It was very moving to hear that Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, WA included a Climate Ribbon workshop while celebrating Tu B’Shvat ceremony. (For more info on Tu B’Shvat, please see the next Story below). According to Nomy Lamm, who organized the workshop:
“In connection with Tu B'Shvat, we held a day-long Shabbat service and workshop, dedicated to the element of Earth and the world of Assiyah. We read a Torah portion that told how frightened the people were when they felt G-d speaking to them through the shaking mountain and thundering clouds, and we drew parallels to the fear we feel when we let ourselves listen to the messages coming from the earth through climate chaos. We connected with the Tree of Life and set intentions, painted little terra cotta pots to make loving containers to grow in, and planted little rosemary seeds to nurture.
Toward the end of the day we brought out Climate Ribbons and asked everyone to think about one thing they don't want to lose to climate chaos, and what they are willing to do about it. It was sweet and deep to witness each other naming these things as we tied our ribbons to a tree outside the temple. Thank you for offering this powerful practice, it wove into our day so perfectly, it was just what we needed.”