In celebration of the Jewish festival of Tu B’Shvat, Canary Wharf Group hosted festivities for the local Jewish community with a special tree planting ceremony in Jubilee Park last week.
The joyful occasion is fast becoming something of a tradition. This was followed by a lunch held at the offices of Clifford Chance and sponsored by Canary Wharf Group. Gilles Dahan, Managing Director, Citi Head of Corporate Equity Derivatives Trading for EMEA, gave a speech about Tu B’Shvat which was well received by all.
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The festival marks the beginning of the Jewish ‘new year’ for trees, occurring on the 15th day of the month of Shvat. Scholars believe the festival originally marked the emergence of spring; it is also used for calculating the correct time of the year for tithing produce.
In keeping with the spirit of philanthropy at this time of year, small fruit packages were handed to attendees at the event and delivered to 10 day centers and homes for the elderly. Arrangements were also made for schools to visit some of the homes and day centres to distribute the packages. This allows for special interaction between the young and elderly.
Danny Seliger from Canary Wharf Group commented ‘Tu B’Shvat is a time for celebration in the Jewish calendar and we wanted to do something special to commemorate it. The tree planting ceremony is in keeping with this and serves as a fitting reminder all the year round.’