Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop is an unaffiliated
Jewish congregation, whose services and practices nominally follow the Conservative tradition. We provide
a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for our congregants and visitors. The Congregation is committed to
preserving Jewish values and traditions.
The Temple is located just north of Boston and is adjacent to East Boston,
Logan Airport, Revere, and Chelsea. Winthrop has a population of approximately 20,000, is largely
residential and is a peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean to the East and Boston Harbor to the West.
Public transportation provides convenient low cost access to Boston,
while road access to Boston, points west and south is provided by 3 tunnels below Boston Harbor.
Points north of Boston, including New Hampshire and Maine, are easily reached by highways adjacent to Winthrop.
PRESIDENT: Sandra (Goldstein) Pellegrino
VICE PRESIDENTS: Dana Stone, Steven Miller
TREASURER: Dana Stone
Tu B'Shevat is the Jewish 'New Year for Trees'. It is one of the four Jewish new years (Rosh Hashanahs).
On Tu B'Shevat we often eat fruits associated with the Holy Land, especially the ones mentioned in the
Tu B'Shevat is a transliteration of 'the fifteenth of Shevat', the Hebrew date specified as the new year for
The Torah forbids us to eat the fruit of new trees for three years after they are planted. The fourth year's fruit
was to be tithed to the Temple.
And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count
the fruit thereof as forbidden; three years shall it be as forbidden unto you; it shall not be eaten. And in the
fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy, for giving praise unto the LORD. But in the fifth year may ye eat
of the fruit thereof...
- Leviticus 19:23-25
Tu B'Shevat was counted as the birthday for all trees for tithing purposes: like the beginning of a fiscal year.
It gradually gained religious significance, with a Kabbalistic fruit-eating ceremony (like the Passover seder)
being introduced during the 1600s.
In the 16th century, kabbalists, developed a seder ritual conceptually similar to the Pesach (Passover) seder,
discussing the spiritual significance of fruits. This custom spread primarily in Sephardic communities, but in
recent years it has been getting more attention among Ashkenazim.
We eat plenty of fruit on Tu B'Shevat, particularly the kinds associated with Israel. The Torah praises seven
'fruits' in particular: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.
A short blessing is recited after eating any fruit. A special, longer blessing is recited for the fruits mentioned
in the Torah.
At the Tu BíShevat seder, it is traditional to drink four cups of wine. The First Cup of Wine is all white wine
and symbolizes winter and when Godís energy infused the creation process with initial life.
The Second Cup of Wine is mostly white, with a little red mixed in, to symbolize the passing of the seasons and
the mystical concept of formation and birth, often associated with water.
The Third Cup of Wine is mostly red with a little of white mixed in and symbolizes once again the change of
seasons and the mystical concept of creation.
The Fourth Cup of Wine is all red, symbolizing the mystical concept of fire and the idea that within all living
things dwells a spark of God.
For Tu BíShevat, some Jews plant trees or collect money towards planting trees in Israel.
This year, 2017, Tu BíShevat begins at sunset on Friday, February 10 and ends at nightfall Saturday,