March of the Living

March of the Living – BBYO's National Teen Delegation

The premier global Jewish teen event of the year where Jewish teens from around the world come together to bear witness in Poland and celebrate Jewish Homeland in Israel.

  • The March of the Living is a two week travel experience and a BBYO tradition where Jewish teens from five continents converge in Poland and in Israel for an emotional journey that will impact your sense of history, perspective and identity.
     
    The program occurs annually each spring in order to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, dancing in the streets of Jerusalem. 
     
    The goal of the March is to educate Jewish teens about the richness of our past and to perpetuate our future. Past participants have maintained their level of Jewish commitment by returning to Israel, seeking a Jewish lifestyle in college, acting to protect human rights, and developing a sense of leadership and responsibility for the world around us.

    Prior affiliation with BBYO is not necessary to participate in BBYO’s National Teen Delegation to the March of the Living
     

    Program Highlights

    For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

     

    Explore historic Jewish communities in Krakow, Warsaw and Lublin
    Bear witness in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek
    Honor the courage of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Righteous Among the Nations
    Commemorate Yom HaShoah marching with thousands of teens from 60+ countries
    Celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut dancing down the streets of Jerusalem
    Discover 3,000 years of Jewish history and traditions in Jerusalem's Old City
    Experience floating in the Dead Sea and scale the heights of Masada for sunrise
    Learn first-hand about contemporary Israeli geo-politics and experience co-existence in action
    Spend a memorable Shabbat in Kazmierz, Krakow's Jewish Quarter, and on the Sea of Galilee
    Retrace the founding of the State of Israel and experience its high tech future in Tel Aviv

    A Journey of Remembrance & Renewal

    A complete Program Itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience

     

    Our travels begin with an exploration of the Jewish People's proud history in Europe. With a deeper appreciation of our past we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust – bearing witness at the death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Along the way we honor the courage of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and of righteous gentiles at Oscar Schindler's factory in Krakow.

    A three kilometer march from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) is the seminal moment in Poland. Together, we’ll retrace the “March of Death” to the gas chambers at Birkenau. Only, our march is a “March of the Living” as we sing Am Yisrael Chai (the Jewish People live).

    Our emotional journey in Poland concludes in Warsaw where our focus shifts to the modern day resurgence of Jewish communal life in Europe.

    Celebrate our arrival to the Jewish Homeland with a welcome ceremony on the Mediterranean Coast and a visit to Atlit so that we can honor those Jewish refugees who fled Europe for the Land of Israel against unimaginable odds.

    After spending a relaxing Shabbat on the lush shores of the Sea of Galilee, our final week unfolds in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. There we’ll walk in the footsteps of history as well as explore the challenges and opportunities defining the future. On Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), we stand with all of Israel to mourn those who have fallen. The following day is Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence Day) where we reunite with thousands of teens for a second march in Jerusalem followed by an international event that evening.

    Having born witness to darkness in Poland, being a part of these national celebrations in Israel is uniquely moving.

    Community Delegations

    In addition to our National Teen Delegation, BBYO Passport partners with local organizations to organize community delegations.  If your school, synagogue, federation or other local Jewish agency is interested in taking part in the March of the Living as a community delegation, contact us about partnering opportunities.

    Adult Participation

    Adults, ages 21 and over, can travel as part of our National Teen Delegation to the March of the Living. Contact us to learn more.

    Summer Opportunities

    BBYO's March of the Living alumni qualify for a $250 registration discount towards any BBYO Passport summer experience. Take advantage of it and plan your next summer journey with us.

    Not able to travel on the March?

    BBYO offers 4-week summer experiences in Israel and Poland:

  • We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Depart for Poland

    • Depart from JFK Airport in the early evening on our supervised group flight
      Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Israel

    Friday, April 21, 2017 | Introduction to Jewish Europe

    • Arrive to Krakow in the early afternoon and meet our local staff team
    • Tour of Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 14th Century
    • Check-in to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
    • Take part in Kabbalat Shabbat services at the historic Izaak Shul in Krakow
    • Evening: Oneg Shabbat and community-building activities
    • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Shabbat in Krakow

    • Shabbat programming and lunch in Krakow
    • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto and Oscar Schindler Factory
    • Evening: Group night out in Krakow Old Town and view Wawel Castle
    • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

