From Arbor Day to Earth Day, global citizens acknowledge the importance of trees and environmental awareness. The Jewish calendar also acknowledges this through the Festival of Tu B’Shvat, also known as the New Year of the trees. On Monday, 24 January, the Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape SAJBD) collaborated with Herzlia High School and the Friends of Van Riebeeck Park to demonstrate our commitment to building a greener Cape Town. Joined by Councillor Francine Higham; Jewish Identity and Community Director of Herzlia, Geoff Cohen; Rabbi Justin Swaine; Gary Anstey, from the Friends of Van Riebeeck Park; and, members of the Cape SAJBD including Vice-Chairperson, Adrienne Jacobson.
In front of an audience of Herzlia’s Grade 7 and 8 pupils, all spoke about the importance of building up the environment not just for our current society, but also for future generations to come. Rabbi Swaine echoed this message, saying just as we sit in the shade of trees from generations before us, we too must plant trees so that our children’s children can use their shade.
Councillor Higham was grateful for the effort that all put into creating a greener and eco-friendly public space in the city. She emphasised the importance of being active citizens and driving eco-education.
The Cape SAJBD looks forward to collaborating in further green events with more partners to build a more sustainable and eco-friendly city for all!
We will also be hosting an online panel discussion discussing climate change and the role of interfaith harmony in shifting global mindset with speakers from the Baháʼi, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths. This event, is in celebration of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week will take place on Tuesday, 08 February 2022, from 18h00 to 19h30. You can book your spot here: https://bit.ly/3nGX2Cb