After decades of purchasing JNF Tree Certificates, I finally had the chance to truly celebrate the holiday with my own hands. Sharon and I planted a tree on the kibbutz, as part of a kibbutz tradition. Each Tu B’Shevat, the kibbutz families gather to plant trees and celebrate the holiday together, with crafts for the kids who were more than thrilled to dig in the mud and get their hands dirty. We painted a sign for our “American Tree” so next time you visit Kibbutz Yizre'el, look for our tree, that represents the strength of the Partnership between our community and Afula-Gilboa. May this partnership, along with our tree, grow deep roots that will sustain our connection for many years to come.