    Sunday, April 23, 2017 | Auschwitz & Birkenau 

    • Visit the grounds of Auschwitz and Birkenau Death Camp
    • Take part in a ceremony at the restored Oswiecem Synagogue on the outskirts of Auschwitz
    • Evening: Group processing and sharing opportunities
    • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

    Monday, April 24, 2017 | Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

    • Return to Auschwitz and join thousands of teens for the March of the Living
    • Take part in the official Yom HaShoah ceremony at Birkenau
    • Evening: Group night out at Market Square
    • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Majdanek and Lublin

    • Travel north through Poland's Galicia countryside
    • Explore the grounds of the Majdanek Extermination Camp
    • Visit the once vibrant center of Jewish life in Lublin (time permitting)
    • Arrive to Warsaw in the evening and check-in to our accommodations
    • Overnight: Novotal Hotel, Warsaw - Poland

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    • Explore the remains of the courageous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
    • Final reflections and ceremony at the Treblinka Memorial
    • Travel to the Warsaw Airport and check-in for our overnight flight to Israel

    Thursday, April 27, 2017 | Arriving to Israel Then and Now

    • Land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in the early AM hours
    • Celebrate our arrival to the Jewish Homeland with a sunrise ceremony on the Mediterranean shores
    • Tour Atlit, the British-era detention center, and learn about those Jewish refugees who fled Europe against unimaginable odds
    • Travel east to the Galilee - View the Sea of Galilee from above at Switzerland Forest
    • Check-in to our accommodations on the beach and enjoy well deserved rest!
    • Optional afternoon water hike in the Majrassa nature reserve
    • Overnight: Ohalo Manor, Sea of Galilee - Israel

    Friday, April 28, 2017 | The Galilee Highlands

    • Ascend to Safed - Walking tour of the historic center of mystical Judaism
    • Misgav Am - Pioneering on the borders of northern Israel
    • Cool off rafting down the upper Jordan River
    • Return to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat 
    • Experience a memorable Kabbalat Shabbat service on the shores of the Sea of Galilee
    • Shabbat dinner and mifgash (cross-cultural exchange) with Israeli teens from Maccabi Tzeir, BBYO's sister youth movement in Israel
    • Overnight: Ohalo Manor, Sea of Galilee - Israel

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Shabbat in the Galilee

    • Shabbat programming and lunch at Ohalo
    • Relaxed afternoon – Pool, sports, and free time
    • Evening: Cruise on the Sea of Galilee with Israeli dancing and group night out in Tiberias
    • Overnight: Ohalo Manor, Sea of Galilee - Israel

    Sunday, April 30, 2017 | Founding Modern Israel

    • Travel to Tel Aviv in the morning
    • The Rabin Center - Explore the history of modern Israel through the life of Israel's most accomplished soldier and statesman
    • Celebrate the founding values of the Jewish State at Israel's Independence Hall
    • Free time to enjoy the Tel Aviv lifestyle along the beachfront!
    • Machon Ayalon – The story of the Haganah and the founding of the IDF
    • Evening: Participate in an Erev Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) ceremony at this historic Latrun Fortress
    • Overnight: Neve Ilan Guest House, Jerusalem Hills

    Monday, May 1, 2017 | Yom HaZikaron – Israeli Memorial Day 

    • Honor the soldiers and leaders of modern Israel at Mt. Herzl National Cemetery
    • Observe the Yom HaZikaron national siren as Israeli society comes to a standstill 
    • Lunch and exploration time at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace
    • Afternoon Options:
      • Geo-political tour of Jerusalem - The Seam, the Wall and the Future
      • PresenTense Seminar - IdeaSlam in the Startup Nation
      • Experience a model for coexistence at the Yad B'Yad school
    • Evening: Celebrate the beginning of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) at Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall
    • Overnight: Neve Ilan Guest House, Jerusalem Hills

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Yom Ha’Atzma’ut – Israeli Independence Day

    • Spend the morning exploring the Jewish Quarter of the Old City
    • Reflections at the Kotel - The Western Wall
    • Re-join with groups from around the world for the March in Jerusalem
    • Evening: Celebrate Israeli Independence Day at the March of the Living's “Central Event” 
    • Overnight: Neve Ilan Guest House, Jerusalem Hills

