Young Adult March of the Living

Applications for the Young Adult March of the Living are now open!

The Young Adult March of the Living is open to participants aged 21 to 40. Click here to create an account and start an application. When signing up, please ensure that you have chosen Young Adult MOL 2018 from the drop down menu, or you will be taken to the high school application! Limited spots are available and applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for applying is November 17, 2017.

Full Program: April 9th to 23rd*

Poland Only: April 9th to 16th*

* Dates are subject to change by 1-2 days

Toronto Participants:

The fee of the trip is $2,175 USD for Poland and Israel and $1,300 USD for Poland only plus a mandatory fundraising component of $2,500 CAD per participant. The fundraising amount can be donated by the participant or external donors. All donations will be issued a full tax receipt.

Non-Toronto Participants:

The fee of the trip is $3,975 USD for Poland and Israel and $3,100 USD for Poland only plus a mandatory fundraising component of $2,500 CAD per participant. The fundraising amount can be donated by the participant or external donors. All donations will be issued a full tax receipt.

What does the cost of the trip include?

The cost of the program covers airfare to and from Toronto, hotels, meals, gratuities and ground transportation. Costs are based on double occupancy; the cost of a single supplement is $1,250 USD.

Why is the cost of the program different for Toronto participants?

The Toronto fee has been discounted by almost $1,800 USD as a result of local fundraising: we are grateful to the generosity of Toronto donors who are trying to make this program more affordable for young adults. Participants living outside of Toronto are encouraged to contact their local Jewish Federation to ask if there are any subsidies available in their community. 

Paying for the Trip:

All applicants must submit a $500 USD deposit with their application. The balance of the trip fee is due by January 12, 2018. Participants must meet their fundraising goal by March 5, 2018. For the trip fee, participants have the option of creating their own payment plan and dividing their payments based on what is most feasible – monthly, weekly, etc. – as long as the trip fee is paid in full by March 26, 2018.

 

The Young Adult March of the Living is a trip to Poland and Israel to learn about the Jewish community that once flourished in Europe, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the establishment and survival of the State of Israel. Please see below for a rough itinerary of this year’s trip. The group is led by a dynamic team of educators including two Canadian staff, an Israeli tour guide and Holocaust survivors who share their personal experiences and wisdom throughout the trip.

The group spends one week in Poland and one week in Israel. Participants have the option of opting out of the Israel portion of the program if they are unable to attend the full two weeks.

2017 Rough Itinerary Outline:

April 9th Depart Toronto
April 10th Arrive in Warsaw.Visit the former shtetl (rural village) of Tycochin and Treblinka death camp. Overnight in Warsaw.  Tour Gensha Cemetary and visit the Jewish Museum to learn about Jewish life before the Holocaust.
April 11th Travel south towards Krakow. Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration/death camp. Overnight in Krakow.
April 12th Participate in the International March of the Living, a 3km walk between Auschwitz and Birkenau with over 10,000 people from 40 different countries. Overnight in Krakow.
April 13th Tour the old Jewish quarter of Krakow, see the area of the former Krakow ghetto including Oskar Schindler’s factory. Drive north to Warsaw. Celebrate Shabbat with other Canadian contingents. Overnight in Warsaw.
April 14th Walking tour of the former Warsaw ghetto area. Overnight in Warsaw.
April 15th Drive south to Lublin. Visit Majdanek concentration/death camp. Overnight flight to Tel Aviv (Poland only participants will stay an extra night in the hotel in Warsaw).
April 16th – 23rd Poland only participants depart Poland on April 16th. Our Israel portion of the itinerary is still being created and will be released when overnights have been finalized. As many of our participants have been on Birthright, we seek to include experiences that are not typically found on that trip. Our Israel program includes beach time, hiking, off the beaten track experiences in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and important sites such as the Old City. We celebrate two very meaningful holidays while we are in Israel: Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day (April 18th) and Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day (April 19th). Participants will have the chance to commemorate these days with locals including visiting Har Herzl National Military Cemetery on Remembrance Day, participating in local street parties and barbeques on Independence Day. Our return flight to Canada will depart at midnight on April 23rd, arriving in Toronto early morning the same day.

 

A number of optional pre-trip seminars to help prepare for the program will be offered in Toronto. These sessions are a great way to enhance your knowledge and get to know your fellow participants, but are not mandatory. If you are unable to attend or live in a city which is not offering sessions, we will email you materials to help you prepare for the program.

A number of optional pre-trip seminars to help prepare for the program will be offered in Toronto. These sessions are a great way to enhance your knowledge and get to know your fellow participants, but are not mandatory. If you are unable to attend or live in a city which is not offering sessions, we will email you materials to help you prepare for the program.

Participants can choose to extend their trip, subject to a fee charged by the airline. Typically, this fee ranges between $200-$300 USD.

Contact Shauna Waltman at swaltman@ujafed.org or at 416.398.6931 ext. 5343.