March of the Living
April 19 – May 3, 2017
A once-in-a-lifetime experience for Jewish high school seniors from around the world.
Join other Jewish high school seniors from all over the world as you embark on this incredible experience. You’ll go to Poland on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II. Then travel to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day).
From Poland to Israel, from darkness to light, we are still here.Grant InformationDownload Information PacketPre-Trip Programs
Eligibility & Preparation
Students who will be in the 12th grade during the 2016-17 school year are eligible to participate. Applicants must complete an application and medical form. If you are chosen, you will attend 6 pre-trip sessions to review Holocaust history, Israeli culture, and facilitate group bonding. These sessions are offered by the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education.
You will depart the USA on April 19 and will return on May 3.
Costs & Flights
This trip is organized by the Mayerson JCC, in partnership with the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Travel grants are generously funded by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and administered by the Jewish Federation. Cincy Journeys travel grants are not need based and are offered to Cincinnati Jewish high school seniors who have not already used their high school Israel travel grant. Those who have already used their travel grant and would like to attend may do so for the all-inclusive price of $6500. Price is inclusive of domestic and international airfare, lodging, meals and program fees. In addition, teens may be able to redeem their B’nai Mitzvah travel grant toward this trip. Visit JewishCininnati.org to apply for a grant.
“When I first walked into Birkenau this morning, I felt a distinct lack of humanity as I stared in disgust at barracks and gas chambers. However, at the end of our time in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Peppi told us a quote from a Shoah survivor Viktor Frankl who spoke that the one thing that couldn’t be taken was their humanity and in that moment, with our arms around each other, saying Kaddish and singing Hatikva, I felt the humanity. We are here, we are witnesses, and we will never forget.”
Clara Babcock, Walnut Hills High School
“This experience has given me an entirely new perspective on life, death, human resilience, and miracles. I plan to apply the lessons I have learned on this journey to my life, and I am very grateful for them. I currently find myself at a loss of words to express how much the March has meant to me, and I think that says something in itself for the impact it has had on every participant. I am also now realizing how long I’ve been droning on for, so I’ll try to wrap this up. The March of the Living has changed my life in the best and most meaningful ways possible, and I recommend it to everybody. Am Yisrael Chai.”
Avi Dave, Walnut Hills High School
“Yes, the bus rides may have been long. And Yes, we may have cried a lot. But the memories we have made, both happy and sad, will be with us for the rest of our lives. The ceremonies that we had as a group will be the moments that we remember. Coming together to sing Hatikva and say the Mourners Kadish. Lighting candles and singing songs around an Israeli flag. It’s been such an amazing journey and we still have a whole week left.
“We each have gained so much from this journey and seen so many hard things. We must not forget the countless lessons we have learned about humanity. From being appreciative for what we have to respecting others and so many more. Everyone has a take-away from this week.
Never again. Never.”
Tyler Miller, Sycamore High School
“Our daughter Jess grew up so much on this trip. It gave her a chance to assert her independence from us, while still providing a safe, structured environment for her to work from. It has really made a difference in her life, now that she is “off to college,” and on her own for the most part. Thanks again for everything that you did for her!!”
– Steve and Julie Whayne
Want to read more first-hand testimonials and see more photos from trip participants? Click here to view the 2016 student-run March of the Living blog written throughout their trip.
For information about March of the Living, contact Phil Ganson, Teen Coordinator, at: 513.761.7500 x 1294.
This trip is organized by the Mayerson JCC, in partnership with the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Travel grants are generously funded by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and administered by the Jewish Federation. Cincy Journey grants are not need based and are offered to Cincinnati Jewish high school seniors who have not already used their high school Israel travel grant.