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | Adventures in the Judean Desert

    • Crawl through the caves of the Bar Kochba Rebellion at Hibet Midras
    • Travel to the Judean Desert and ascend Masada via the Roman Ramp
    • Hike up Masada via the Roman Ramp and tour the desert mountain fortress
    • Floating time at the Dead Sea's Ein Bokek beach
    • Closing ceremony and wrap-up, and BBQ dinner party in the Judean Desert
    • Evening: Return to Ben Gurion Airport for an overnight flight

    Thursday, May 4, 2017 | Shalom U'Lhitarot

    • Arrive back to JFK Airport, NYC in the morning

  • You have questions? We've got answers! Frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Contact us to learn more.

    Who is eligible to participate?

    This program is appropriate for Jewish high school students from North America who exhibit maturity. Most students think of the March of the Living as a capstone experience for their high school senior year.

    Is this program open to non-members?

    Our National Teen Delegation is open to BBYO members and non-members alike. No prior involvement with BBYO is necessary, however, this program does tend to attract a high percentage of BBYO members.

    How will my teen travel to the program?

    A group flight is included from New York City. You are responsible for your transportation to/from New York. Flight arrangements will be released in January or early February.

    What's our approach to safety & security?

    The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. As a program, we take a number of precautions to reduce security risks -- we travel on a private coach bus, we stay at accommodations with security, we plan our itineraries to avoid areas of concern, and we always travel with an armed guard. In Israel, our program is registered for monitoring through Israel's Situation Room and our program in Poland is fully coordinated with the local security services. Learn more about our approach to safety & security in Israel and worldwide.

    Who staffs the program?

    BBYO's National Teen Delegation is led by Sherrie Stalarow, a beloved Jewish educator, who started staffing the MOTL in 1994. Each bus group is accompanied by a team of 2-3 North American madrichim (staff) who are typically full time BBYO professionals. An Israeli educator and a security escort travels with each bus group in Poland and Israel as well. A medical professional accompanies our delegation as a whole. Finally, we are fortunate to welcome a Holocaust Survivor as part of the group experience. Learn, cry, and laugh with all the wisdom that only a Survivor can offer.

    What's the typical group size?

    Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 35 teens per bus group, and we typically host 3-5 bus groups as part of our delegation.

    What's included and what's not?

    Our all-inclusive approach provides the comfort of knowing your full costs upfront. The tuition for each program covers accommodations, meals, programming, local transportation and any staff gratuities. Basic medical insurance (excluding pre-existing conditions) is also included. Laundry is not included and offered on an optional basis.

    Can I extend my ticket in Israel?

    Yes, this is possible, and a flight deviation fee will apply. Plan ahead since any deviation requests after ticketing will result in higher fees and reduced availability. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Where will my teen be sleeping?

    In Poland we stay in a variety of 3-star or 4-star hotels, and each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. In Israel many of the accommodations we stay at are kibbutz-based guesthouses which provide space for exploration within a secure environment.  All of the accommodations that we use in Israel have a dedicated guard and a secure area.

    How is medication handled?

    Participants are solely responsible for their own medication. Our staff should be made aware of any medical conditions and necessary prescriptions prior to the start of the program. In addition, our staff will carry a limited supply of over-the-counter medications.

    Do I need any vaccines?

    BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control. Please review our policy at http://www.bbyopassport.org/immunizations. Additionally, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving. We recommend consulting with your physician as well as the latest Center for Disease Control guidelines.

    How is medical insurance handled?

    BBYO Passport tuition includes basic local health insurance coverage for all non-pre-existing conditions. Full policy details are available on request. Additionally, teens are required to travel with their own valid medical insurance, which is also provided as part of most travel insurance policies.

    Will I need a visa?

    If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Poland or Israel, but your passport will need to be valid for at least six months from your date of entry to Poland.

    How do I obtain permission to miss school?

    We recommend using the following documents:

    How do scholarships work?

    BBYO has a limited amount of need-based scholarships available on the national and regional level for participation in the March of the Living. Learn More.

