From the CEO: Central Texas Jewish Community Actions Today Create our Jewish Future
As we begin the Gregorian New Year, I am truly thankful for the blessings in my life. Specifically, I am grateful for the many seeds that were planted by this amazing Jewish community.
This month, we will celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shvat. Occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat, Tu B’Shvat is called Rosh HaShanah La’llanot, literally, “New Year of the Trees.” In ancient times, it was when Jewish farmers determined when exactly to produce the fruit of recently planted trees. Modeled after the Passover seder, the Kabbalists (mystics) created a new ritual to celebrate the holiday of the Feast of Fruits, eating fruits and nuts traditionally associated with the land of Israel. Most recently, in an effort to restore the land, the early Zionists used Tu B’Shvat to plant trees, a tradition that continues today in Israel and around the world.
In this issue of The Jewish Outlook, we learn about the many ways that members of our Jewish community are producing life and blessings for people. We celebrate Austin Jewish community members who show that vibrant aging is about attitude, three of whom are proving that life after turning 60 can be a positive and active time.
We feature the Hyman family for their investment in the future of the community through their Generations Campaign support. And we celebrate Lecia Sud for receiving the Jewish Federations of North America 2019 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. The award is given to a woman from each community who exemplifies the spirit of Lion of Judah, an international sisterhood of thousands of philanthropic women of all ages who care deeply about the Jewish future.
As we approach 2019, may we all find ways to partake of the fruit that continues to provide sweetness in our lives and plant new seeds to replenish our future.