Many customs grew up around Tu Bi­Shevat. In ancient Palestine, it was cus­tomary to plant a tree when a child was born: a cedar for a boy, and a cypress for a girl. The cedar stood for height and strength, the cypress for tenderness and fragrance. When the children grew up and were married, branches from their own trees were cut and used to support the bridal canopy, for good luck. Between birth and marriage they cared for their own trees. Through this custom everyone learned to love trees.

To attend this event, please contact Esther Miller at with your RSVP and questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

We will celebrate the New Year for the Trees as we share the traditional foods of this Seder:

Assiyah-Nuts and fruits with a tough skin to remind us of the protection the earth gives.

Yetzirah-Fruits with a tough inner core – the world of feelings and emotions.

B’riyah-Fruits that are completely edible – creation – the world of knowing.

Atzilut-The world of spirituality.

We also enjoy four glasses of wine – each of a different color.

2016-17 Board

Naomi Glass



Terry Kraft

Nevona Shabtai

Susan Becker

Esther Miller Jessica Wyman

Sherrill Lief

Melissa Seidner

Leslie White

Nina Balis

Joan Rome

Barbara Meyers

​Eileen Garbutt

​​Karen Alpert

Sorrell Wayne

Sorrell Wayne

Judy Fisher

Tamar Brower

Sunny Gordon Margo Marcus

Nancy Marcus


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VP Programming

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VP Religious Life

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Members at Large

Women of the Year

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Gift Shop

Meal & Spiel

Flower Fund

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Women of Temple Bat Yahm (WTBY), formerly known as TBY Sisterhood, has shaped our congregational life for more than 30 years. WTBY, with more than 200 members, connects us socially and spiritually to our Reform Jewish values and our community. We contribute to our Temple, serve the local community, sustain national and international programs; all accomplished with fun, innovative social and fundraising events. WTBY received national recognition for outstanding achievement in furthering Judaism and Jewish causes, specifically for the Y.E.S. fund benefiting youth, education and special projects.