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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 

Let’s do our part to honor ... Tu B’Shevat

Want to repair the world a little? With two upcoming holidays — one Jewish, the other secular — now’s your chance.

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday celebrating nature and trees, begins at sunset on Jan. 25. This year, many local Jewish institutions will mark the day with eco-friendly events, some of them boasting a tikkun olam component.

Shalom Bayit, a Jewish nonprofit working to combat domestic violence, will host a community seder on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Oakland’s Temple Sinai, with all donations going toward that organization’s good works.

Chabad of Cole Valley will sponsor a Jan. 27 picnic and tree planting at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park. And on the same day, Wilderness Torah will mark the “new year of the trees” with a family-friendly event that includes a morning seder and a hike through Oakland’s own forest primeval, Redwood Regional Park. There’s no better way to get in touch with nature — and to sharpen our dedication to protect the planet — than to traverse nature’s hushed trails.