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A most wonderful Jewish holiday this week is the birthday of the Fruit Trees. Its name, Tu B’Shevat, or the 15th of Shevat (the name of a lunar calendar Hebrew month), isn’t very creative. Tu B’Shevat is observed in a variety of ways, but it’s considered a minor festival since none of our celebrations include synagogue services.

This year, Tu B’Shevat begins at sundown on Sunday, January 16, and concludes at sundown on Monday, January 17.

(Photo by Fran Stone)

Our campus is filled with beautiful trees and foliage but we don’t have fruit trees. Thanks to Cathy Zheutlin, our Spiritual Life Coordinator, and the Life Enrichment department, we can still celebrate the abundance of arboreal delights on our site.

Residents will have the opportunity to plant two dogwood bushes with the Kitah Dalet Aliyah program of Congregation Nevah Shalom and there will be two Tu B’Shevat Seders to celebrate nature.

Below you will find poetry written by Cedar Sinai Park residents Fran Stone and Lilian Steinberg, both of blessed memory. Each were active participants in a poetry and photography class in 2015 and found great inspiration in our Cedar Sinai gardens and forest.

The photos and poems were first published in the fall of 2015 in a resident-produced calendar. We hope you enjoy them!

A Quiet Street

By Fran Stone

A long Path leading to a distant place

Trees reflecting shadows

The shining Sun is the Painter

Making Patterns on the Pavement

 

Trees reflecting shadows

Spring in all its glory

Making Patterns on the Pavement

trees heavy with foliage

 

Spring in all its glory

Greenery yielding Blue Flowers

Trees heavy with foliage

A house peeking through

 

Greenery yielding Blue Flower

Lawn freshly mowed

A house peeking through

Car parked at the curb

A long Path leading to a distant place

The Sleeping Garden

by Lilian Steinberg

No birds

No water

No flowers

A spark of hope in the red shoots

Green frames the altar

For the coming season

Earth

Giver of new life

Prepares

Prepares

Prepares

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