Friday, August 23, 2019

(L-R) Sharon Wolfe and Ruth Couch sing celebrating the birthday of the trees at the Tu B’Shevat seder by Congregation Beth Aharon, the Sephardic congregation of Riverdale, NY. (Credit: © 2019 Robert Kalfus)

(L-R) Dovid Elmalem pouring grape juice with Rabbi Dov Lerea, who led and explained the Tu B’Shevat seder by Congregation Beth Aharon, the Sephardic congregation of Riverdale, NY. (Credit: © 2019 Robert Kalfus)

(L-R) Nina Donnard and her daughter Talia pour grape juice into cups preparing to bless and drink, celebrating the birthday of the trees at the Tu B’Shevat seder by Congregation Beth Aharon, the Sephardic congregation of Riverdale, NY. (Credit: © 2019 Robert Kalfus)

Ethan Moshe Schifman, 16, and his family celebrating the birthday of the trees at the Tu B’Shevat seder by Congregation Beth Aharon, the Sephardic congregation of Riverdale, NY. (Credit: © 2019 Robert Kalfus)

Rav Yonah Berman and his family celebrating the birthday of the trees at the Tu B’Shevat seder by Congregation Beth Aharon, the Sephardic congregation of Riverdale, NY. (Credit: © 2019 Robert Kalfus)

Congregation Beth Aharon, the Sephardic congregation of Riverdale, NY, celebrated the “birthday of the trees” of Tu B’Shevat at their annual seder, led by Rav Dov Lerea. The seder featured children planting herbs and flowers in small pots to take home, and games and artwork for children. Rav Lerea led the almost 100 people in kabbalistic understandings of the Jewish view of and interaction with our planet, before we enjoyed a variety of delicious Israeli food from Riverdale’s Ha-Makolet, and a variety of pizzas from Riverdale’s Corner Cafe fulfilled everyone’s hunger for excellent food and great company.

By Robert Kalfus


Robert Kalfus, a veteran newspaper photographer, enjoyed working as a photographer in the NYC and tri-state area for more than four decades; on staff at the NY Post, and for the NY Times and NY Daily News, and several weekly newspapers, and will make wonderful memories of your Bar & Bat mitzvoth, brit milah, simchas, weddings & challenging assignments. Nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. Please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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