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Grow Like Trees

Last month we gathered to celebrate Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish festival known as the "New Year of the Trees." This festival has great significance, not only in connection with nature, but also as a metaphor for the growth and connection within our growing community.

Tu B'Shvat traditionally marks the awakening of trees from their winter dormancy and symbolizes the renewal of life. As we celebrated this festival last month, we were reminded of the parallels between the flourishing of nature and the growth we are experiencing as a community. Like the trees that bloom again, the Dresden Jewish Community continues to thrive thanks to the support and commitment of every member. We also think with the same feelings about our partner community in Basel, which fortunately is in a similar situation.

Just as Tu B'Shvat encourages us to reflect on our connection to the environment, it also encourages us to consider the growth and connectedness within our community. Our celebrations are not only a moment of joyful celebration, but also an opportunity for growth and learning. In shared moments, for example, we explore the meaning of Tu B'Shevat and its relevance to our lives. The insights we gain from these shared meetings serve as nourishment for the intellectual and spiritual roots of our community.

As we delve into the essence of Tu B'Shvat, we should carry forward the spirit of sustainability. Just as we care for our environment, we should also promote practices in our community that promote inclusivity, understanding and support. By cultivating a sustainable foundation, we ensure our community thrives for generations to come.

We have a number of exciting events and activities planned for the future that will deepen our connections and support the continued growth of our community. From cultural celebrations to exciting discussions, there is something for everyone. Pay attention to our calendar and sow the seeds of shared experiences with us.

In this cold winter season and in these dark times for Jewish people worldwide, we must not forget that the future will be brighter, warmer and better, but now is the time to plant the seeds for a better future. Now it's time for us to put something small in the ground; we invest in something like a small seed with positive hope and an eye to the future because we know that it will grow into something good.

May the spirit of Tu B'Shvat continue to inspire us as we cultivate the roots of our community. Together, let's cultivate an environment where every member is a valued part of our shared journey.

I wish you all a month full of growth, connection and joy.

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