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Trees and culture combine for fun educational experience with Tu B' shavat party

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January 15 marks a Jewish holiday that marks the beginning of a new year for trees. The Children's Garden in Sarasota is celebrating this holiday in the Jewish calendar year with a fun morning of activities on January 18 at 10:a.m. Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota is sponsoring the event along with the Jewish Federation of Sarasota County.

A bagel breakfast will be served, and children will have the opportunity to participate in a planting activity in the Children's Garden. A craft activity will also be of interest. Rabbi Brenner Glickman will lead the children in Shabbat songs and fun movement activities, and a wonderful story about the gifts in nature and trees will be a part of the celebration.

The birthday of trees offers many concepts for early education. Planting and a discussion of what a tree needs to grow present a science lesson. The variety of trees and observing the shapes and sizes of leaves presents an opportunity for an early math and sorting activity. Classification skills can also be a part of learning from trees.

Celebrate the birthday of trees at The Children's Garden and learn about the gift of trees with this fun cultural and educational experience. There are limited free spaces, and a $18 charge after the free spaces are filled. Free spaces are available with advance registration. Interested families may register by calling 941-379-1997, or by email at elaine-glickman@comcast.net.

The Temple would like to remind families that they do not have to be Jewish to celebrate this fun holiday and to participate in the celebratory activities at The Children's Garden.

Check out the included video to learn more about trees. Happy birthday to our trees!

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