    • When can I apply? After you register and submit a $250 deposit, you can start applying for scholarships. You must be a registered applicant in order to apply and receive scholarship funding.
    • When will I be notified if I receive funding from BBYO's national scholarship fund? You will be notified around late November, before the payment deadline of November 30, 2016.
    • What happens if I don't receive outside scholarship funds by the program payment due date? Please have the organization that will be sending funding send us a letter or email of how much scholarship money you'll be receiving and the date of when we should expect to receive it.
    • Where should I send outside scholarship checks? All scholarships should be paid by e-check\ACH. Your scholarship donor can contact us directly with any questions.
    • What happens if I don't receive enough funding and need to cancel? Your program deposit and any money you put down for March of the Living is completely refundable until November 30, 2016. All cancellations must be made by writing - please email us at info@bbyopassport.org
    • What if I have additional scholarship questions? Contact Us

    What if I am not able to travel during the school year?

    BBYO Passport offers a similar four-week experience in Poland and Israel each summer. The program features ten days of travel in Poland, Prague and Budapest followed by a three week journey in Israel. Complete details are available at Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey and Central Europe Discovery + ILSI

    Is travel insurance worthwhile?

    Families are highly encouraged to sign up for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected. BBYO Passport has partnered with Travel Insured International to provide a discounted group travel insurance option specially designed for teen travel. The policy provides benefits which include cancelation, delayed flights, missed connections, trip interruption, baggage loss/delay, and medical insurance. Learn more about our group travel insurance option. Only available to USA residents. Contact us directly if you are an international resident and are interested in travel insurance.

    Can I only participate in the Poland part of the March?

    No, participants are required to participate in both the Poland and Israel parts of the program as they constitute a full experience together.

    What are the basic program rules?

    BBYO is a teen leadership organization, and as such, we place great trust and responsibility on our participants. The basic program rules include treating fellow teens and staff with respect and decency, staying with the group at all times, no weapons, no purchase, possession or consumption of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and no new tattoos or piercings during the program. By agreeing to participate in the program, you are agreeing to abide by the terms of our Release Form and the BBYO Code of Conduct.

    Is free time allowed?

    While the itineraries are quite intensive, we do set aside time for relaxation, shopping, and personal exploration. Because we take your safety and security so seriously, there will understandably be some limits on personal exploration time, especially when we are traveling in major cities. Under no circumstances can a teen leave the group.

    Where can I get additional questions answered?

    Program Questions:
    Sherrie Stalarow (Program Director)

    Registration Questions:
    BBYO Passport Email | 202.537.8091
     

  • Begin your March of the Living by following the steps below. And be sure to review our national and regional scholarship opportunities.

    1. Enroll Online

      To get started, complete the online registration. Signing up only takes a few minutes, and a $250 refundable deposit is required to complete your registration and hold your spot. 

       
       
    2. Insure Your Travel

      Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment and plan for the unexpected. A group travel insurance policy through Travel Insured International can be selected and paid for as part of your BBYO Passport registration account and may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the program. Learn more about travel insurance.

    3. Complete the Forms

      As part of your registration account you will be able to complete an online program waiver, a medical history form, a connecting travel plan form, and upload a passport copy.

    4. Review the Terms

      You're almost there! Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our straightforward terms of participation.
       

      Payment Schedule

      • A $250 refundable deposit is required to secure your spot
      • November 30, 2016 is the the last day for a deposit refund and when the balance of payment is due. A $75 fee applies for late payments.

      Program prices are subject to some change and are not guaranteed until you complete your registration with a refundable deposit.
       

      Method of Payment

      Payment is accepted by e-check\ACH or credit card. Should you wish to pay by credit card, a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% will be assessed for all payments except the $250 initial deposit.
       

      Cancellation Policy

      All payments, including the $250 trip deposit, are fully refundable until November 30, 2016. Following that date, all program payments are non-refundable. Exceptions will be reviewed by BBYO on a case by case basis and at BBYO's sole discretion. All cancellations must be made in writing. Participants are highly encouraged to take out travel insurance.
       

      Terms of Acceptance

      Acceptance to the program is conditioned upon the receipt of a full application including a physical examination of the applicant that demonstrates his/her physical and mental fitness and ability to participate in all aspects of the program. Receipt of deposit and application forms does not guarantee acceptance to the program. BBYO reserves the right to deny acceptance according to its own discretion.

