Tree-huggers’ holiday
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Tree-huggers’ holiday

JNF takes a look back at archival footage of Tu Bishvat celebrations

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

A still from Keren Kayemet's film archive (photo credit: KKL)
A still from Keren Kayemet's film archive (photo credit: KKL)

It’s Tu B’shvat time, the new year of the trees, a Mishnaic holiday that has become a national ecological event.

This year, the original Israeli tree huggers, Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael, also known as the Jewish National Fund, are celebrating their 110th anniversary with a compilation of archival footage from Tu B’shvat celebrations and KKL projects in the years before Israel’s statehood.

The films are being shown at cinematheques throughout the country.

Take a look at some of the first cheesemakers, milking cows with the dulcet tones of ‘Hava Nagila’ playing in the background.

 

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