To help Birthright Israel alumni and their friends connect to communities and create their own meaningful experiences during the High Holidays, NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation this month launched its third annual High Holidays Initiative. The initiative features an interactive online map (birthrightisraelnext.org/highholidays) of High Holiday services and events around the country, along with an offering of small subsidies and resources to host Rosh Hashanah meals and Yom Kippur break-fasts.
More than 250 services and events in 145 U.S. cities were represented on the interactive map when it launched on August 5, with an increase expected in the coming weeks. Users can find events in their city and browse event details, including whether discounted or free tickets are offered. A new feature this year enables users to filter events based on their preferences for things like egalitarian services, LGBT-friendly events, and more.
The High Holidays Initiative is part of NEXT’s year-round efforts to create opportunities for Birthright Israel alumni and their peers to deepen their connection to Judaism, the Jewish people, and Israel. NEXT also consults with local communities and individuals on the most effective strategies for young Jewish adult engagement.
NEXT’s other “do-it-yourself” offerings – including Passover Seders – aim to make the Jewish experiences more accessible to Birthright Israel alumni. Additionally, NEXT’s flagship initiative, NEXT Shabbat, has helped more than 7,000 Birthright Israel alumni to host more than 16,000 Shabbat meals for their friends.