      BBYO reserves the right to adjust the price of the program by up to 5% based on exchange rate and airline fuel fee fluctuations beyond our control. Participants reserve the right to cancel and receive a full refund in the event of a price increase if they so wish.
       

The March of the Living is a two week travel experience and a BBYO tradition where Jewish teens from five continents converge in Poland and in Israel for an emotional journey that will impact your sense of history, perspective and identity.
 
The program occurs annually each spring in order to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, dancing in the streets of Jerusalem. 
 
The goal of the March is to educate Jewish teens about the richness of our past and to perpetuate our future. Past participants have maintained their level of Jewish commitment by returning to Israel, seeking a Jewish lifestyle in college, acting to protect human rights, and developing a sense of leadership and responsibility for the world around us.

Prior affiliation with BBYO is not necessary to participate in BBYO’s National Teen Delegation to the March of the Living
 

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Explore historic Jewish communities in Krakow, Warsaw and Lublin
Bear witness in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek
Honor the courage of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Righteous Among the Nations
Commemorate Yom HaShoah marching with thousands of teens from 60+ countries
Celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut dancing down the streets of Jerusalem
Discover 3,000 years of Jewish history and traditions in Jerusalem's Old City
Experience floating in the Dead Sea and scale the heights of Masada for sunrise
Learn first-hand about contemporary Israeli geo-politics and experience co-existence in action
Spend a memorable Shabbat in Kazmierz, Krakow's Jewish Quarter, and on the Sea of Galilee
Retrace the founding of the State of Israel and experience its high tech future in Tel Aviv

A Journey of Remembrance & Renewal

A complete Program Itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience

 

Our travels begin with an exploration of the Jewish People's proud history in Europe. With a deeper appreciation of our past we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust – bearing witness at the death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Along the way we honor the courage of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and of righteous gentiles at Oscar Schindler's factory in Krakow.

A three kilometer march from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) is the seminal moment in Poland. Together, we’ll retrace the “March of Death” to the gas chambers at Birkenau. Only, our march is a “March of the Living” as we sing Am Yisrael Chai (the Jewish People live).

Our emotional journey in Poland concludes in Warsaw where our focus shifts to the modern day resurgence of Jewish communal life in Europe.

Celebrate our arrival to the Jewish Homeland with a welcome ceremony on the Mediterranean Coast and a visit to Atlit so that we can honor those Jewish refugees who fled Europe for the Land of Israel against unimaginable odds.

After spending a relaxing Shabbat on the lush shores of the Sea of Galilee, our final week unfolds in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. There we’ll walk in the footsteps of history as well as explore the challenges and opportunities defining the future. On Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), we stand with all of Israel to mourn those who have fallen. The following day is Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence Day) where we reunite with thousands of teens for a second march in Jerusalem followed by an international event that evening.

Having born witness to darkness in Poland, being a part of these national celebrations in Israel is uniquely moving.

Community Delegations

In addition to our National Teen Delegation, BBYO Passport partners with local organizations to organize community delegations.  If your school, synagogue, federation or other local Jewish agency is interested in taking part in the March of the Living as a community delegation, contact us about partnering opportunities.

Adult Participation

Adults, ages 21 and over, can travel as part of our National Teen Delegation to the March of the Living. Contact us to learn more.

Summer Opportunities

BBYO's March of the Living alumni qualify for a $250 registration discount towards any BBYO Passport summer experience. Take advantage of it and plan your next summer journey with us.

Not able to travel on the March?

BBYO offers 4-week summer experiences in Israel and Poland:

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Depart for Poland

  • Depart from JFK Airport in the early evening on our supervised group flight
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Israel

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Introduction to Jewish Europe

  • Arrive to Krakow in the early afternoon and meet our local staff team
  • Tour of Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 14th Century
  • Check-in to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Take part in Kabbalat Shabbat services at the historic Izaak Shul in Krakow
  • Evening: Oneg Shabbat and community-building activities
  • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Krakow
  • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto and Oscar Schindler Factory
  • Evening: Group night out in Krakow Old Town and view Wawel Castle
  • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

