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Press Release: Alumni Celebrate Passover

NEXT and JDC Entwine Offer Passover Seder Grants and Resources

Press Contact: Joelle Berman, 646-833-1321, communications@birthrightisraelnext.org

New York, NY--March 6, 2013--For the third year in a row, NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation will be offering all Birthright Israel alumni the opportunity to host their own Passover seders for their friends, in an effort to help young adults create their own Jewish experiences and build their own communities. Over 9,400 young adults have attended the almost 700 seders that NEXT has helped make possible through this program.
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NEXT provides Birthright Israel alumni with a small grant to help cover the cost of food at their seders, as well as online resources for hosts, including links to haggadot and a Pinterest board featuring Passover recipes and table setting ideas. Only a limited number of grants are available, so alumni are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Additionally, NEXT is partnering with JDC Entwine in 2013 to showcase the stories of Jewish communities across the globe that have struggled for freedom in more recent years.

"By working with NEXT, we're giving young Jews open source access to global perspectives on Passover's story of freedom," says Sarah Eisenman, Executive Director of JDC Entwine. "These global stories demonstrate the universal message of Passover that can connect Jews in all corners of the world."

Birthrighters can find these stories on NEXT's website (birthrightisrael.com/Passover), as well as ways to spread awareness about them at their seders and opportunities to help these communities continue to thrive.

"Through this program we have yet again learned the power of helping Birthright Israel alums take Judaism and make it their own by bringing their friends together to celebrate and share traditions with one another,” says NEXT's CEO, Morlie Levin. "Our partnership this year with JDC Entwine makes even more palpable the connection between our ancient Exodus story and the modern lives and stories of Jews around the globe. Telling these stories further opens the door for alumni to tell their own, authentic Jewish stories and realize that they're all intertwined."

Learn more about the program here: birthrightisrael.com/Passover.

About NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation
NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation connects Birthright Israel trip alumni and their peers with meaningful Jewish living and learning opportunities nationally, locally and in Israel. We also work to create a Jewish community that is ready to receive alumni, who possess diverse needs, interests and inclinations. By investing in and convening those who work with young Jewish adults, as well as offering resources and thought-leadership, we catalyze growth and stimulate opportunities for engagement.

About JDC Entwine
JDC Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. We do this by offering service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs, and leadership development opportunities. Entwine is an initiative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world's leading Jewish humanitarian organization. JDC works in over 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal and disaster relief.