Two Great Ways to Celebrate Shabbat this January: MLK Day and Tu’Bshvat Shabbat

NEXT brings you two great opportunities to unplug, unwind, and shed some new light on January holidays. Sign up to host a NEXT Shabbat meal for your friends in honor of either Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or Tu B’Shvat!

On January 18-19, celebrate the legacy of Dr. King in a new way as NEXT joins Repair the World for MLK Day Shabbat. In addition to your NEXT Shabbox (for first-time hosts), you will receive a toolkit from Repair the World, complete with t-shirts, giveaways for your guests, and a some great information on how Dr. King’s impact can still be felt today. Register to host a MLK Day Shabbat here

On January 25-26, celebrate Tu B’Shvat, “The New Year for Trees,” with NEXT Shabbat and Hazon. Tu B’Shvat is a time when we take stock of our relationship to the environment, and Hazon’s online resource guide will help you explore our Jewish connection to the earth and sustainability. It will also give you some great ideas on crafting an environment-themed Shabbat meal. Register to host a Tu B’Shvat Shabbat here.

Learn more about both MLK Day & Tu B’Shvat Shabbat below. Remember: You may only sign up to host one NEXT Shabbat meal per month.

MLK Day Shabbat

(1/18 - 1/19)

Unsure of what to do with your three-day weekend? Kick it off with your friends by celebrating with NEXT Shabbat and MLK Day in one fell swoop. This year, NEXT is partnering with Repair the World on their MLK Day Shabbat Suppers on January 18-19, when Birthright Israel alumni and Jews everywhere will connect to Dr. King’s legacy, and explore one of the foremost civil rights issues of today: education inequality. Follow the simple steps below to register your MLK Day Shabbat meal, and to receive your Repair the World toolkit including a t-shirt, discussion guides and additional giveaways for your guests.

  1. Register your MLK Day Shabbat with NEXT.
  2. Be sure to sign up by Sunday, January 13th to receive your Repair the World toolkit (and make sure to check the box in your registration form indicating that you’d like to receive it).
  3. Learn more about and connect with Repair the World.

Repair is a national nonprofit organization that mobilizes young Jewish professionals to address global and local needs through volunteering. Headquartered in New York City, we connect individuals with awesome volunteer opportunities, host service days, and create resources to make these experiences more impactful for volunteers and communities alike.

Tu B’Shvat Shabbat

(1/25 - 1/26)

On January 25-26, NEXT is partnering with Hazon for Tu B’Shvat Shabbat, celebrating the Jewish New Year of the Trees and reminding us all of our connection to the environment. What does Judaism have to say about our relationship with the earth? How can this unique holiday teach us to live sustainably? From recipes and discussion guides to eco-friendly tips for your meal, Hazon’s online resource guide has everything you need to host a Tu B’Shvat Shabbat. Follow the steps below to register your meal.

  1. Register your Tu B’Shvat Shabbat meal with NEXT.
  2. Access Hazon’s online resource guide for more on Tu B’Shvat and tips on crafting a sustainable, eco-minded experience for your guests.
  3. Learn more about Hazon’s exciting work.

Hazon means vision. We create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Our programs are multi-generational and give entry points for Jews of all backgrounds who are concerned about the environment and the world.