BJE March of the Living
Program Dates: April 16 - April 28, 2023
APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED
To be placed for the Waiting List, please contact Abby Cutler at [email protected] or Michal Kress at [email protected].
BJE March of the Living is an annual 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 usually in Poland (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) in Israel.
The Los Angeles delegation is extremely fortunate to be joined by Holocaust Survivors via Zoom who share personal experiences about their lives and create lasting relationships with the teens throughout their journey.
We at BJE March of the Living shape program goals and objectives around the following mantra: "Remember. Educate. Act." We look forward to having a meaningful trip!
For questions please contact Abby Cutler, [email protected], Director, Teen Experiential Education Programs.
BJE- March of the Living (Los Angeles) from BJE on Vimeo.
BJE March of the Living Survivor Talk - Eva Perlman from BJE on Vimeo.
Support the BJE March of the Living through a Life-Cycle Gift
Families and friends have created Life-Cycle gifts in honor of or in memory of a survivor of the holocaust that is dear to them. The donations go directly to support scholarships which allow students who would otherwise not be able to attend the program for financial reasons, attend. If you wish to do so please contact Deborah Reissman at 323-761-8637 for more information.
In Memoriam Tributes
Barry Weintraub March of the Living Scholarship Fund | BJE LA
BJE Sidonia Lax March of the Living Scholarship Fund | BJE LA
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