Families across the country engaged in activities to mark Green Sunday, JNF UK’s annual appeal for Israel, which traditionally takes place at the same time as Tu Bishvat. Despite the social restrictions imposed by Covid-19, families were still able to celebrate the festival while raising awareness and donations for the appeal.
This year the focus of the appeal is on raising funds for Israeli families who are experiencing poverty for the first time, due to the economic impact of Covid-19.
One activity, “Be Seen In Green,” saw families dress in green while sharing the campaign with family and friends. JNF UK also ran a competition with online art teacher Mr Tim Anders. 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.
Lady Kestenbaum, Assistant Head at IJDS, commented:
“JNF UK’s activities were used throughout the Independent Jewish Day School in our cross curricular Tu Bishvat day. Top marks for the paint a tree tuition online which was loved by pupils and teachers alike as they created stunning trees at sunset.”
Primary school children also submitted edible pictures created with pieces of fruit, which they then enjoyed eating at their Tu Bishvat meal. These pictures included a dolphin, a hedgehog and steam engine.