Harvest of Jews

Birthright NEXT is the organization that follows up with ex-Birthright Israel participants to figure out how to incorporate their experience into their everyday lives — effectively, how to take a week of living Jewish and to help people figure out how to make their own lives more Jewish.

harvest to harvestOne of the ways they do this is hooking up Birthright NEXTers with volunteer programs — in particular, volunteer programs that deal with hunger. In a holiday where we’re celebrating freedom and plenitude, it’s important to remember that, at the same time we’re voluntarily abstaining from eating bread, many Americans and humans are doing the same thing, even though they don’t have a choice.

Birthright ran one program like this last autumn, during Sukkot, and they’re planning another one this Passover season. Jeremy Moses tells it how it is in the original blog post:

Harvest to Harvest, running between Sukkot and American Thanksgiving, does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is go to this website and enter your zip code, or country you live in if outside of the US. Their system generates a list of volunteer opportunities in your area that you can be matched up with. Then, if you create an account, the website will track your hours.

If you’ve got any interest at all in volunteering, visit the site and take a virtual tour. Anyone, not just Birthright alums, can use the site.

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