March of the Living

March of the Living

Remember the Past, Ensure the Future

The March of the Living is a two-week educational program, which brings grade 11 students to Poland and Israel in April/May.  This experiential trip teaches about Jewish European life before the war, the Holocaust, the creation of the state of Israel, and promotes Jewish identity development.

The program includes a mandatory series of social and educational pre-trip sessions. The preparation and the trip itself aims to educate Jewish students about the history of the Jewish people, as well as to instill the values and importance of “never forgetting.” The expected outcomes are that students will be more connected to their history and understand that they have a communal responsibility moving forward. 

Meet the MOL 2020 Team

Co-chairs: Eva Cohen and Bobby Titleman

Program Manager: Tristan Dorfman

Please contact us at [email protected] or 514.345.6449


Applications for MOL 2020 are now closed. Please email us if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.


All participants on the 2020 March of the Living (MOL) will be carefully selected. Final acceptance to the MOL program is conditional, based on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the Student Code of Conduct
  • Attendance, participation and cooperative attitude and behaviour at all mandatory preparatory sessions, including the weekend Shabbaton retreat
  • Your physical, medical and mental well-being, as well as approval from the participant’s physician
  • Approval from the participant’s school, based on his/her academic and behavioural standings
  • The receipt and processing of all March of the Living payments
  • Attaining the fundraising commitment of $360 CAD
Cost & Payment

The program cost is $7,800 CAD and is all inclusive of the pre-trip sessions, three international flights, land costs and food. Payment can be made by credit card or cheque, payable to “Federation CJA”. 

Financial assistance

Financial Assistance is available through the Generations Fund, GenMTL’s March of the Living scholarship program, and Hebrew Free Loan Association.

Trip Insurance

All travellers must have international emergency medical insurance. Please click this link for information about insurance packages offered by Direct Travel. The insurance includes coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption and emergency medical expenses. Please see the policy for complete details of benefits, exclusions, limitations, terms and conditions.

Contact Jill Frankel at Direct Travel (514-342-9624 ext. 2700, or [email protected]) with any questions about the insurance packages.

Important Dates for MOL 2020

Participants will be assigned to one date per session. All sessions are mandatory.

Prep Session 1 December 4 or 5
Weekend Shabbaton  January 17-19 or January 24-26
Prep Session 2 February 25 or 26
Prep Session 3 March 11 or 12
Prep Session 4 March 25 or 26
Pre-Trip Info Session
April 2
Tentative Trip Dates April 19 – May 4


Other Trips to Poland & Israel

For more information about the Federation CJA Mission to Poland & Israel (May 11-20, 2020), please contact Alexis Heppner, [email protected] or 514.345.2645 ext. 3308

For more information about joining participants across Canada on the National Adult or National Young Adult March of the Living, please email [email protected] or visit The national programs are run by Canada Israel Experience and Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA.

As per the recommendation of Canadian health experts, Federation CJA is advocating and practicing social distancing. Emerging research shows people can be contagious without showing symptoms, making it difficult to know who is spreading the disease. In order to \"flatten the curve\" on the pandemic and keep our community safe, we are postponing or cancelling all upcoming events until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
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