This past Monday the Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape SAJBD) collaborated with Herzlia Junior High School and the Friends of Van Riebeeck Park to plant four yellowwood trees in Jan Van Riebeeck park.
The Jewish calendar acknowledges the importance of trees through the Festival of Tu B’Shevat, also known as the New Year of the trees and Rabbi Justin Swaine addressed the pupils.
“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,” said Rabbi Swaine about the importance of building up the environment for future generations to come.
Ward 77 councillor Francine Higham attended the event to show her support for the initiative.
The Cape SAJBD will also be hosting an online panel discussion about 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, in celebration of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, will take place on Tuesday, February 8, from 6pm to 7.30pm.
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