Tu B’Shevat: From the forest to the garden

Wilderness Torah’s annual Tu B’Shevat in the Redwoods is one of the many Bay Area events scheduled this year for the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, which begins at sundown on Friday, Jan. 25.

Tu B’Shevat in the Redwoods runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills. Highlights include a morning seder for adults in a small grove of redwoods, a simultaneous adventure in the forest for kids ages 4 to 12, and a special role for teenagers. Several more activities are planned for after lunch, including a Tu B’Shevat musical journey featuring the band Octopretzel, a guided nature walk and text study. Tickets start at $20. For information, visit www.wildernesstorah.org or call (510) 926-4648.

Participants gather in dappled light for a seder at last year’s Tu B’Shevat in the Redwoods.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Urban Adamah offers the 21-and-over crowd a Tu B’Shevat Farm Seder. Casey Yurow, the nonprofit’s education director, will lead the event, billed as “an evening of sensory exploration and mind/body alteration through a journey of the seven sacred species and the liquors and libations they produce. Not for the timid.”

Other holiday events include Tu B’Shevat planting and gardening sessions — one at Buena Vista Park in San Francisco and another at Ortega Park in Sunnyvale. Two Tu B’Shevat seders in Berkeley will feature fruits and vegetables from Israel, and an event at the Peninsula JCC in Foster City will include fruit tasting and seeds to take home.

Details on these and other Tu B’Shevat events can be found in the calendar section.