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High School Program

Join thousands of people from around the world for an experience that will last a lifetime.

2016 March of the Living will take place May 1/2 – 15/16, 2016.

To see the 2016 brochure, click here

Please check with your local regional offices (linked in the sidebar) before filling out and submitting the applications below as some regions have their own unique applications.

On Yom HaShoah thousands of Jewish teens from countries around the world will share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they march three kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. You could be there— along with thousands of other taking part in this event.

The March takes place on Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – established in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered during the war. As one of the Marchers representing some thirty nations, you will walk hand in hand in silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust.

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 see historic sites in Warsaw, including the cemetery, ghetto memorial and Mila 18. You will visit Krakow, where you will see the Jewish Quarter and synagogues, and Lublin, where you will see the famous Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin. You will also visit the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and Treblinka where much of European Jewry was annihilated. Your experience in Poland will be marked by special observances, culminating with the March of the Living itself on Yom Hashoah. Yet even in Poland there will be moments of hope; You will have the opportunity to connect with a new generation of Polish Jews who are committed to keeping Judaism alive in Poland. You will meet with non-Jewish Polish students to discuss our shared past and to build bridges between our two cultures. You will meet one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ and be inspired by the courageous stand they took in risking their lives to save Jews during the Shoah.

In ISRAEL: The program will combine visits to a number of exciting places and ancient sites, including Jerusalem, Masada, the Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, the Negev Desert and more. During your stay in Israel you will take part in many special events organized specifically for the participants in the March of the Living. On Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day – students will take part in ceremonies honoring Israel’s soldiers who gave their lives in defense of their country. The next evening, Yom Ha’aztmaut, will include a celebration in honor of the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

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

Your visit to Israel will be a study in contrasts. In Poland you will search for traces of a world that is no more. Like many others, you may leave wondering how it was possible for the destruction of almost an entire generation of Jews to occur – but you will pledge to yourself to keep their memory alive. In Israel you will encounter a country that is striving valiantly to keep the age-old flame of Jewish nationhood alive. On Yom Hazikaron you will cry together with all of Israel as they mourn their fallen soldiers and on Yom Ha’aztmaut you will dance in the streets of Israel as you celebrate Israel’s independence with the entire country.

The Holocaust is a stark reminder of the anguish of our past – but Israel represents the hope of our future. This experience will show you how important both aspects are to your identity as young Jewish people.

All participants on the March of the Living are carefully chosen. Acceptance will be based upon emotional maturity and community involvement. Online applications include short answer questions including an essay. Students are also required to attend and interview in order to qualify for the program.

In many regions, if you are accepted, students are required to attend several educational seminars and a Shabbaton specifically created for the March of the Living. These seminars are designed to equip you with basic knowledge and background on the Holocaust and Israel prior to your departure. Key themes include: Jewish life before the war, history of Antisemitism, Nazism, the Final Solution, Zionism and the State of Israel, as well as your life as a Jewish person living in the Diaspora. Please contact your regional office to find out about their programming and pre-trip preparation.

Please contact your regional office for details. Financial Assistance is often available.

Please check with your local regional offices (linked in the sidebar) before filling out and submitting the applications below as some regions have their own unique applications.