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March of the Living Blog

Michaela Brown

Posted on 04/19/2013 @ 05:19 PM

In two weeks, I have come to realize...
that we are broken and need each other to be complete,
that in our deepest hours of darkness, we must persevere,
that pickles can ruin a good falafel pita,
that I like small groups and sometimes big groups also,
that one day I'll learn Hebrew,
that dedicating myself to my Jewish heritage, my Jewish peers, and the entire global community is my path and passion, that March of the Living 2013 was a pivotal experience that I'll remember for the rest of my life.

Thank you friends, staff, random Polish and Israeli people, survivors, and everyone in between for allowing me to grow in unimaginable ways.

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This Isn't The End, But Merely The Beginning

Posted on 04/18/2013 @ 04:59 PM

"BACK IN THE 203...March of the Living was by far the most adventurous and captivating two weeks of my high school career. With a myriad of emotions and a memorable group of diverse individuals, this trip has had a great impact on my life. From Poland to Israel, I learned what it truly means to be a Jewish person in our multifaceted culture. I am ready to share my experiences with ever single one of you. Retelling the past requires accepting and understanding listeners. I hope that by spreading the messages I learned on the March, I can help ensure that NEVER AGAIN will any people be inferior and tortured by others. And now when I say "next year in Jerusalem" I really mean it, and can take part in a prideful one-of-a-kind culture in Israel and around the world in general."

#MOTL'13 #NeverAgain #NextYearinJerusalem

- Genna Fudin

"Just when I thought BBYO had given me everything it could, March of the Living 2013 comes along and exceeds all expectations. Thank you for an incredible experience in Poland and Israel! These memories will last forever."

- Lindsay Goodman

"And with that the most life changing two weeks of my life has come to a close. Thank you March of the Living for teaching me what no class in school could ever teach me, letting me meet amazing people, and reminding me how incredible it is to be a Jew."

- Sydney Ellison

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Back in America

Posted on 04/18/2013 @ 12:05 PM

We are happy to announce that our March of the Living Delegations have returned to America after a whirlwind 2 weeks of exploring Poland and Israel. As our participants readjust to their normal lives, we will be sharing some of their reflections and insights from the trip.

If you feel like you would like to participate in this amazing experience next year, you can already pre-register today!

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From Generation To Generation

Posted on 04/09/2013 @ 09:40 PM

“When I learned about the Holocaust in Temple and in school, I just couldn’t believe some of the things my educators have said. The unbelievable amount of deaths and horrifying torture that the Jews went through was unreal. But walking through the camps, the gas chambers, the prisons – it was mind blowing. And doing it alongside these incredibly courageous and strong survivors was incredibly inspiring. I’m so blessed to be a part of this trip and I cannot wait to see what else is in store.” – Courtney Pories

"I am having an amazing trip. I have met lots of new people and have had many opportunities to see what I have learned in my history class so far. The most meaningful part for me was watching a video of a woman whose family hid 15 people during the Holocaust. She said if it happened again she would do it in a heartbeat. It was so special." – Alina

"Walking through Auschwitz with a Holocaust survivor made it such an eye-opening experience. To hear from someone that had a horrific experience at the camps made it more terrifying." – Samantha Simon, Evergreen Region

"When we all said the mourners Kaddish together as a kehillah (a community), it really hit me that we, as the next generation, have the obligation to pray for those who perished, speak for those who could not have, and to live our lives the fullest in honor of those whose lives were taken." – Briana Krasner, Central Region East

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Auschwitz

Posted on 04/08/2013 @ 02:17 PM

“One of the exhibits we saw in Auschwitz was a pile of prosthetic arms, legs and metal from wheelchairs, and anything of value from people with disabilities. When I saw that pile of items, I knew that the people they belonged to were the ones who went straight to the gas chambers. Later on, I saw a boy from another contingent in a wheel chair, and I knew that had he been here 70 years ago, his wheel chair would’ve been in that pile of items and he would’ve been gone.” – Amanda Freedman

“Today everything I learned about the Holocaust seemed real and I was proud to be with my Jewish community. I have never been more proud to be Jewish.” – Lauren Butowsky

“Getting the opportunity to go into the gas chambers, but to come out alive, was a privilege that many of our Jewish ancestors could not experience. Walking into the gas chamber and looking out a barbed wire window where March of the Living participants were proudly standing was a symbol of Jewish continuity and our strength to live on.” – Genna Fudin, Connecticut Valley Region

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Reflections From Day #1

Posted on 04/05/2013 @ 05:55 PM

After experiencing their first day in Poland, here are a few thoughts from our participants.

"Within the 24 hours that I've known Bus 2, I already feel such a strong bond between us. I am so thankful for the people who I get to experience this journey with." - JoJo Zamoiski

"I felt such a strong connection to those around me when we were standing around the memorial at Treblinka. We sang prayers and it was truly a once in a lifetime moment." - Sydney Topfer

"In Treblinka, the ground was covered in snow and my converse were clearly not protecting me from the cold. As my feet grew numb, I realized that the Jews in Treblinka had it a million times worse than I ever will." - Lindsey Block

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Arrival to Poland

Posted on 04/05/2013 @ 02:34 PM

We are happy to announce that all of our delegations have arrived safely in Poland.

Throughout the trip we will be providing you with insights from our participants. In addition, we want to remind you to keep checking for new pictures. Please be patient as our staff is doing their best to upload pictures as internet permits.

Shabbat Shalom

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