Tu B'Shevat may be a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar but it has blossomed in the modern era as a time to connect with Israel and the environment.
As concern grows over the creeping forces that are destroying our planet, Tu B'Shevat is an apt time to focus on the ecological well-being of the world in which we live.
The abundance of local Tu B'Shevat seders and environmental activity is a testament to the creativity and power even a minor observance can inspire. The traditional ritual of planting a tree through the Jewish National Fund is always a good idea, especially at this time of year. But there is so much more.
So take advantage of the many local celebrations being offered in the area -- from a Michael Solomonov-created seder meal for Hazon, the Jewish environmental group, to the myriad gatherings slated for synagogues and religious schools. Happy Holiday!