Every year JNF UK runs its annual Green Sunday appeal to coincide with the Jewish festival of Tu Bishvat, which celebrates nature in general and trees in particular. 2021, however, saw the appeal also coincide with the continued presence of Covid-19. With the country under lockdown, JNF UK wanted to provide children with a variety of activities to still mark the day despite the circumstances they were under. We were delighted to see all the creative responses – here are just some of them!
Brushes for Tu Bishvat
JNF UK ran a competition with online art teacher Mr Tim Anders for children between the ages of 5 and 13. The young artists used their newly learnt skills to paint a tree, in honour of Tu Bishvat, with the winners having a tree planted in Israel by JNF UK in their name. You can see the three winners (from years KS1,2 and 3) below:
Ella Century, KS1
Etz Chaim School
Hertsmere Jewish Primary School
Callie Diskin, KS3
We also ran a second competition for older children – taking a photo that captured the spirit of Tu Bishvat. We received a lot of beautiful photos of trees, and were really impressed by the sheer variety of submissions. Darcy had the winning shot, and will have a tree planted in her name in Israel, as well as getting a build-your-own camera kit.
King David High School, Manchester
King David High School. Manchester
Great work from Gesher!
Last but not least, we love this tree from pupils and teachers at the Gesher Primary School. We think this wonderful piece of art truly capture of the magic of Tu Bishvat! This is the explanation of the meaning behind the tree: