GOSHEN — Tot Shabbat is a program for toddlers, and preschool age home with their parents at Chabad of Orange County in Goshen. The program takes place every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Rivkie Borenstein runs an hour of play, songs, music and shabbat crafts. The children end up making Challah and painting it with egg wash. To join the Feb. 21 or 28 week session, email Borenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week they celebrated Tu B'shvat, a one day Jewish holiday of the "New Year for the Trees." It is a day celebrating agriculture and eating fruit. They attach special significance to this holiday because Kabbalah explains "Man is [compared to] the tree of the field."
At Chabad Hebrew School in Goshen the children celebrated with a full on birthday party for the trees, complete with a tree birthday cake, a tree bark craft and a "good action leaf pledge" added to the tree.
Chabad in Goshen also hosted a night for ladies planting succulent gardens in honor of the holiday. Borenstein gave a kabbalistic class on potential and actuality.