Sunday, April 23, 2017 | Auschwitz & Birkenau 

  • Visit the grounds of Auschwitz and Birkenau Death Camp
  • Take part in a ceremony at the restored Oswiecem Synagogue on the outskirts of Auschwitz
  • Evening: Group processing and sharing opportunities
  • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

Monday, April 24, 2017 | Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • Return to Auschwitz and join thousands of teens for the March of the Living
  • Take part in the official Yom HaShoah ceremony at Birkenau
  • Evening: Group night out at Market Square
  • Overnight: Eden Hotel, Kraków - Poland

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Majdanek and Lublin

  • Travel north through Poland's Galicia countryside
  • Explore the grounds of the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • Visit the once vibrant center of Jewish life in Lublin (time permitting)
  • Arrive to Warsaw in the evening and check-in to our accommodations
  • Overnight: Novotal Hotel, Warsaw - Poland

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

  • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Explore the remains of the courageous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Final reflections and ceremony at the Treblinka Memorial
  • Travel to the Warsaw Airport and check-in for our overnight flight to Israel

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | Arriving to Israel Then and Now

  • Land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in the early AM hours
  • Celebrate our arrival to the Jewish Homeland with a sunrise ceremony on the Mediterranean shores
  • Tour Atlit, the British-era detention center, and learn about those Jewish refugees who fled Europe against unimaginable odds
  • Travel east to the Galilee - View the Sea of Galilee from above at Switzerland Forest
  • Check-in to our accommodations on the beach and enjoy well deserved rest!
  • Optional afternoon water hike in the Majrassa nature reserve
  • Overnight: Ohalo Manor, Sea of Galilee - Israel

Friday, April 28, 2017 | The Galilee Highlands

  • Ascend to Safed - Walking tour of the historic center of mystical Judaism
  • Misgav Am - Pioneering on the borders of northern Israel
  • Cool off rafting down the upper Jordan River
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat 
  • Experience a memorable Kabbalat Shabbat service on the shores of the Sea of Galilee
  • Shabbat dinner and mifgash (cross-cultural exchange) with Israeli teens from Maccabi Tzeir, BBYO's sister youth movement in Israel
  • Overnight: Ohalo Manor, Sea of Galilee - Israel

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Shabbat in the Galilee

  • Shabbat programming and lunch at Ohalo
  • Relaxed afternoon – Pool, sports, and free time
  • Evening: Cruise on the Sea of Galilee with Israeli dancing and group night out in Tiberias
  • Overnight: Ohalo Manor, Sea of Galilee - Israel

Sunday, April 30, 2017 | Founding Modern Israel

  • Travel to Tel Aviv in the morning
  • The Rabin Center - Explore the history of modern Israel through the life of Israel's most accomplished soldier and statesman
  • Celebrate the founding values of the Jewish State at Israel's Independence Hall
  • Free time to enjoy the Tel Aviv lifestyle along the beachfront!
  • Machon Ayalon – The story of the Haganah and the founding of the IDF
  • Evening: Participate in an Erev Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) ceremony at this historic Latrun Fortress
  • Overnight: Neve Ilan Guest House, Jerusalem Hills

Monday, May 1, 2017 | Yom HaZikaron – Israeli Memorial Day 

  • Honor the soldiers and leaders of modern Israel at Mt. Herzl National Cemetery
  • Observe the Yom HaZikaron national siren as Israeli society comes to a standstill 
  • Lunch and exploration time at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace
  • Afternoon Options:
    • Geo-political tour of Jerusalem - The Seam, the Wall and the Future
    • PresenTense Seminar - IdeaSlam in the Startup Nation
    • Experience a model for coexistence at the Yad B'Yad school
  • Evening: Celebrate the beginning of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) at Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall
  • Overnight: Neve Ilan Guest House, Jerusalem Hills

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Yom Ha’Atzma’ut – Israeli Independence Day

  • Spend the morning exploring the Jewish Quarter of the Old City
  • Reflections at the Kotel - The Western Wall
  • Re-join with groups from around the world for the March in Jerusalem
  • Evening: Celebrate Israeli Independence Day at the March of the Living's “Central Event” 
  • Overnight: Neve Ilan Guest House, Jerusalem Hills

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | Adventures in the Judean Desert

