Several months ago Susan Dilles, a long-time community member and a co-chair of the Northern Virginia regional board for The Jewish National Fund, approached the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and Gesher Jewish Day School about collaborating on Tu B’Shvat programming that would reach adults and families. Susan loves Israel, the environment, JNF (Jewish National Fund), Jewish life in Northern Virginia, and Tu B’Shvat. Her vision was to bring these things all together, and on February 11 and 12, that is exactly what happened.
With efforts led jointly by two community Israeli shluchim (emissaries), Na’ama Gold (JCCNV, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia) and Gefen Chazen (Gesher JDS, Jewish Day School/Olam Tikvah), the Saturday night program brought together over 50 adults for “An Evening to Delight the Senses” featuring kosher wines and an upscale Tu B’Shvat seder at the JCCNV. On Sunday afternoon, the “Family Tu B’Shevat Experience” welcomed over 110 community members of all ages to the Gesher JDS campus, exceeding registration expectations.