January 3, 2022 /
Jona Elwell

Community Tree Care: Adas Israel Cemetery

Help Casey Trees care for young trees! Your help with pruning, mulching, removing stakes, and from these vulnerable trees at historic Adas Israel Cemetery will give them a leg up in becoming an essential part of our growing tree canopy.

This is an extraordinary care event as it falls on MLK Day and what is known as the Jewish New Year of the Trees – Tu Bishvat.

You may not know, but the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated from the evening of January 16 to the evening of January 17—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. Commonly known as Tu Bishvat (as known as Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot, literally the New Year of the Trees), this day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Also this day marks Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday. MLK Day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Americans celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, January 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, marking the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – a “Day On, Not a Day Off.”


Community Tree Care

Mon, January 17

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Adas Israel Cemetery | 1400 Alabama Ave SE

Free – Register here


So come and out and join us – we provide all the necessary tools and supplies to care for trees. Participants will receive a short, hands-on training on site. After learning the tools and techniques, participants will split up into groups and begin caring for trees throughout the park.

Register now! The week before this event, we will send a logistics and directions email with detailed information about how to get to the site. You will receive this email ONLY if you are signed-up for this planting.