The Minyanaires celebrated Tu B’Shevat, the “New Year for the Trees” on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, corresponding to Wednesday, February 4th earlier this month. Pictured is Myer Saltzman, one of two Beth-El Minyanaire nonagenarians (that is people in their 90’s) who daily join the minyan. Myer is seen “popping” a date, a fruit so sweet that it is considered by some of the sages to have been the biblical honey of the phrase, describing Israel as “a land brimming with milk and honey.” Other customary foods for Tu B’Shevat were served at the morning breakfast following services and included most of the Shivat Haminim (the seven species) as described in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:8) including wheat, barley, grapes, [raisins,] figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.
The “Minyanaires” are a dedicated group of Beth-El regulars, men and women who frequently attend the Shachrit morning services every weekday at 7:15am and on Sundays at 9:00am. (and you don’t have to be a nonagenarian to enjoy the welcome, the camaraderie, and the spirit of being part of daily Jewish prayer!). Everyone is invited to join in the breakfast following the services.
Weekday services begin at 7:15am sharp, and are complete by 7:45am allowing everybody an opportunity to get to the office or whatever else they have planned during the day.
Remember the slogan “Try it. You’ll like it!” It’s true for the Minyanaire regulars.