What is the current situation with COVID-19 and the March of the Living?
We are planning for an in-person return to Poland and Israel for 2022, however, we are continuing to assess the situation to maintain the safety and wellness of all our participants.
COVID-19 is still a serious health threat and the situation and policies in Canada, Poland, and Israel are always evolving. The world has changed, and group travel has changed. MOL 2022 will be different from all previous MOL programs.
Please read all details on this website and all information shared in future communications. We aim to keep you informed of everything as more decisions are made closer to departure. It is important to always remain flexible as we navigate these unprecedented times together.
Please reach out to us with any questions, keeping in mind we may not have all the answers right now. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
What are the dates of the trip?
Tentative trip dates are April 25-May 9, 2022. Dates are subject to change and may shift by a few days.
What is the cost of the program?
The fee for March of the Living 2022 is $8,900 CAD. This price includes airfare, land costs in Poland and Israel, gratuities, food, and pre-trip sessions.
This price does not include travel insurance or personal spending money. The fee is subject to change by March 1, 2022, due to increased costs.
A $500 deposit is due with PART I of the Application Form. The deposit will be applied toward the trip fee. The deposit is refundable until January 13, 2022.
What is the cancellation policy?
We are currently in the process of confirming the cancellation policy with the International March of the Living. Once we have full details, we will share them with you. As of right now, any deposits will be fully refundable before January 13, 2022.
Is there a payment schedule?
Yes, there is a payment schedule. Payment for the trip is accepted by credit card or cheque and is due as follows:
- December 24 - $500 CAD (refundable up until January 13, 2022)
- January 14 - $2,800 CAD
- February 15 -$2,800 CAD
- March 15 - $2,800 CAD
Is financial assistance available?
Yes, applications for financial assistance will be available in PART I of the application process.
Will there be extra costs relating to COVID?
- The cost of a PCR Covid test prior to departing Montreal is not included in the trip fees.
- Please note that the cost of insurance is not included in the trip fees. (See below for more information about insurance requirements.)
What are the COVID testing requirements?
COVID testing guidelines will follow requirements from each country, as well as the guidelines of the International March of the Living and medical advisors.
Currently, requirements are as follows and are subject to change:
- PCR test when leaving Canada
- PCR test when leaving Poland
- PCR test upon entry to Israel
- PCR test before returning to Canada
Do I need insurance?
All travellers are required to have travel insurance with the following coverage:
- Emergency medical insurance
- Trip interruption insurance
- Accommodation and meals in the event you must quarantine
- Benefits for emergency medical and trip interruption insurance must include coverage for COVID-19
Trip cancellation insurance with coverage for COVID-19 is strongly recommended.
Please review any policy to make sure you understand its benefits, exclusions, limitations, terms, and conditions. More information about buying insurance will be provided in January.
Where can I purchase insurance?
Travel insurance can be purchased at a travel agency or from an insurance representative. Please review any policy to make sure you understand its benefits, exclusions, limitations, terms, and conditions. More information about buying insurance will be provided in January.
What are the vaccine requirements?
All participants and chaperones on the trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes a third dose (if the government approves booster for 16+). All routine childhood immunizations must be up to date as well, including measles.
What if the government of Canada/Quebec does not make COVID boosters available before the trip? I have heard that Israel will not let me in.
Rules and requirements in both Poland and Israel are constantly changing, and we are monitoring them and will update as needed.
What if Israel's borders are still closed?
If the borders to Israel are closed, we will be running a Poland ONLY trip and the cost of the trip will be updated.
Will the itinerary be changed at all due to COVID?
The main elements of the itinerary will remain in place; however, we will make the necessary adjustments if COVID regulations do not allow for certain gatherings or events of a certain size. As always, the itinerary is subject to change up until the last minute based on health and safety concerns. The health and well-being of the group are our top priority.
What if someone tests positive for COVID-19 on the trip?
If someone tests positive for COVID-19 on the trip, quarantine accommodations, meals, and medical care will be arranged for the participant and will be billed to the family after the trip. If a participant must quarantine or stay behind at any location due to COVID-19 or any medical emergency, a Federation CJA staff or MOL Chaperone will stay with them.
What do the pre-trip sessions look like this year?
The March of the Living is not just a two-week trip but also includes pre-trip educational and group sessions. These sessions will be a mix of in-person and virtual sessions leading up to the 2022 trip. There will not be a shabbaton this year.
Will we be flying out of Toronto or Montreal?
Flights are still being confirmed; however, it is likely that the Montreal delegation will be flying out of Toronto. Should that be the case, we will be arranging busses to travel as a group from Montreal to Toronto.
Is the food kosher?
March of the Living is a kosher trip, and all provided food in Poland and Israel is kosher. Out of respect for the trip and the people on it, participants are asked to respect the laws of kashrut when bringing food or purchasing food during the program.
Can I request to be on a bus with a friend? What about roommate requests?
Friend requests will be taken in PART II of the application process. We try our best to guarantee you one of your requests for your bus. As for rooming requests, one of the best parts of this trip is getting to know new people, therefore we do not take rooming requests.
What if my teen(s) missed MOL in 2020 and/or 2021 because of COVID?
We are hoping to offer a trip to Poland and Israel in May/June 2022 for CEGEP students who may have missed the MOL experience in high school. More information will be available in early 2022. Please fill out this form indicating your interest in this trip.
When is the application closing?
PART I of the application is due on December 24th, 2021.
When will I find out if I have been accepted?
Conditional acceptances will be sent out on January 5th with a link to complete Part II of the application. PART II of the application will include terms and conditions, payment schedules, and other necessary documents.
What if the trip conflicts with provincial exams?
If a ministry exam is scheduled during the March of the Living, the Ministry of Education will defer the exam for all impacted students to allow them to write it on a different date.
Students at a non-Jewish school: Parents must contact the school directly and ask their principal to submit a deferral request for the exam to the Ministry. Your school will advise you of the alternate exam date.
Students at a Jewish school: The Association of Jewish Day Schools (AJDS) will contact the Ministry on your behalf. Your school will advise you of the alternate exam date.