In the spring of 2017, thousands of Jewish teens from all corners of the earth will gather together in Poland and Israel for an educational experience that will change their lives.


On May 5th, 2016, thousands of Jewish teens, from countries all 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. The March commemorates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. You can be there – along with over 10,000 participants who will be part of this historic event. As a proud young Marcher, your experience will be in direct contrast to the tragic fate of hundreds of thousands of Jews and others, who were forced by the Nazis to take part in the infamous death Marches, across vast expanses of European terrain, under the harshest of conditions. This time, however, there will be a difference. It will be a March of the Living, with thousands of Jewish youth, like yourself, marching shoulder to shoulder.

You will participate in a memorial service at one of the gas chambers/crematoria, in Birkenau, which will conclude with the singing of Hatikvah, reaffirming Am Yisrael Chai – The Jewish People Live. From Poland, you will fly to Israel to join the entire Jewish community in celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 68th Independence Day, on May 12th. You will participate in a week of unforgettable experiences.
Your stay in Poland and Israel will be a study in contrasts. In Poland you will search for traces of a world that no longer exists. You will discover that, of the hundreds of Jewish schools, synagogues and institutions that once existed in Warsaw before the war, sadly, very little remains. The century old Nozyk synagogue (used by the Nazis as a stable during the war) and the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery – the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe – are among the only reminders of the glorious Jewish life that once thrived there. Yet, you will also have moments of hope in Poland as you encounter a resurgence of Jewish culture. You will meet with your Polish peers and witness a blossoming of new synagogues, schools, organizations and youth groups. Like many, you may leave Poland wondering how it was possible for the destruction of almost an entire generation of Jews to occur –yet you will pledge 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, Israel’s Memorial Day, you will join together with all of Israel as they mourn their fallen soldiers and victims of terror and on Yom Ha’atzmaut you will celebrate Israel’s independence along with the entire country.

The March of the Living to Poland and Israel will cause you to encounter both the richness and anguish of our past and the hope for our future. This experience will help you understand how important both aspects are to your identity as a Jewish teenager living in the 21st century.
The March of the Living will bring together Jewish teens from over 40 countries and regions around the world including Israel, the USA, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, South Africa, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Austria, and Poland. You will have an opportunity to meet some of these teenagers. Together you will share moments of sadness and joy and create long-lasting bonds.
High school students who will be in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades in 2016 (at the discretion of local communities) are eligible to participate. All qualified applicants will be carefully screened. Not everyone can be accepted. Applicants must complete an application, medical form, submit an essay, participate in a personal interview and supply letters of recommendation. If you are chosen, you will be provided with a study curriculum of Poland and Israel and will be expected to attend educational seminars that have been specifically created to prepare you for the March.

Please click HERE to find your local regional offices before filling out and submitting the applications below as some regions have their own unique applications.

IMPORTANT: Please click HERE to find your local regional offices before filling out and submitting the below applications as some regions have their own unique applications.

Application Form

Medical Form

Letter of Recommendation


"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 honor 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, MOTL 2011