With Tu Bishvat Near, a Tree Grows in Zichron Yaakov

With Tu Bishvat around the corner, a new immigrant from England is planning a tribute to her great-great-grandfather, who started the tradition of planting trees on Jewish Arbor Day.

The tradition of planting trees on Tu Bishvat, the Jewish equivalent of Arbor Day, was started back in 1890 by Ze’ev Yavetz, a school principal in Zichron Yaakov. But anyone searching online for information in English about the man who went on to become a noted Jewish historian and founding father of the religious Zionist movement would be hard-pressed to find much.