On Sunday 28th January PLJC celebrated the festival of Tu B’shevat, the New Year for Trees!
As we did last year, we visited at the Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough and there was a good turn out of community members and friends.
The weather was kinder to us this year as we went out into the gardens to watch the planting of the two Magnolias trees we had donated hospice. Our community children did a fantastic job with the planting as we sang Hashkediyah Porachat.
All the trees were positioned in areas close to the part of the building where they will be visible from hospice residents rooms and hopefully will bring some pleasure to all who see them.
We then headed back indoors and as it’s traditional to celebrate the festival by eating fruits and nuts, and we were celebrating the event in the afternoon this year, we had asked if some of the members contributions of fruits and nuts were baked in cakes to eat ! So after Vivienne led a brief service from the siddur, with help from our Cheder students with the readings, we enjoyed a delicious selection of cakes and fruits and nuts. Elaine, the hospice chaplain had kindly arranged tea and coffee provided by the hospice and thanked everyone present for contributing to an inclusive and enjoyable afternoon.