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With these trees, we are cultivating not just greenery but hope.
Most years, T’ruah’s Israel fellows — North American rabbinical and cantorial students studying in Israel for a year — mark the holiday of Tu BiShvat by planting trees in two locations: in Israel and in a Palestinian community in the West Bank.
This year, due to the pandemic, many rabbinical schools have suspended their Israel programming, and our program has moved online.
Because we cannot physically plant the trees ourselves, we will be donating funds to local groups planting trees in Haribat Al-Nabi, a threatened Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills, and in West Jerusalem at the Yad b’Yad Bilingual School.
In 2020, the situation on the ground, COVID-19, and the weather conspired to thwart our planting. Instead, our students visited the village of Dayr Aban with the human rights organization Zochrot and learned about the displacement of Palestinians from this village, as well as many others, in 1948.
We also met with representatives of Muslala, a community center for local residents, artists and activists in central Jerusalem. We learned about sustainable urban agriculture and planted a fig tree and herbs in Muslala’s roof garden.
In March, we brought 15 students to Susya in the South Hebron Hills. Accompanied by Breaking the Silence, we had an eye-opening conversation with the women’s collective of Susya, about normalization of the occupation, women’s role in a deep repair process, and their vision for the future.
We planned on planting trees with one of the families there, but the angry sky left the ground soaked and the family asked that we do that on another day and more suitable weather. That was right before the pandemic began.
In 2019, our fellows planted trees at the Yad B’Yad School, a Jewish-Arab school in West Jerusalem, and in a Palestinian village, A-Rakeez, in the Hebron Hills, where they replaced trees that had been uprooted by Israeli settlers.