The March of the Living is a program funded by Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA and by local UJA and CJA Federations.

From the Desk of the National Director – Cast a Stone Upon the Waters: The Origins of Canada’s National Holocaust Monument & the March of Remembrance and Hope

Just a few days ago, the Federal Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, unveiled its national Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.

They say that “Success has many parents, but failure is an orphan.”

So I want to emphasize, that there many people who can take credit for this achievement, but the lion’s share of the credit goes to Laura Grosman, who began this initiative 10 years ago when she was just a teenager.

As an 18-year-old student from Thornhill, in 2007, Laura was studying Government and Canadian history at the University of Ottawa, and wanted to visit the Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa – until she discovered there was none. She simply could not believe that in the nation’s capital, there was no national Holocaust memorial.

In fact, until last week Canada was the only Allied nation without an official Holocaust monument.

So this 18 year old teen went ahead to rectify this wrong.

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Leadership Profile: Evan Zelikovitz, Current Chair of the March of the Living Digital Archive Project and Canada Israel Committee (CIE) Management Committee

EvanWhy are you committed to community work?

I’ve been volunteering in communities where I’ve lived in for over 30 years, starting at the early age of 17 in Sydney, Nova Scotia where I became one of the youth leaders for Young Judea in the Maritimes. My connection to community continues today and is stronger than ever. I would have to say that it all started from seeing my parents involved and then evolved, spending 16 years at Camp Kadimah, learning more about the importance of being Jewish and giving back to community.

For the most part, engaging with the younger generation and trying to teach them about the importance of community and that being Jewish is, in many ways, less about religion, and more about engaging in community and being a good human being and doing that all under a Jewish umbrella.

Whether it be involvement in summer camp, community programs like Mitzvah Day, Ottawa’s Jewish Community Centre, Jewish sports leagues, March of the Living or Birthright, I’ve tried to help our younger generation better understand the importance of being involved in their communities and giving back to the community that has given them so much.

The focus of my community work over the past 5 years has been with Canada Israel Experience and more specifically, the March of the Living. For the past 4 years, I have traveled to Poland with March of the Living Canada and worked with a team of videographers to create short, educational videos that tell the story of our incredible Holocaust Survivors.

The work done by the March of the Living Digital Archive Project is an educational resource that can be used by all Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Canada and throughout the world. As our courageous Survivors continue to age and leave us, the Digital Archive will become an increasingly important resource that will ensure our Survivors’ stories are never forgotten. Visit today.

David Shentow Obituary

DavidShentow-640x480David Shentow, one of Canada’s best-known Holocaust survivors and educators, died June 12 at the age of 92 following a lengthy illness.

By all accounts, Shentow, who was born in Warsaw in 1925, suffered more than most people could bear by the time he was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp on his 20th birthday.

Faced with starvation, hard labour, disease, harsh winters and a death march, Shentow was the only person in his immediate family to come out of the war alive. He lost both his parents and two sisters.

Shentow, who raised two daughters, Renee and Lorie, in Ottawa with his wife of 67 years, Rose, was buried in Toronto on June 14. He had moved to a Toronto nursing home as his health failed so his Toronto-area family could better care for him.

During the funeral service, Eli Rubenstein, national director of March of the Living Canada – through which he developed a relationship with Shentow, who joined the trip in the 2000s as an educator – recalled some of the horrific stories Shentow told.

Read the full obituary on CJN.

Read Eli Rubenstein’s eulogy.

Passing of David Shentow

March of the Living Canada expresses it sadness over the passing of