Monday Media: Every Person Is a Tree


First Place: Rachel Tepper, “A Carved Tree in Rock Creek Park”

The Jewish Festival Tu B’Shvat celebrates the New Year of the trees. Every year it falls on the 15th of the Jewish month of Shvat, and is celebrated by planting trees, participating in a Tu B’Shvat seder (ceremonial meal) that features tree fruits and nuts, and engaging in environmental awareness activities.

In honor of the February 8 holiday, the DCJCC and Washington Jewish Week invited photographers of all ages and skill levels to reflect on the relationship between humans and trees. The contest theme: Every Person is a Tree, is translated from Ki Ha’Adam Etz Hasadeh, and comes from a Bible passage that emphasizes the conscious preservation of nature.

When in your war against a city you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding an ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you into the besieged city? -Deuteronomy 20:19

This Tu B’shvat, take a minute to enjoy all the beautiful contest submissions in our Facebook album. While it’s too late to vote for People’s Choice, it’s never too late to “like” a photo!

Or better yet, come on down to the DCJCC and see the winners and ten honorable mentions on display at the DISTRIKT Bistro.

People’s Choice: Samantha Fien-Helfman, “A Community of People”

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