BJE March of the Living
For updated information about a special Erev Yom HaShoah program, an evening of remembrance featuring Holocaust survivor and artist Gabriella Karin, click here
BJE March of the Living is a two-week experiential education program for high school students where they travel to Poland and Israel to learn about their Jewish past, present and future. The guiding philosophy of the program is to fully immerse participants in meaningful experiences that will prepare them for and propel them into adulthood ready to: remember, educate and act. The two-week experience is built around the group commemorating Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in Poland and celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) in Israel. The Los Angeles delegation is extremely fortunate to be joined each year by Holocaust Survivors who share personal experiences about their lives and create lasting relationships with the teens.
Though the pandemic has forced International March of the Living to cancel the trip this spring, BJE’s Experiential Education team has been working throughout the year to provide opportunities for students to connect with survivors and learn their stories of survival and resilience.
In response to the pandemic, BJE created the L’Dor v’Dor Digital Edition which virtually matched teens with Holocaust survivors. For Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, BJE is partnering with Milken Community School, International March of the Living, and Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, to create a virtual two day Conference on April 7 and 8 for Jewish High School seniors in California, the US, and across the world. Gesher: Honoring Survivors by Building Our Jewish Future is designed to connect students with Holocaust survivors and Jewish history, and engage in Jewish learning, identity, and responsibility. The program was developed in consultation with Dr. Michael Berenbaum, an American scholar, professor, rabbi, writer, and filmmaker, who specializes in the study of the Holocaust.
We at BJE March of the Living shape program goals and objectives around the following mantra: "Remember. Educate. Act." We look forward to resuming the trips once is it safe to travel.
For questions please contact Maya Aharon.
BJE March of the Living Survivor Talk Series
A weekly series featuring the Survivors who had planned to accompany the LA-area teens on the international trip this spring, the series has created opportunities to expand the reach of their personal stories of survival.
The series has been produced by BJE MOTL professionals, along with two teens who would have gone on the trip:
BJE March of the Living Survivor Graduation Message 2020 - Congratulations to the 2020 Graduating Class!
Testimonies & Quotes
“My March of the Living experience exceeded my every expectation. I was reminded of the importance of fighting antisemitism today and I made a commitment to dedicate my life to pursuing social justice through a Jewish lens. Thank you for making it possible for students like me to have the life changing experience of marching in Auschwitz and in Israel alongside Holocaust survivors. This program is one that has, and will continue to, contribute strongly to my Jewish identity.” ~L. Kamran, 2019
“This trip has completely changed my life. It’s difficult to even put into words how I felt after this experience. From the horror, intensity, and power of the Poland experience, to the joy, hope, and gratitude of being in Israel, it was a rollercoaster of emotions. This trip helped strengthen my Jewish identity and sense of responsibility to the Jewish people and the state of Israel. To educate myself on all platforms about world issues, especially those regarding Israel and Judaism. I can’t thank you enough for your donations that allowed me, and every teen that attended the trip, to embark on such a life changing journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, Sophie” ~S. Kaplan, 2019
“The most powerful memory from our week in Poland was the time we spent at the mass grave in Zbylitowska Gora. Not only was the content so powerful and the memory of what happened there, but also the whole atmosphere and the mood created both naturally by the setting and by all of the staff. The expectations were set before we left the busses and so people were more ready to listen. Maya and Liat both led an amazingly powerful discussion and ceremony for the victims that left not a single person emotional.” ~E. Nulman, 2019
“The time we spent at the Israeli high school was amazing. It was so wonderful to learn what they thought about Israel growing up there and having such a close connection to it compared to our connection living in the Diaspora. I thought it was just really fun to spend time with other teenagers and just get to know some of them.” ~M. Nour-Omid, 2019