David Machlis/Ellie Rubenstein/Monise Neumann
Quoting David Machlis, co-founder of March for the Living, “The Holocaust is not just
a Jewish issue, it is a universal issue. We must learn from the past, so that a more
tolerant and just society will evolve for the betterment of all human kind.
”The March of the Living”event is joined every year by thousands of Jewish teens, adults and
survivors from around the world, along with many other people from diverse faiths
A key element of the program is the unique participation of Holocaust survivors. Hearing survivors’ stories in the very place where they unfolded is an experience of a lifetime and an opportunity to remember the past and better ensure the future. The years approaching are some of the last that survivors will be able to join us, making participation in this trip timely and more relevant than ever before.
As Ellie Wiesel once said: “When you listen to a witness, you become a witness.” The
participants will become the living testimony for future generations. According to third party studies, the long-term effect of the March of the Living program has been significant in terms of its impact on both Jewish and universal values. Participants return with a greater commitment — to Israel, to remembering the Holocaust, to strengthening Jewish identity and practice, and to becoming involved in their local Jewish communities. These activities include assisting the homeless, combatting genocide worldwide, volunteering at home or abroad in various worthy humanitarian efforts, and working diligently to combat prejudice, hatred of every kind as they support a message of respect and empathy.
With gratitude to our generous sponsors, Gloria and Marty Greenstein and the Rene Bloch Foundation.