Sample Itinerary for March of the Living

Photo credit: Ryan Blau

Day 1: Departure

  • Preparation seminar and get-to-know-each-other in New York area
  • Depart New York for Poland

Day 2: Arrive in Poland

  • Land in Warsaw (itinerary based on time of arrival)
  • Visit Korzcak Orphanage and first group activity
  • Lunch
  • See the Nozyk synagogue, the only one to have survived the war.
  • Tour the Museum of History of the Polish Jews
  • Check in to hotel
  • Dinner and group orientation

Overnight: Warsaw

Day 3: Small Jewish Communities in Poland: Shtetl & Treblinka

  • Early breakfast
  • Drive to Tykocin to see a town that before the holocaust was a thriving Jewish Shtetl
  • Continue to Lopochova Forest, visit the site where the Jews of Tykocin were murdered by the Germans
  • Visit the Treblinka death camp
  • Drive to Warsaw
  • Group processing session

  Overnight: Warsaw

Day 4: Lublin & Majdanek

  • Early breakfast and check out of hotel
  • Drive to Lublin and visit the town that was an important center for Jewish life in Poland.
  • Visit Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin and Jewish text study
  • Continue to the Majdanek death camp
  • Drive to Krakow and check in to hotel
  • Group processing session

Overnight: Krakow

Day 5: March of the Living

  • Breakfast
  • Shacharit service at the old Synagogue at Oswwicim
  • Walking tour of Birkenau (time permitting)
  • Return to Auschwitz and join the thousands of participants for the March of the Living and ceremony at Birkenau
  • Short walking tour of Aushcwitz museum and return to Krakow
  • Late dinner at hotel and group processing session

Overnight: Krakow

Day 6: Welcome to the Thriving Jewish Community in Krakow

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Walking tour of Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) and visit to the Galicia Museum, Remuh Synagogue, Jewish Cemetery and more
  • Visit the Plaszow labor camp made famous by the movie Schindler’s List.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a pluralistic community shul
  • Shabbat meal at hotel
  • Oneg Shabbat – staff led

Overnight: Krakow

Day 7: Shabbat in Krakow

  • Late wake-up and optional breakfast
  • Meeting with young Polish Jews at the Krakow JCC
  • Lunch in Krakow JCC
  • Meet with Righteous among the nations (if possible)
  • Walking tour of old Krakow and the Wawel Castle (outside)
  • Seudah Shlishit – staff led programming
  • Free evening in the old town square

Overnight: Krakow

Day 8: Warsaw & Resistance

Itinerary based on flights

  • Early breakfast and check out of hotel
  • Drive to Warsaw
  • Visit the Warsaw JCC – meeting with either (or both): Rabbi Michael Schudrich \ Agata Rakowiecka (CEO of the JCC) and hear the story of today’s Jewish community in Poland
  • Dialogue program with local Polish Teens at Polish high school (Forum for Dialogue Among Nations)
  • Walking tour of the trail of Heroism starting at the Umschlagplatz
  • Ceremony at Rapoport Square and final processing session
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Drive to airport
  • Flight to Tel Aviv

Day 9: Welcome to Israel

Itinerary based on flights

  • Land in Israel
  • Walking tour of Jaffa and welcome to Israel ceremony on the Beach
  • Check into hotel and freshen up
  • Restaurant dinner and free time in Tel Aviv
  • Group led processing session at hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 Day 10: Connecting our History & Modern Day Israel

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Palmach Museum – Follow the stories of nine young fighters and through their personal experiences learn of the struggle for independence and the realization of the dream.
  • Continue to Independence hall to witness the place where David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of Eretz Yisrael
  • Pizur lunch and free time in the Nachalat Binyamin artist fair
  • Staff led street survey in Rothchild Avenue, learn from the people of Tel Aviv what it means to them to be living in Israel in 2015
  • Continue to Rabin Square to learn about how Israel’s democracy faced a huge challenge in 1995
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Evening program at hotel: Neil Lazarus political update

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 11: Remembrance

  • Breakfast at hotel and check out
  • Drive to Jerusalem
  • Visit Yad Vashem and learn how and why it is important to never forget
  • Continue to Har Herzel for walking tour of the national cemetery
  • Encounter (Mifgash) with Israeli teens
  • Check in to hotel
  • Staff led activity leading to the instant change from mourning to joy – witness Israel transition into Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) and celebrate with the thousands of Israelis in Jerusalem

Overnight – Jerusalem

Day 12: Yom Ha’atzmaut

  • Activities with MOTL
  • Group led processing session at hotel

Overnight – Jerusalem

 Day 13: Past and present: Boi Kallah

  • Very early Breakfast
  • Drive to Masada
  • Leadership seminar on Masada – what does it mean to be a Jewish Hero?
  • Float in the Dead sea – enjoy it’s healing water
  • Return to Jerusalem and visit the busy Machne Yehuda market, joining the people of Jerusalem as they prepare for Shabbat
  • Return to hotel, prepare for Shabbat.
  • Welcome Shabbat all together at the Kotel
  • Walk back to hotel
  • Shabbat Dinner
  • Oneg Shabbat

Overnight – Jerusalem

Day 14:Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Late wake up
  • Optional breakfast
  • Walking tour of Knesset and Supreme Court – leadership seminar on democracy in Israel
  • Free time at hotel \ pool \ family and friends can visit
  • Seudah Shlishit – staff led programming
  • Havdallah
  • Kotel tunnels and free time on Ben Yehuda Street

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 15: Last Day in Israel

  • Workshop: Israel advocacy with Stand with Us
  • Program summary and evaluations
  • Lunch
  • What next – What do I take from this experience: workshop with staff
  • Social action project
  • Tree planting at Neot Kdumim – leave something of you in Israel
  • Festive last dinner
  • Closing ceremony and packing
  • Return flight to the US

Lehitra’ot – see you again!