Sample Itinerary for March of the Living


Day 1
Depart NY for Poland

Day 2 | Welcome to Poland
Land in Warsaw
Visit Korzcak Orphanage and first activity
Check in to hotel
Dinner and group orientation
Overnight: Warsaw

Day 3 | Stories of the dead and the living
Breakfast at hotel and check out
Visit Gensia Cemetery
Visit the Lauder Morasha School and meet Jewish
Polish teens
Drive to Krakow (lunch en route)
Check into hotel in Krakow and prepare for Shabbat
Shabbat services at the Remuh Synagogue
Dinner and meeting with young Polish Jews at the Krakow JCC and Chulent group
Overnight: Krakow

Day 4 | Shabbat in Krakow
Breakfast at hotel (prepare sandwiches for walking tour)
Walking tour of Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) and visit to the Galicia Museum, Rama Synagogue and more
Walking tour of old Krakow and the Wawel Castle
Return to hotel for rest
Meet with Righteous Among the Nations, those who saved Jews (time permitting)
Group Havdalah and evening program
Overnight: Krakow

Day 5 | Jewish life in Poland and first encounter with the Holocaust
Breakfast at hotel and check out (prepare sandwiches for the road)
Drive to Tarnow. Walking tour of the Old City
Continue to the mass grave memorial at Zbiltowska Gora
Return to Krakow and prepare for the march
Dinner at hotel
Overnight: Krakow

Day 6 | March of the Living
Early check out
Breakfast at the Old Synagogue at Oswwicim and learning the story of the site from the volunteers running it
Walking tour of Birkenau (time permitting)
Travel to Auschwitz and join the thousands of participants for the March of the Living and ceremony at Birkenau
Short walking tour of Auschwitz museum and long drive to Lublin
Late dinner at hotel
Overnight: Lublin (or between Krakow and Lublin)

Day 7 | Lublin and Majdanek
Breakfast at hotel (prepare sandwiches for the road)
Morning visit to Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin and
Jewish text study
Continue to Mejdanek death camp
Drive to Warsaw and check into hotel
Dinner at hotel
Overnight: Warsaw

Day 8 | Warsaw and the resistance
Breakfast at hotel (possible checkout…depends on flight to Israel)
Noszyk Shul – meeting with Rabbi Michael Schudrich and hear the story of today’s Jewish community in Poland
Dialogue program with local Polish Teens at Polish high school (Forum for Dialogue Among Nations)
Walking tour of the Trail of Heroism starting at the Umschlagplatz
Early dinner at local restaurant
Overnight: flight to Israel

Day 9 | Welcome to Israel
Morning landing in Israel
Drive to hotel for early check in and rest
Walking tour of Jaffa and welcome to Israel ceremony on the beach
Restaurant lunch
Visit Hapalmach Museum
Short visit to Atlit Detention Center Museum
Free time and pizur dinner in Tel Aviv
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 10 | Boi Kallah
Visit Nachalat Binyamin arts and crafts market
Hall of Independence Museum – see where the State of Israel was declared
Drive to Jerusalem and check into hotel
Welcome Shabbat at the Kotel (if hostel is in walking distance)
Dinner and Oneg at hostel
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 11 | Jerusalem Shabbat
Optional breakfast
Walking tour of the area and possibly the Old City
Lunch and rest at hostel
Staff led activity
Guest speaker – political update
Free time on Ben Yehudah St.
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 12 | Connecting old and new
Early drive to Masada – connect Jewish defiance of old, the Holocaust and Hapalmach to the creation of the State of Israel
Climb the Snake path and tour the excavations of the ancient mountain top
Descent via the cable car and continue on a short hike at Nachal David near Ein Gedi
Time to enjoy floating in the lowest spot on earth at the Dead Sea
Return to Jerusalem and prepare for Yad Vashem and the Israeli Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron)
Holocaust deniers: guest speaker
Dinner at hotel
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 13 | Remembrance
Breakfast at hostel
Visit Yad Vashem and learn how and why it is important to remember
Continue to Mount Herzl for walking tour of the national cemetery
Meeting (Mifgash) with Israeli teens
Staff led activity leading to the instant change from mourning to joy – witness Israel transition into Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) and celebrate with the thousands of Israelis in Jerusalem
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 14 | Yom Ha’atzmaut
Activities with March of the Living group – celebrations of Israel Independence Day
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 15 | Last day in Israel
Workshop: Israel advocacy with Stand With Us
Program summary and evaluations
Lunch
What next – What do I take from this experience: workshop with staff
Social action project
Tree planting