March of the Living

What is March of the Living?

Since 1988 THE MARCH OF THE LIVING program has brought Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day in Israel.

JCC Maccabi Israel offers March of the Living programs to JCCs and their members and participants in a spirit of communal, non-denominational inclusion. We create a diverse, accepting environment that integrates the values you find at home.

You will learn about Jewish history in Europe before the Holocaust, meet a Survivor and hear the stories first-hand, explore one of mankind’s darkest hours, celebrate the birth of the State of Israel and connect to your history while traveling in Poland and Israel in a supportive peer group. You will be given tools and taught life skills to help you in your future journey through life. JCC Maccabi Israel will support you in becoming a voice in the world that can say out loud “never again”! JCC Maccabi Israel | March of the Living is offered to 11th and 12th grade teens from across the US.

Why should you participate?

JCC Maccabi Israel | March of the Living is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in what is truly a life changing experience. The day when we can no longer hear the stories first hand from Holocaust survivors is growing near and it is our responsibility to listen to their words so that we can pass on their teachings.

Experience what no book or movie could teach you in a safe and supportive environment led by educational experts. Your experience will be shared by others, building a sense of camaraderie and purpose as you
progress on your journey.

An exploration of the rich and vibrant Jewish community that existed in Europe will enable us to truly understand the devastation of the Holocaust and celebrate the wonder that is the modern State of Israel.