March of the Living

Young Adult Trip (Ages 21-35)

On March of the Living thousands of Jewish teens - and adults on a separate trip - from around the world gather for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they march three kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. Past participants of March of the Living often describe the two weeks they spent in Poland and Israel as one of the most significant experiences of their lives.

Jewish Federation’s Role
Jewish Federation is proud to offset the cost of March of the Living by $2,000 for each local participant. The funds for this are generated through the Federation Annual Campaign, and are distributed to participants through Israel and Overseas Connections fund. We also provide support through staff resources, program leader training and participant education.

March of the Living Overview
The program starts in Poland and includes visits to concentration camps, as well as cities, towns and villages that were once vibrant centers of Jewish life and learning. The March itself takes place on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), which was established in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered during the war. Together with participants from more than thirty countries local teens walk the three kilometres from Auschwitz to Birkenau in silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust. Yet even in Poland there are moments of hope, like the opportunity to connect with a new generation of Polish Jews who are committed to keeping Judaism alive in Poland.

Then it’s on to Israel where you will spend the next week connecting with your Jewish roots as you visit exciting places and ancient sites like Jerusalem, Masada and Tel Aviv, and take part in special events for March of the Living participants. You will stand in solidarity with the entire country as you observe Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day, and the next evening you will celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut.

There are no words to describe the array of emotions that I experienced while on the March of the Living. Many members of my family had walked through the gates of Auschwitz and now I have retraced their footsteps. It seems ironic to think that during the war people arrived at Auschwitz against their will and now people around the world choose to honour their memory by marching here again. From the darkness of Poland, arriving in Israel was an amazing way to tie together our past, present and future.
- Emma Fried, MOL 2011

Read about previous trips in e-Yachad:
Journey Continues for March of the Living Students

Learn more about March of the Living.

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