Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods

January 20, 2019

Join us in celebrating the New Year of the Trees in the East Bay Redwoods



As the days begin to lengthen, we pause during Tu B’Shvat to celebrate the unseen awakening of spring. Deep within the trees, the sap begins to flow as the trees start their cycle anew.

In the tradition of the Kabbalists (16th century mystics of Tsfat, Israel), we gather in the morning in the forest to create an experiential Tu B’Shvat seder (ceremony) that connects us to the trees and the elements and takes us on a journey from the physical world to the spiritual world. We will delight in p’ri ha-etz (the fruit of the trees) and celebrate the season together through the five senses, song, meditation, and Tu B’Shvat teachings.

In the afternoon, join us for a variety of fun, informative, and inspired Tu B’Shvat offerings.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019; 10:00 am – 3:45 pm
Location: East Bay Regional Park, Oakland, CA (exact site shared upon registration)
Registration: Adult tickets are available on a sliding scale from $36–$72

Advanced Sales Only. No Tickets On Site.



Registration Open Through January 17


Registration Fees

  • $48–$72 for adults
  • $25 for teens ages 11-17
  • $20 for youth ages 4–10
  • $0 for tots ages 0–3
  • HELP SOMEONE ATTEND: Choose a $94 Adult ticket, which includes a $48 tax-deductible donation.

Your registration is not complete until you have paid, ensuring you a spot at the event. Unpaid registrations will be canceled after 48 hours.

Financial Need
We offer a $36 adult ticket (25% off) for those with financial need, which you can select when you register. We also offer Avodah (work-trade) for greater discounts.

Families Enrolled in Wilderness Torah Youth Programs:
We offer 25% off for families enrolled in B’hootz, B’naiture, or Shomrim 2018-2019. Please submit this form to request the discount.

Registration is non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy for more information.

Please read below for information about our Avodah Program and submit an application.

Avodah (work exchange) Program

Please read below for information about our Avodah Program and fill out an application.

We are now accepting Avodah applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Avodah fills quickly. Read the position descriptions below and apply early for greatest choice of positions.

Avodah is intended for those who want to serve and have financial need. If you have financial need and are unable to do Avodah, (due to physical limitation or childcare, etc.) please contact us for special arrangements.

Avodah is an opportunity for folks to help create the village, and is a great way to save money, meet new friends, and play an important role of service at the festival.
Each Avodah role is integral to the health of the whole system. Please read through our Avodah Terms & Conditions before applying for Avodah.

IMPORTANT: The hours you contribute with Avodah serve as payment for the event. If you are absent or late for your shifts, or you do not arrive by the agreed-upon time, your absence affects many others. Therefore, if you do not fulfill your agreed hours, we will ask you to pay the difference after the festival at the rate of $20 per hour.

CANCELLATION: If you register for your Avodah position and then cancel after (one week before event preparations begin), you will be required to pay the lowest adult registration fee and will not be allowed to participate in Avodah at future events. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for emergency situations.

HALF Avodah: 1.5 hours of service for a $20 ticket
FULL Avodah: 3 hours of service for a free ticket
* Combine two HALF positions to create a FULL Avodah ticket

All roles take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 unless otherwise noted.

Loading & Unloading (FULL)
Loading: Friday, January 18, 2–4 pm; Unloading: Sunday, January 20, 5:15–6 pm

Help us pack the truck at our storage shed in North Oakland with everything we will need for the festival and unload it at storage at the end of the day.

Setup (HALF) | 8:15–9:45 am

Help us setup the grove for our Tu B’Shvat seder. This crew will set out fruit platters, open wine bottles, and make the grove cozy for sitting. A few people from the crew will usher participants as they arrive.

Welcoming (HALF) | 8:45 –10:45 am

Be the first to greet festival participants with a friendly smile! A few folks are needed to guide people to the parking lot and help check people in as they arrive. Note: This position will miss the first 30 minutes of the morning seder.

Ushering, Serving & Lunch Transition (FULL) | 9:15 am – 12:45 pm

Before and during the seder you will help usher people to their seats, making sure everyone has a spot. During the seder there will be a few times when you will serve wine/juice and fruit to participants. At the end of the seder you will help clean up the grove and transition to the picnic area. * Note there is a mandatory orientation beginning promptly at 9:15 am for this position

Breakdown (HALF) | 3:45–5:15 pm
Help us finish the day by cleaning up the seder, packing, and loading up the truck to return to storage.

Apply for Avodah



9:00–10:00 am Arrive at East Bay Regional Park Area
10 am – 12:15 pm Experiential Adult Tu B’Shvat Seder
Kid Seders + Programming for Tots, Children & Teens (ages 0–14)
12:15–1:15 pm Picnic Lunch (bring your own) + Optional Sharing Circle
1:30–3:15 pm Afternoon Offerings for All Ages
3:30–3:45 pm Closing Circle

While the adults engage in a morning seder based off the Sephardic Kabbalists in Tsfat, parents can bring their tots (ages 0–3) to Sprout Corner to celebrate the holiday with stories and songs. Kids ages 4–14 (pre-K to 8th grade) are taken off into the forest for an adventure with the Wilderness Torah nature mentors! Teens 9th grade and up will have a special role in either the seder or children’s program. Please inquire to learn more about teen programming.

Adult Seder
Adults will enjoy a guided Tu B’Shvat ceremony in the redwoods that will journey through the physical world into the spirit world with symbolic fruit, wine, movement, and song.

Outdoor Adventure for Kids Ages 4–14
B’hootz and B’naiture mentors will lead children ages 4–14 on a journey into the wilds to experience the beauty of the trees and the holiday for themselves. Learn more!

Sprout Corner for Ages 0–3 with Parents
Wilderness Torah will lead a tot seder and programming with song and music for the little ones. At least one parent or guardian must supervise their tots. Learn more!

Picnic Lunch | 12:15–1:15 pm
After the morning seder, kids’ adventure, and tots’ circle, everyone gathers to eat lunch together (bring your own lunch).

You are invited to eat lunch with friends or join an optional sharing circle. These circles are informal discussion groups around a specific topic and are a great way to meet people with similar interests.

To Be Announced Soon. Watch this Space!


Date: Sunday, January 20
Time: 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019. The program will begin at 10:00 am and end at 3:45 pm. No tickets will be offered onsite. You must register in advance.

Welcoming opens at 9:00 am. Please arrive with enough time to park and settle into the grove before the seder starts at 10 am.

East Bay Regional Parks, Oakland. Specific location, directions, and parking info provided upon registration.

  • We will meet rain or shine. Our seder will take place in a shaded grove where it will be cold and/or rainy. Dress for winter! Bring a warm hat, layers, a blanket for warmth, rain gear, and a warm jacket. It is usually 20 degrees colder in the redwood grove than in the sun.
  • We will be seated on the ground. It may be damp, so consider bringing a blanket to sit on, or an easy-to-carry chair if sitting on the ground is uncomfortable for you.
  • Bring a cup to drink wine or grape juice during the seder.
  • Bring a thermos of tea or other hot beverage if you like.
  • Please bring a bag lunch and any utensils you’ll need.
There is potable water onsite. Please bring a water bottle so you can stay hydrated.