Washington Celebrates Tu Bishvat

Washington officials and Jewish community commemorate Jewish Arbor day or 'New Year of Trees,' in tree planting ceremony.

Washington celebrated Tu Bishvat, Jewish Arbor day, on Wednesday, in a tree planting ceremony near USDA Washington DC headquarters.

Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA, planted a Dawn Redwood and talked about the importance of urban trees in both Israel and the United States.

'New Year of the Trees' event on the District of Columbia western lawn next to the USDA Headquarters.United States Department of Agriculture

Sherman oversees the U.S. Forest Service, an agency that has more than a century of experience in managing America’s national forests and helping to sustain the nation’s forests for the benefit of generations to come.

This week, other Obama Administration officials planted trees in Arizona, Colorado, and Israel as part of the commemoration of the Jewish holidy.

'New Year of the Trees' event on the District of Columbia western lawn next to the USDA Headquarters.United States Department of Agriculture

Also in attendance were Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Terry Bellamy, Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation. Rabbi Levi Shemtov offered remarks and students from Washington DC’s Jewish Primary Day School. The local school children were able to partake in the holiday and learn about the importance of urban trees.