“…there are times in life when we are not the center, times when we need to step back and give each person ‘their plant,’ a place to be themselves, to share their voice, the space to grow… Stepping back to allow for growth is a major theme of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday of the trees. We plant trees knowing that we might not enjoy their shade or their fruits. It is a selfless act that reminds us that there is more to the world than us.”– Tamar Zaken
HaMaqom Celebrates Tu B’shvat!
Tamar Zaken is Chief Program Officer at HaMaqom | The Place. Tamar grew up in Oakland and moved to Israel as a teenager. For many years, Tamar directed service-learning programs at Memizrach Shemesh, the Center for Jewish Social Activism based in Jerusalem. She graduated from the Joint Program at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and received an MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York.
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