Where should we go? Free beer! “But I leave it to the hands of the people that are on the board to decide what’s best for the organization.”, Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at nathankazis@forward.com or on Twitter, @joshnnathankazis, Birthright Israel NEXT Winds Down Shabbat Subsidies. To support the Birthright Israel NEXT initiative to connect Birthright trip alumni and their peers with meaningful Jewish living and learning opportunities nationally, locally, and in Israel. Next did try to adapt. Why reinvent the wheel when so many wheels are already rolling? All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. The news that Birthright Next is apparently winding down – its leadership is leaving, its flagship program is shutting down — has come as a surprise to many. The Birthright Israel trip is for all Jewish young adults from around the globe. Things could’ve been different. Birthright Next programs were similar. Free dinner! Jerusalem? We’ll email you whenever we publish another article by J.J Goldberg. Birthright Israel, a travel organization that offers Jewish young adults a free 10-day trip to the Holy Land, has become a rite of passage for many Jews around the world. Help us build a great Jewish community in Greater Atlanta. We want to empower and inspire you to be a part of this great community. If Birthright Next brought one-tenth as many participants to them as Birthright Israel has brought to Masada, it could provide a huge boost to grassroots and grasstops efforts across the country. Imagine a “Social Justice Birthright,” where participants go on an AJWS or Avodah program, and are subsidized by Birthright Next. There are so many excellent programs out there, I thought, and so many underfunded ones. We had no money, but, like our irreverent siblings at Heeb, we had energy, attitude, and a community that supported us. While I’ve long had my qualms about Birthright — most importantly, its significant right-wing bias — the program was indisputably reaching thousands of young Jews, and giving them a powerful, first-person Jewish experience. The original column stated that Michael Steinhardt contributed money to the founding of Birthright Next. The news that Birthright Next is winding down has come as a surprise to many. Get up-close and personal with local culture and make memories that will last a … Purpose. Rabbi Daniel Brenner, who ran Birthright Israel NEXT when the Sabbath meals program was created, said that the original concept for the dinners was based on the ideas of the Havurah movement, a small but influential 1960s-era effort to democratize Jewish observance. It now reflect the fact that others funded it as well and that Steinhardt’s contribution amounted to only 11% of Birthright Next’s total revenue. By Stewart Ain. Ultimately, Birthright Next’s emphasis on evaluation laid bare the folly of this approach. Working with Avenue Social, an application development firm, Birthright Israel NEXT built a Facebook application that allows participants to form teams, pledge cans […] Birthright Israel NEXT, Atlanta is "Jew for You" organization that looks to help build the Jewish young adult community in Greater Atlanta. Top-down city. The program provided cash reimbursements to Birthright alumni to cover their expenses for hosting a Sabbath or holiday meal. Birthright Israel began with a bold idea—offering a free, life-changing trip to Israel for young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 32 and, in doing so, transforming the Jewish future. Rabbi Daniel Brenner, who ran Birthright Israel NEXT when the Sabbath meals program was created, said that the original concept for the dinners was … The last dinner parties funded by the program will be held December 27. Despite the sincere efforts of some truly excellent individuals, it was top-down, bogus, and superficial. A rabbi with a sense of humor, Rabbi Ask that those who receive money give back to their communities, share their experiences, or otherwise ensure that this isn’t a blank check but an investment where returns are expected. Explore the best beaches, trek the deserts, tour ancient sites, and enjoy mouthwatering cuisine. But even as it tried to adapt, Next learned the hard way what people had long been saying about Birthright proper: When you give stuff away for nothing, that’s how much people think it’s worth. All the money, all the experts, all the free stuff weren’t building durable Jewish connections. We offer many different events/programs that cater to many, and if we do not have what you want, we will help you create it. They were the professionals. We want to empower and inspire you to be a part of this great community. Imagine a Jewish Arts Birthright, a Jewish Communal Living Birthright. Jay Michaelson is a contributing editor to the Forward. This joint venture aims to provide young Jewish adults who are budding social entrepreneurs with additional grant opportunities for long-term initiatives and/or ongoing programs. Its Shabbat dinner program was a step forward: rather than creating programs for millennials, it funded millennials to create programs (i.e. (Reinventing the wheel once again.). Source: Birthright Israel NEXT Birthright Israel NEXT has partnered with Natan to create the Birthright Israel NEXT/Natan Grants for Social Entrepreneurs. New Birthright Alum Program In The Works Stand-alone NEXT initiative to be replaced by more integrated, tech-savvy one. Tours are held in the winter and summer, for which demand is … Its Alef/Nextwork program, in which Jewish professionals shared ideas about how to engage young people, became a useful hub even if it was duplicative of other efforts, and would have been better off hosted at an existing site. Copyright ©2021The Forward Association, Inc.All rights reserved. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Cohen, Bennie and is located at 427 Moreland … NEXT staff members and participants, however, strongly supported the initiative, according to a 2010 study of NEXT commissioned by the Jim Joseph Foundation and undertaken by SRI International. 10 incredible days in Israel. Update on President Obama's Health Care Plan Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30PM Q&A with Grace-Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute. As long as you stayed for less than 3 months, you can sign up for a Birthright Israel trip! In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. NEXT paid $14 per guest for up to 16 guests, down from $25 per guest in the program’s early years. Meet Rabbi Lawrence "Haji" can sometimes be found impersonating "Borat" at Purim parties, but most of the time he is the Educational Director of the Birthright Israel NEXT partnership in the Tri-State area. Press Control-F11 to adjust the website to the visually impaired who are using a screen reader; Press Control-F10 to open an accessibility menu. For whatever reason, Next wasn’t interested in this advice. Please note: This website includes an accessibility system. Yalla! Instead of inventing a new program, imagine if Next had worked on strengthening existing ones. Releases. As a result of my Birthright trip, I returned to Israel on a student exchange at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. She left Kim Catrall behind six years ago to take on Birthright Israel NEXT programming and hasn't looked back (too much). The NEXT staffers “feel that NEXT Shabbat is a highly successful way to engage young Jewish adults, teach about Jewish ritual, and build leadership among participants by asking some participants to host a NEXT Shabbat in their own homes,” the report’s authors wrote. After 20,000 dinners, the alumni network for Taglit-Birthright Israel, the program that takes young Jews on free identity tours to Israel, is turning out the lights on its subsidized holiday dinner program. Not only that; in its early years, Next gained a reputation for being arrogant. Taglit- Birthright Israel offers a FREE trip to Israel for Jewish young adults between the ages of 18 and 32. Never mind that when the spigot of free Manischewitz is turned off, the eager target market drifts off to do something else. Imagine a “Spiritual Birthright,” where participants get a free Jewish retreat, or Limmud, or educational weekend of their choosing (subject to appropriate criteria, of course). Let me tell you a little story. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Arguably, giving Judaism away made it seem cheap, disposable, and desperate.