The Lily and Harry Memorial Holocaust Education Program of the Asheville JCC announces funding for Asheville area teens to travel to Israel and Poland
March of the Living is a two-week travel experience and an annual rite of passage where Jewish teens from five continents converge in Poland and in Israel for an emotional journey that impacts their sense of history, perspective, and identity.
The program occurs April 18 – May 3, 2020 and coincides with the commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. Participants march in unity from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and then celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in the streets of Jerusalem. Along the way, the group’s travels are uniquely enriched by the presence of Survivors who share their own personal testimony, perseverance, and wisdom.
The Lily and Harry Lerner Memorial Holocaust Education Program will award partial program tuition coverage for at least two recipients from the Asheville area. (The total cost of the program in 2019 was $5,500 + airfare to NY. Depending on the number of successful applicants, awards granted in 2020 can be as much as $5,000.)
Award recipients will be responsible for regular blog entries on their experiences while they are traveling and will help develop and implement educational programming for the Asheville community upon their return. Recipients will also be involved with recruitment of the following year’s participants and in donor cultivation for future scholarships.
- Local high school student not graduating in 2020
- Self-identify as Jewish
- Demonstrated commitment & participation in the Jewish Community
- Demonstrated leadership experience
- Demonstrated interest in core Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world)
- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly about the meaning of personal experiences and reflection
Deadline to apply is 12 noon on September 12, 2019. Applicants will be notified of scholarship award by October 15th and will need to commit by November 1st.
Find the online application HERE.