Check out our guide for Tu b’Av 5782 (2022)!
Where’s this year’s festival?
We took a little pause this year on festival planning — part of our own organizational observance of Shmita (the sabbatical year) — and instead compiled the resource above. Don’t worry though, we’ve got lots of fantastic future programs in the works! Get in touch with us to stay up to date, and check out last year’s summit & festival line-up!
Mitsui Collective’s Tu b’Av 2021 Ecology of Love
Online Summit & In-Person Festival!
Celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Love!
Virtual summit sessions the entire week!
In-person festival in Cleveland!
Mitsui Collective’s Tu b’Av Ecology of Love Summit and Festival celebrated and elevated the power of embodied Jewish practice for building and renewing our capacity for wholeness, healing, and resiliency after a really freaking tough year and a half. We cultivated and renewed embodied practices for love and liberation!
Ticket & Registration Options
Access to all of our Virtual Summit events during the week — daily livestream sessions Monday through Thursday featuring embodied Jewish practice and hosted conversation plus Q&A; and Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday! Teachers were Jordan Daniels, Koach Baruch Frazier, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, and Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer. Recordings from the Virtual Summit *plus* recordings from last year’s virtual sessions were made available to all registered ticket holders as well.
Friday Night Live — Hybrid Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday July 23 | 7:30 PM EDT | Online or In-Person | FREE
Hybrid event in Cleveland’s Little Italy for embodied prayer, song, and community themed around Tu b’Av and the Ecology of Love — featuring Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Yoshi Silverstein, and additional leaders including Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Marques Hollie, Traci Marx, Harriette Mevakeshet Wimms, Kohenet Rachel Kann, Maor Greene, David Goldstein, and more. In-person followed by light oneg with wine from The Wine Spot and local desserts! In-person participants were all fully vaccinated.
Saturday Festival of Love & Nature
Saturday July 24 | 3-7 PM EDT | In-Person
Live in Cleveland on Saturday — *in-person and entirely outside* at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes — for our big Ecology of Love Celebration! Featured Choose-Your-Own-Adventure sessions: Torah Yoga (and a Kids Torah Yoga) with Marni Task, For the Love of the Elements: Song, Story and Spontaneous Blessings with Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Embodied Jewish Self-care & Mindfulness with Yoshi Silverstein, Jewish Composting with Zoe Apisdorf from Rust Belt Riders, and a self-guided nature walk, followed by a communal Seder of Love, and concluding with an early Havdalah. Featured nourishments from Goldie’s Donuts, All City Candy, Bialy’s Bagels, and more!
frequently asked questions
WHO’S IT FOR?
The festival is open to all who would like to join! Most sessions are geared towards adults (all ages) and families and we also have some kid-specific sessions too.
do I need to be Jewish to participate?
Definitely not! While Tu b’Av is of course a Jewish holiday and sessions and content will be presented through a Jewish lens, we are very happy for anyone who is interested to join us.
IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND?
Yes. The registration fee goes toward supporting Mitsui Collective’s work and enables us to pay our incredible teachers and support staff for their time and expertise.
WHAT IF I CAN’T PARTICIPATE Every DAY?
We get it. There are family and work obligations to navigate. Not to worry! You can join the sessions you are able to attend.
where will the festival take place?
Online and in person! We will be gathering virtually Monday through Thursday, hybrid on Friday, and in person on Saturday.
aRE THERE ANY SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE?
It is important to us that the festival remains accessible to all who would like to participate, and we have a number of discounted tickets available to those in need. Please do not hesitate to contact us for financial assistance at festivals(at)mitsuicollective.org.
What can I expect to get out of this experience?
Festival participants will be gathering virtually from far-reaching locations for what we hope will be a nourishing experience of Jewish movement, learning, and community building. Our goals are to help you strengthen and expand your toolkit for self-care and self-understanding and to highlight embodied Jewish practitioners & organizations interested in investing in and helping grow the space, particularly through the lens of anti-racist and anti-oppression frameworks. We aim to center marginalized voices in our presenters and teaching materials, particularly those of Jews of Color and Queer / LGBTQ identified orgs and practitioners and similarly create a space where participants from any range of identities will feel welcome and safe to bring in as much of themselves as possible to the experience.
What if it rains?
We are prepared for all sorts of weather on Saturday! Most of our outdoor spaces are covered so we can be flexible and work with whatever nature brings.
What about covid safety?
As Mitsui Collective pilots in person local programs, we will continue the iterative process of experimenting and learning as the pandemic and our knowledge of it shifts, and as our community needs and preferences evolve. Saturday’s program is capped at 60 people; we are entirely outdoors (with indoor bathroom access) and ask that un-vaccinated participants wear a mask at all times when they are not actively eating.
Our indoor program (Kabbalat Shabbat) is capped at 30 people. In-person Kabbalat Shabbat participants *must* be fully vaccinated; un-vaccinated participants are welcome to join the virtual option for Kabbalat Shabbat.
Any and all participants are welcome to wear a mask at any time should they so desire. Full guidelines (subject to ongoing revision) may be viewed here.