Birthright Israel NEXT Communities Initiative
March 17th, 2012
Birthright Israel NEXT (NEXT) builds on the social connections made by Taglit-Birthright Israel trip alumni (BRI trip alumni) during their trips to Israel, and connects them to other young Jewish adults who share their social, cultural, and educational interests. The Jewish Community for the NEXT Generation Initiative (the Community Initiatives) combines locally developed activities with national programs to develop peer communities for young Jewish adults to become more involved in Jewish life and more connected to Israel.
The evaluation, conducted by SRI International, focuses on the first five metropolitan areas in which the NEXT Community Initiatives program was fully operational—Denver, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami-South Florida, and Philadelphia—during the period of January 2009 through March 2010. The evaluation was designed to assess program implementation; identify the factors that support and hinder program implementation, participation, and outcomes; and provide evidence about program effectiveness.