Photo gallery: Families celebrate Tu B’Shevat Jewish new year for trees at JW3

16:12 15 January 2014

Alexander (five) makes a creature out of oranges and dried fruit helped by a member of the Israeli Scouts who were on hand to assist at JW3. Picture: Polly Hancock

Alexander (five) makes a creature out of oranges and dried fruit helped by a member of the Israeli Scouts who were on hand to assist at JW3. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

Children and adults have celebrated the Jewish new year for trees

Jewish community centre JW3 in Finchley Road, West Hampstead, staged an afternoon of activities on Sunday.

Visitors enjoyed a range of tree-themed activities for the Tu B’Shevat festival, which marks the beginning of the new year for trees in the Jewish calendar.

Children enjoyed seed-bombing, creating ecosystems in jars, tree-top tales and a tree-inspired art attack. They also spent time in the demonstration kitchen learning about Tu B’Shevat fruits.

Tu B’Shevat is held in the season when the earliest-blooming trees in Israel emerge after winter and start to bear fruit.

Liat Rosenthal, head of community programming at JW3, said: “The Tu B’Shevat family event was, true to its name, blooming marvelous.

“Tu B’Shevat is a great holiday for families to celebrate together – and at JW3 we relish the opportunity to reflect on our relationship with the natural world and inspire young people to become more environmentally conscious.”


Latest News Stories

Conker champions from left are Albert 5, Addison 7, Trey 4. Picture: Dieter Perry

Just a few short years ago, the annual Hampstead Heath annual Conker Championships broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever knock-out conker tournament, when 395 people turned up.

Yesterday, 17:47
Pubs and clubs in London could face having to contribute to the costs of policing and cleaning the streets

Venues which stay open past midnight in Camden may find themselves charged a levy to cover the costs of policing and cleaning the night-time economy.

Yesterday, 16:30
Theo Seddon-Deane, who has cerebral palsy, with mother Catharine Seddon

Theo Seddon-Deane was born at just 26 weeks, weighing less than a bag of potatoes, and needed a ventilator just to keep him breathing.

Yesterday, 15:34
Christopher Matt

Detectives are hunting a convicted sex attacker who has disappeared while on licence from jail.

Yesterday, 13:57
Tom Franklin, Camden Green Party

The chairman of Camden’s Green Party branch has denied sitting down in front of a tank on its way to an arms fair.

Yesterday, 12:57
Pauline Cafferkey as she was discharged from the Royal Free in January

A Scottish nurse being treated at the Royal Free Hospital for a late complication of the Ebola virus is in a “serious condition”, the team treating her has said.

Yesterday, 12:57
New Wetherspoon pub opening in Muswell Hill

A controversial Wetherspoon pub is opening next week on Muswell Hill Broadway.

Yesterday, 12:26
Breda Athan helped treat three Ebola patients at the Royal Free

A senior nurse who led on the treatment of three Ebola patients at the Royal Free Hospital has been honoured at the Nursing Times Leaders awards 2015.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Angharad Baa Stool in Rare Breed.

Great British Life is offering a sheepskin footstool worth £199 to a lucky reader

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder