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Young Adult Program

The Young Adult March of the Living is a trip to Poland and Israel to learn about the Jewish community that once flourished in Europe, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the establishment and survival of the State of Israel.

In POLAND: The program will include visits to a number of Polish cities, towns and villages that were once vibrant centers of Jewish life and learning. You will also visit the concentration/death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and Treblinka where millions of European Jews were annihilated. Your experience in Poland will be marked by special observances, culminating with the March of the Living itself on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) – a three kilometer silent march between Auschwitz and Birkenau with thousands of people from around the world.

In ISRAEL: The program will combine visits to a number of exciting places and ancient sites, including Jerusalem, the Galilee and Golan Heights, Tel Aviv, the Negev Desert and more. On Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day – participants will attend ceremonies honoring Israeli soldiers who sacrificed their lives in defense of their country. The next evening, Yom Ha’aztmaut – Israel’s Independence Day – will include a celebration in honor of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

American Participants (ages 21-39): Please contact Jacqueline Schweiger at jschweiger@mjhnyc.org

Canadian Participants (ages 21-35): Please contact Shauna Waltman at swaltman@ujafed.org

“Aside from the history, stories and experiences on the trip itself, I learned so much about life and what I want from it. After the trip, I was able to really put the things in my life into perspective. It helped me order out my priorities and come to realize that life is too short to worry about the small stuff – to only do the things that will make you happy and enjoy each and every day.”

- Rikki Bennie, Young Adult March of the Living participant (2008)