Tu B’Shvat Seder With the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

Top Pick January 20, 2019 Boston Free
The Rev. Mariama White Hammond of Bethel AME Church (Photo: Jacobi Cunningham)
The Rev. Mariama White Hammond of Bethel AME Church (Photo: Jacobi Cunningham)

Modeled after the Passover seder, the Tu B’Shvat seder joyfully celebrates the new year of the trees with words and song and fruitful bounty, giving mystical interpretation to a variety of fruit types that help us to look at our ways of being in the world and at the beauty and vulnerability of the world itself.

On the eve of the Rev. Martin Luther King Day, we will be joined by the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond. In the rich context of the seder, she will weave together the work of Dr. King with the call of the present moment. With deep emphasis on the human and the earth, Adam and Adamah, the seder offers powerful invitation to explore the nature of our relationship with the entire ecosystem that sustains the Tree of Life, the web of life itself and every living creature.

The Rev. Mariama is a fellow of the Green Justice Coalition and pastor of New Roots AME Church, a passionate and compassionate activist, and an eloquent and inspiring teacher.

Practical information and your role:

The seder is a cooperative effort. If your last name begins with these letters, please bring any of the following:

  • A-G: Figs, grapes, apples or pears
  • H-R: Dates, olives, plums, peaches or avocados
  • S-Z: Pomegranates, melons, coconuts, oranges, kiwis or nuts (in the shell)

We will also need a good supply of white and red wine and grape juice to help us journey from the dormancy of winter to the fullness of the harvest. Therefore, please bring a bottle of kosher wine or kosher grape juice; A-K: red and L-Z: white.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
43 Lochstead Ave
Boston, MA 02130

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