Tu B'Shevat was a big success!
This year, we decided to do something a little different. In addition to the 9th Annual Plant Sale, we added a Day of Service element. Occidental College's Hillel chapter and Gardening group arrived in force and our own Torah School learned a lot about native plants from Garden Committee Chair Jerry Schneider!
Occidental College's Hillel Chapter has emphasized service as a key element of its mission in the community. A cheerful and motivated group of students spent two hours weeding, pruning, planting and generally helping out at the Plant Sale and in the Cooperative Children's Garden at All Saints Episcopal Church down the street. They were joined by an enthusiastic group of students from Oxy's Student Gardeners, who were excited about the prospect of building our own - long planned - Children's Garden outside the steps to Leventon Social Hall, and want to come back often to help!
TBI's Torah School Gan and Mechina students ended normal classes a bit early and came over to the Temple for a little face time with Jerry, who told them all about native plants and their role in our Garden. Did you know that the north end of the front space is the Moses garden? Aren't you curious now?
We managed to raise over $850 for the Temple by selling plants, drinks, and Tu B'Shnacks, got more members excited about volunteering, and even schmoozed some great new prospective temple members - good work, all!