Israel too. Other members in my congregation keep asking them when they are going to move there too.
Simcha: Since your husband is Israeli and one of your daughters lives there too now, I would think that you might especially like the above resources. Sorry that I couldn't find them to post earlier. Good luck in pulling together a seder.
In past years, I have hosted Tu B'shvat seders at my home for up to 14 people, but my husband is busy on Sunday night and I expect to be busy shoveling snow on Monday.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2019 2:59:35 GMT -5 by Debbie B.