March of the Living
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.
For information about March of the Living Info Sessions,
contact Phil Ganson, Teen Coordinator, at: 513.761.7500 x 1294
Eligibility & Preparation
Students who will be in the 12th grade during the 2017-18 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.
Costs & Flights
This trip is organized by the Mayerson JCC, in partnership with the Holocaust & Humanity Center. 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.
“Taking part in March of the Living this past year was one of the most incredible and life changing things I’ve ever experienced. The part that made it that much more meaningful to me was being able to share this journey with teens in the area. From learning about our Jewish history in Poland to celebrating Israel’s Independence in Israel, I created a bond with every single person that went on this trip. You not only come back from this trip with a new perspective but also with a new family. I encourage every single person who has this opportunity to take part in it just like I and so many others have done before you.”
Sydney Miller, MOTL 2017 Delegate
“Participating in March of The Living showed me just how amazing we are as Jews, and just how amazing we can continue to be. I grew more as a person during these two weeks than I did during my teenage years combined. It’s nearly impossible to put into words the ways in which I have changed, and no matter how hard I, or anyone I traveled with tries, it is just an experience you have to undergo yourself to be able to understand. I love more now, I care more now, I understand more now, I appreciate more now, I practice Judaism more now, and I feel I will continue to grow more now. This trip is a part of me, and so are the people I experienced it with. I think about it and see the affects every day. I would relive this trip a thousand times over to pay my respects to those whose lives were lost. March of The living was the beginning of my journey of becoming the type of person and Jew I wish to be, and I hope you choose this experience.”
Hannah Loftspring, MOTL 2017 Delegate
“…after attending Cincinnati MOTL, I can whole-heartedly assert that this experience allowed me to control these varying emotions. I learned to conquer them. After the two weeks, I found myself with the new ability to channel these feelings into something constructive. I found myself, alongside my new friends, with a passion and motivation to educate those around me about the true enormity of this movement. I am at a time in my
life where my own thoughts, actions, and feelings will come to define me and my values as I begin my journey into adulthood. I can whole-heartedly assert that there is no better way to learn more about yourself, what you believe, and what you find intolerable or true than to attend Cincinnati MOTL.This trip transformed my values into something stronger than ever before. I look at life in a whole different perspective, alongside life-long role models. This trip was the beginning of my formal education on the vicissitudes of life. Each of us experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows; but, as Albert Einstein affirmed, ‘The only source of knowledge is experience’.”
Drew Schneider, MOTL 2017 Delegate
“The March of the Living trip that my son went on this past spring was everything we hoped it would be for him, and more. At first he didn’t want to go on the trip, but his older siblings talked him into it. Before the group left, they were asked what they hoped they would gain from the experience. My son’s answer was, “I hope I come back with feeling a connection to my Judaism”. He came home feeling connected to his Jewish roots and a strong sense of our Jewish values. He and the wonderful friends he made on the trip, made a pact to never forget and to never be silent when faced with antisemitism. As a Jewish parent, I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”
Deborah Rosen, MOTL 2017 Parent
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.