Ode to Poland, 2015
Pride, joy, and unity were found in places of horror and torture.
Despite the destruction and extermination of our people, us Jews continue to be strong, confident and proud to be Jewish.
Our strength to carry on with our dignity and joy intact is proof that we won.
We must always carry in our memory all the people who died who have no one to remember them.
Poland, the opportunity to learn about the family we have never met.
What an amazing experience, :-)!!
Walking in freedom to honor the people who were less fortunate than us.
Don't worry, be happy!!!!
I now know we survived because we value human life.
Educational on the purpose of begin Jewish
Rest in power
We've found that hope and faith over power all darkness.
There are no words.... Only hope for the future.
On Thursday, in Auschwitz, we looked back at the past with pride and incredible ruach.
It was more than just 6 million people, also what would have been the generations to come.
Acknowledge the past and move forward with love and strength.
United as one
And now I see through my own eyes.
We have overcome the worst evil and we are stronger than ever.
The unforgiving conditions of the poor shelter at camps along with the brutality and inhumanity of the beast we call Nazi.
Unbelievably proud to be a Jew and this trip has been life changing. NEVER. FORGET!!
The emotional roller coaster, that is Poland.
Cucumbers and tomatoes.
The more we learn, the less we understand.
Never again!!! We will not forget! Can we forgive???
I am glad we are going to Israel. Hurray.
We become community while we ensured each of our home communities will never forget.
We march for those who could not.
When we remembered them, the spirits moved the trees to show us they were there.
Tears for the ashes for our ancestors, love for our people, hope for the future.
March of the Living is open to students currently in grades 11 and 12. This program requires emotional maturity due to the subject matter. Participation in the March of the Living educational seminar is required.
There are five components of the application process:
• General application.
• Medical forms.
• Essay detailing why you want participate in March of the Living.
• Letters of recommendation written by a teacher, principal, Rabbi, high school counselor or youth advisor.
• Personal interview.
Isn't this a really depressing trip? We have found that visiting sites in Poland, while filled with emotion, is also quite uplifting. There are thousands of Jewish teens from all over the world experiencing it together. Additionally, there is a mental health professional with the group at all times. The Israel portion of the trip is powerful and inspiring, and students come away from the March of the Living knowing they have experienced a life-changing event.
An across-the-board subsidy will be available to all San Diego participants through the March of the Living Philanthropic Fund. Needs-based scholarships are available through the March of the Living Philanthropic Fund. In 2014 and 2015, needs- based scholarships have generously been provided by the Jewish Federation’s Israel Travel Scholarship program.
Info about the Lili Bialar z"l Memorial March of the Living Scholarship >
Religious Practices and Dietary Accommodations
The program is set up to accommodate the religious needs of all the students. All food in both Poland and Israel is certified kosher. Other special dietary needs may be difficult to accommodate, especially in Poland.
Security is of the highest level in both Poland and Israel. Security in Poland is coordinated jointly by the Polish and Israeli governments. Security in Israel is coordinated by the Israeli government.
A doctor, a mental health professional, educators, a Rabbi, and a Holocaust survivor accompany the students.
Birthright Israel Eligibility
Students who participate in the March are still eligible for the Birthright Israel program. March of the Living spends only seven days in Israel, so teens can participate in both programs.
Excusal From School
Contact the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center for a letter that details the March of the Living experience that you can provide to your counselor. If they have further questions, they can contact Marcia Tatz Wollner, 858.362.1174.
To learn more, visit motl.org >