Young Adult March of the Living

The Young Adult March of the Living is open to participants ages 21-40. You can read more about the trip below, or click on the link to start your application. Applications are due November 21st, 2016.

CLICK HERE TO START YOUR APPLICATION

Full Program: April 20th to May 4th*

Poland Only: April 20th to 28th*

* These dates are subject to change by one day, depending on flight availability. If our dates do change, our dates will be April 19-May 3 for the full program and April 20-27 for the Poland only portion.

Fee: $4,295 USD**

**The fee is the same for both the full and Poland only program. There is no difference in price as the subsidized cost is still less than the Poland only portion of the trip without subsidy.

Why is the cost lower than other March contingents?

This Young Adult March of the Living fee has been discounted by over $1,600 USD as a result of community fundraising: no other Canadian contingent receives a discount on the trip and we are grateful to the generosity of our donors who are trying to make this program more affordable for young adults. We recognize that even with this reduction, the cost of the program is still quite high – while our organization is not capable of providing further scholarships at this time, we encourage applicants to seek further financial assistance through Jewish Free Loan (they offer interest free loans to participants).

Paying for the Trip

Applicants have two options for paying for the trip: the first is to follow our three-part payment plan which includes a $500 USD deposit due with your application and two balance payments in January and February, respectively. The second option is to create your own payment plan and divide up your payments based on what is most feasible for you. You can split your payments up however you like – monthly, weekly, etc. – as long as your fee is paid in full by April 3rd, 2017.

Currently, we have 30 available spots on the program. Should we receive more than 30 applicants, we will hold a lottery to determine placement on the trip. If further spots become available, we will move people off our wait list accordingly.

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 1-2 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 20th Depart Toronto
April 21st – 22nd Arrive in Warsaw. Tour Gensha Cemetary and visit the Jewish Museum to learn about Jewish life before the Holocaust. Celebrate Shabbat with other Canadian contingents. Tour the former Warsaw ghetto area. Overnights in Warsaw.
April 23rd Travel south towards Krakow. Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration/death camp. Overnight in Krakow.
April 24th 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 25th Visit the Children’s Forest in Tarnow and Belzec death camp. Drive north to Warsaw. Overnight in Warsaw.
April 26th Visit the former shtetl (rural village) of Tycochin and Treblinka death camp. Overnight in Warsaw.
April 27th 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 28th – May 3rd Poland only participants depart Poland. 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 (May 1st) and Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day (May 2nd). 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 May 4th, 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 mail and/or email you materials to help you prepare for the program.

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