Please see below for the official NEXT High Holidays meals rules and regulations.
NEXT High Holidays Meal Rules
Below are the guidelines for how to register and host a NEXT High Holidays meal. For more detailed information, please read through our FAQs
In order to host a NEXT High Holidays meal, you must be a Taglit-Birthright Israel alumnus or former bus-staff (madrich or madricha) residing in the United States or Canada. Current employees of Taglit-Birthright Israel, Birthright Israel Foundation and Birthright Israel North America are also eligible to host NEXT High Holidays meals. NEXT High Holidays meals may not be co-hosted with other Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni (i.e., alumni may not individually register for meals and then combine their NEXT High Holidays funds). Failure to comply with this rule may result in, at NEXT’s discretion, a denial of payment to both NEXT High Holidays meal hosts.
Current employees of NEXT, as well as their immediate family members are not eligible to host NEXT High Holidays meals.
You must register to host your High Holidays meal by Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ET. NEXT High Holidays meals may only be hosted on Rosh Hashanah between Wednesday night, September 4, 2013, and Friday night, September 6, 2013, and following Yom Kippur on Saturday night, September 14th, 2013, to be eligible for reimbursement.
Steps to register and host a NEXT High Holidays meal
Steps required to receive payment following your meal:
NOTE: If it is your practice to not take pictures on the days of observance, you must take a photo of your High Holidays meal preparations (e.g. your delicious food and your set table as noted above) and your NEXT High Holidays Sign.
CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS
You can change or cancel your meal in your Host Center.
If you decide to change your meal date, you must change the date by Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Change requests submitted after will not be processed.
YOUR NEXT HIGH HOLIDAYS MEAL
NEXT High Holidays meals must have a minimum of six (6) people (including the host) over the age of 18.
PAYMENT FOR YOUR NEXT HIGH HOLIDAYS MEAL
NEXT pays up to $10 per person for at least six (6) and up to sixteen (16) people in attendance at your meal, including the host.
NEXT reserves the right to request and review your receipts before sending payment, and to pay based on those actual expenses.
Your NEXT High Holidays meal may also qualify as a "contribution" that you may be entitled to claim as a tax deduction. The deduction amount which you may be entitled to claim is the difference between your actual expenses incurred in putting your NEXT High Holidays meal together (including food and beverage costs), and the amount of reimbursement which you have received from NEXT, but only where your actual expenses exceed the amount of reimbursement. Please remember that the above information should not be considered tax advice and you should always consult an independent tax adviser concerning your specific tax situation.
You must complete and submit your Feedback Form (which we will send following your meal) and submit your meal photo(s) within two weeks of your NEXT High Holidays meal in order to receive payment. You can expect to receive a check in the mail within six weeks of submitting your Feedback Form and photo.
Failure to comply with the NEXT High Holidays Rules may result in your denial of payment and disqualification from future participation in NEXT Holiday programs or the NEXT Shabbat Program. These NEXT High Holidays Rules and the terms and conditions of the NEXT High Holidays program are subject to change at any time and without notice. Any and all such changes shall be at NEXT's sole discretion.