Top 5: Tu Bishvat activities in Jerusalem

There are so many excellent ways to celebrate – from planting a tree to enjoying a gourmet holiday-inspired meal.

Giraffe (370) (photo credit: Oren Goldberg)
Giraffe (370)
(photo credit: Oren Goldberg)
Tree planting at the Biblical Zoo
Spending an afternoon at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo in Malha is an easy and enjoyable way to get a little closer to nature in Jerusalem. This year the Zoo is celebrating Tu Bishvat a few days after the actual holiday with a tree planting party for the whole family.
The planting will take place at the Zoo's wolf exhibit, which is anticipated to open this coming spring. The event includes an arts and crafts workshop using materials from nature, as well as other workshops and snacks.Situated on beautiful, tranquil grounds, the Biblical Zoo makes a great day out for those who enjoy animals (many endangered species), beautiful flowers and trees.
Address: 1 Derech Aharon Sholov, Jerusalem Phone: (02) 675-0111 Date: February 1 Time: 12:30p.m.–3p.m.Tu Bishvat at Inbal Jerusalem Hotel
Celebrate Tu Bishvat through the palate and indulge in a festive meal at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel's Sofia Restaurant. The Hotel is offering an indulgent holiday-themed meal that was put together especially by the Hotel's head chef Moti Buchbut.
The special menu will include chocolate balls filled with crème brulee, macaroons and dried fruit with pear cubes, and lots more. The Tu Bishvat-inspired menu will be available until the end of January.Address: 3 Jabotinsky Street, Talbiyeh Phone: (02) 675-6666
When: Until January 31
Gazelle tour
A unique way to celebrate Tu Bishvat is with a visit to the herd of deer that have made their home in the middle of Jerusalem, surrounded by major roads on all sides.
You can experience this special and extraordinary phenomenon by taking a walk and tour through the area with the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). The sweet gazelle can be accessed at the major intersection of Herzog and Tzomet Pat Road. Tours are by advance reservation.Address: Corner Herzog and Tzomet Pat Road Phone: (02) 653-7374; 052-386-9488 (reservations) When: January 24 (2p.m. – 4:30p.m.) and January 25 (11:30 a.m. – 2p.m.)
Tu Bishvat elections at Botanical Gardens
In honor of the recent elections and the holiday of Tu Bishvat, the Botanical Gardens are holding elections where visitors get to vote for their tree of choice. One day of voting already took place on Election Day but more fun and festivities will take place this Shabbat. The winner of the democratic elections will be published on the Botanical Gardens Facebook page after polls have closed.All activities are included in the regular entrance fee.
Situated on the southern edge of Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus, the Botanical Gardens offer a spectacular, vast expanse of greenery with plant life from each continent of the world. Address: 1 Yehuda Burla Street Phone: (02) 679-4012
Tree planting with the JNF
Join the thousands of school children, families and other groups who make their way to forests and woodlands around this time to plant saplings to mark the festival of Tu Bishvat.
One of the most traditional ways to celebrate this holiday in Israel is planting trees with the Keren Kayemet LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). It is a simple way to connect to the environment and makes for a pleasant day out. Tree planting and related events are taking place all over Jerusalem and Israel, so make sure to call to find out more about what's happening near to you.
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