Travel to Poland and Israel with fellow young professionals 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.


 JOIN US FOR THE NEXT MARCH OF THE LIVING BEGINNING APRIL 19, 2017

On May 5th, 2016, thousands of Jews and non-Jews, 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 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 among thousands, 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 encounter 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.
USA Participants (ages 21-35): Click HERE to contact Liz Sinnreich Panitch for more information. Please add 'Young Adult USA' in the subject line.

Canadian Participants (ages 21-35): Click HERE to contact Shauna Waltman for more information. Please add 'Young Adult Canada' in the subject line.

For all other countries, please click HERE to contact the international office and find your delegation. Please add 'Young Adult International' in the subject line.

PARTICIPANT REFLECTION

“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)

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