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March of the Living 2017


Trip Dates: April 19 - May 3, 2017 (Student Trip)

"I learned more about myself and my history than I could’ve ever imagined I would."

March of the Living is a two-week immersive, educational experience bringing Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland to commemorate Yom Ha'Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), then to Israel to observe Yom Ha'Zikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day).

West Palm Beach teen, Melanie Margolese shares her experience of this past year’s March of the Living experience:

Going on the March of the Living changed my life. The experience was incredible and I learned more about myself and my history than I could’ve ever imagined I would. The feeling of unity throughout the camp as we all marched together through Birkenau is rivaled only by the memory of walking to the holy wall in Jerusalem. It was symbolic and we were a metaphor marching through the cold metal gates where our people were forced to do so, only now as free people 70 years later.

Witnessing the highs and lows of our past opened my eyes to the struggles we as a people have faced. You never truly understand until you are walking along the barbed wire in Auschwitz II or standing in a gas chamber in Treblinka. The world is changing, some ways for the better and in some ways we are still continuing to fight for our beliefs. The March showed me the importance of understanding our history and the power that we have to make sure it never repeats itself.

- Melanie Margolese, March of the Living 2016

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