  • Crawl through the caves of the Bar Kochba Rebellion at Hibet Midras
  • Travel to the Judean Desert and ascend Masada via the Roman Ramp
  • Hike up Masada via the Roman Ramp and tour the desert mountain fortress
  • Floating time at the Dead Sea's Ein Bokek beach
  • Closing ceremony and wrap-up, and BBQ dinner party in the Judean Desert
  • Evening: Return to Ben Gurion Airport for an overnight flight

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | Shalom U'Lhitarot

  • Arrive back to JFK Airport, NYC in the morning

You have questions? We've got answers! Frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Contact us to learn more.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is appropriate for Jewish high school students from North America who exhibit maturity. Most students think of the March of the Living as a capstone experience for their high school senior year.

Is this program open to non-members?

Our National Teen Delegation is open to BBYO members and non-members alike. No prior involvement with BBYO is necessary, however, this program does tend to attract a high percentage of BBYO members.

How will my teen travel to the program?

A group flight is included from New York City. You are responsible for your transportation to/from New York. Flight arrangements will be released in January or early February.

What's our approach to safety & security?

The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. As a program, we take a number of precautions to reduce security risks -- we travel on a private coach bus, we stay at accommodations with security, we plan our itineraries to avoid areas of concern, and we always travel with an armed guard. In Israel, our program is registered for monitoring through Israel's Situation Room and our program in Poland is fully coordinated with the local security services. Learn more about our approach to safety & security in Israel and worldwide.

Who staffs the program?

BBYO's National Teen Delegation is led by Sherrie Stalarow, a beloved Jewish educator, who started staffing the MOTL in 1994. Each bus group is accompanied by a team of 2-3 North American madrichim (staff) who are typically full time BBYO professionals. An Israeli educator and a security escort travels with each bus group in Poland and Israel as well. A medical professional accompanies our delegation as a whole. Finally, we are fortunate to welcome a Holocaust Survivor as part of the group experience. Learn, cry, and laugh with all the wisdom that only a Survivor can offer.

What's the typical group size?

Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 35 teens per bus group, and we typically host 3-5 bus groups as part of our delegation.

What's included and what's not?

Our all-inclusive approach provides the comfort of knowing your full costs upfront. The tuition for each program covers accommodations, meals, programming, local transportation and any staff gratuities. Basic medical insurance (excluding pre-existing conditions) is also included. Laundry is not included and offered on an optional basis.

Can I extend my ticket in Israel?

Yes, this is possible, and a flight deviation fee will apply. Plan ahead since any deviation requests after ticketing will result in higher fees and reduced availability. Contact us to make arrangements.

Where will my teen be sleeping?

In Poland we stay in a variety of 3-star or 4-star hotels, and each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. In Israel many of the accommodations we stay at are kibbutz-based guesthouses which provide space for exploration within a secure environment.  All of the accommodations that we use in Israel have a dedicated guard and a secure area.

How is medication handled?

Participants are solely responsible for their own medication. Our staff should be made aware of any medical conditions and necessary prescriptions prior to the start of the program. In addition, our staff will carry a limited supply of over-the-counter medications.

Do I need any vaccines?

BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control. Please review our policy at http://www.bbyopassport.org/immunizations. Additionally, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving. We recommend consulting with your physician as well as the latest Center for Disease Control guidelines.

How is medical insurance handled?

BBYO Passport tuition includes basic local health insurance coverage for all non-pre-existing conditions. Full policy details are available on request. Additionally, teens are required to travel with their own valid medical insurance, which is also provided as part of most travel insurance policies.

Will I need a visa?

If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Poland or Israel, but your passport will need to be valid for at least six months from your date of entry to Poland.

How do I obtain permission to miss school?

We recommend using the following documents:

How do scholarships work?

BBYO has a limited amount of need-based scholarships available on the national and regional level for participation in the March of the Living. Learn More.

  • When can I apply? After you register and submit a $250 deposit, you can start applying for scholarships. You must be a registered applicant in order to apply and receive scholarship funding.
  • When will I be notified if I receive funding from BBYO's national scholarship fund? You will be notified around late November, before the payment deadline of November 30, 2016.
  • What happens if I don't receive outside scholarship funds by the program payment due date? Please have the organization that will be sending funding send us a letter or email of how much scholarship money you'll be receiving and the date of when we should expect to receive it.
  • Where should I send outside scholarship checks? All scholarships should be paid by e-check\ACH. Your scholarship donor can contact us directly with any questions.
  • What happens if I don't receive enough funding and need to cancel? Your program deposit and any money you put down for March of the Living is completely refundable until November 30, 2016. All cancellations must be made by writing - please email us at info@bbyopassport.org
  • What if I have additional scholarship questions? Contact Us

What if I am not able to travel during the school year?

BBYO Passport offers a similar four-week experience in Poland and Israel each summer. The program features ten days of travel in Poland, Prague and Budapest followed by a three week journey in Israel. Complete details are available at Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey and Central Europe Discovery + ILSI

Is travel insurance worthwhile?

Families are highly encouraged to sign up for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected. BBYO Passport has partnered with Travel Insured International to provide a discounted group travel insurance option specially designed for teen travel. The policy provides benefits which include cancelation, delayed flights, missed connections, trip interruption, baggage loss/delay, and medical insurance. Learn more about our group travel insurance option. Only available to USA residents. Contact us directly if you are an international resident and are interested in travel insurance.

Can I only participate in the Poland part of the March?

No, participants are required to participate in both the Poland and Israel parts of the program as they constitute a full experience together.

What are the basic program rules?

BBYO is a teen leadership organization, and as such, we place great trust and responsibility on our participants. The basic program rules include treating fellow teens and staff with respect and decency, staying with the group at all times, no weapons, no purchase, possession or consumption of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and no new tattoos or piercings during the program. By agreeing to participate in the program, you are agreeing to abide by the terms of our Release Form and the BBYO Code of Conduct.

Is free time allowed?

While the itineraries are quite intensive, we do set aside time for relaxation, shopping, and personal exploration. Because we take your safety and security so seriously, there will understandably be some limits on personal exploration time, especially when we are traveling in major cities. Under no circumstances can a teen leave the group.

Where can I get additional questions answered?

Program Questions:
Sherrie Stalarow (Program Director)

Registration Questions:
BBYO Passport Email | 202.537.8091
 

Begin your March of the Living by following the steps below. And be sure to review our national and regional scholarship opportunities.

  1. Enroll Online

    To get started, complete the online registration. Signing up only takes a few minutes, and a $250 refundable deposit is required to complete your registration and hold your spot. 

     
     
  2. Insure Your Travel

    Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment and plan for the unexpected. A group travel insurance policy through Travel Insured International can be selected and paid for as part of your BBYO Passport registration account and may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the program. Learn more about travel insurance.

  3. Complete the Forms

    As part of your registration account you will be able to complete an online program waiver, a medical history form, a connecting travel plan form, and upload a passport copy.

  4. Review the Terms

    You're almost there! Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our straightforward terms of participation.
     

    Payment Schedule

    • A $250 refundable deposit is required to secure your spot
    • November 30, 2016 is the the last day for a deposit refund and when the balance of payment is due. A $75 fee applies for late payments.

    Program prices are subject to some change and are not guaranteed until you complete your registration with a refundable deposit.
     

    Method of Payment

    Payment is accepted by e-check\ACH or credit card. Should you wish to pay by credit card, a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% will be assessed for all payments except the $250 initial deposit.
     

    Cancellation Policy

    All payments, including the $250 trip deposit, are fully refundable until November 30, 2016. Following that date, all program payments are non-refundable. Exceptions will be reviewed by BBYO on a case by case basis and at BBYO's sole discretion. All cancellations must be made in writing. Participants are highly encouraged to take out travel insurance.
     

    Terms of Acceptance

    Acceptance to the program is conditioned upon the receipt of a full application including a physical examination of the applicant that demonstrates his/her physical and mental fitness and ability to participate in all aspects of the program. Receipt of deposit and application forms does not guarantee acceptance to the program. BBYO reserves the right to deny acceptance according to its own discretion.

    BBYO reserves the right to adjust the price of the program by up to 5% based on exchange rate and airline fuel fee fluctuations beyond our control. Participants reserve the right to cancel and receive a full refund in the event of a price increase if they so wish.