We are pleased to announce that JQ International will be sponsoring the first ever LGBTQ+ & Ally Adult March of the Living Delegation in 2019! This once-in-a-lifetime experience is open to interested participants worldwide with the opportunity to join for either the Poland only portion or both Poland and Israel.
Adults interested in participating in the 2019 JQ LGBTQ+ & Ally March of the Living are invited to attend an Information Session on Monday, September 17th at 7:30pm at the JQ International headquarters in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. Join for some light nosh and drinks, and hear impactful and significant stories from those that have attended the trip or are involved with the planning.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the March of the Living Program and who participates in this experience?
A: March of the Living is part of the single largest Jewish educational program for teens and adults in the world. The March of the Living will bring together individuals from 52 countries and regions around the world including Israel, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, the USA, South Africa, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Austria and Poland. Thousands of people from all over the world will spend one week in Poland for the week surrounding Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. The trip allows participants to learn about the Jewish community that once thrived in Poland as well as encountering the present-day resurgence of Jewish culture and life in Poland. The week in Israel will allow participants to experience Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, in May 2019.
Q: What are the dates of the JQ International 2019 Adult March of the Living Delegation?
A: Participants will meet in Krakow, Poland on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The Poland portion of the program will end in Warsaw, Poland mid-day on Monday, May 6 th . For those who are continuing to Israel, the group will leave Warsaw in the afternoon of Monday, May 6th the and will arrive in Tel Aviv the same day. The Israel portion of the program will conclude on Saturday evening, May 11th . Please note that each participant is responsible for their own flight arrangements to Poland and return from Israel if doing the complete program and to and from Poland for the Poland portion only. If you are participating in both portions of the program, the flight from Warsaw to Tel Aviv is included in the price.
Q: How do I apply to participate in the JQ International March of the Living Adult Delegation?
A: Complete the JQ International online application that will be found on this page. Please note that each delegation’s forms and procedures are specific – please do not register or apply through any other delegation’s website or through the March of the Living International office website.
Q: What is the program fee?
MOTL Trip Cost
Participation in both Poland and Israel portions- Land costs and flight from Warsaw to Tel Aviv -- $5,550.00
Poland portion only- land (NO FLIGHTS INCLUDED) -- $2650.00
Single Supplement in Poland -- $550.00
Single Supplement in Israel -- $800.00
Q: Is security a program concern?
A:Security and safety are a high priority throughout the March. MOTL delegations travel with at least one-armed security guard per bus, and all site visits are checked and ‘cleared’ by security in the mornings and before groups arrive. March of the Living International works with the highest levels of law enforcement and government in both Poland and Israel to ensure that the security of participants is top priority.
Q: What religious practices or expectations are there; is the food kosher?
A: The program is set up to accommodate the religious needs of all its participants. All food in Poland and Israel is certified kosher.
Q: If my passport is expired, or if I do not have a passport, what should I do?
A: Passports can be renewed or applied for at your local post office. A copy of the picture page of renewed passport must be sent to JQ International office. Applicants also must have a valid passport with expiration date on or after November 11, 2019.
Q: Should one purchase Trip Protection/Cancellation Insurance?
A: The International March of the Living does not provide this type of insurance; however, it is highly recommended that you purchase a travel insurance policy that includes both medical and emergency evacuation coverage.
Q: Is my March of the Living Trip considered tax deductible?
A: March of the Living is not a tax-deductible item because the trip is involved in an exchange of goods and services.
Q: Do you need a visa to enter Poland and Israel?
A: US Citizens do not require a visa to enter either Poland or Israel. If you are a citizen of another country, please check with both the Polish and Israeli Consulates to see if a visa is required for entrance.
Q: What is the itinerary for the program?
A: The itinerary varies, but typically includes a week in Poland visiting, Krakow, Auschwitz and Birkenau, Lodz, Warsaw, Majdanek and Lublin. The week in Israel, commemorating Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), includes visits to places of historical and contemporary significance.
Q: Is this a really depressing trip?
A: The March of the Living journey to Poland and Israel allows participants to encounter the richness and anguish of our past, the vitality of the present and the hope for our future. Visiting the sites in Poland, while filled with emotion, is also both positive and uplifting, because you will share moments of both sadness and joy with thousands of people from all over the world. The Israel portion of the trip is powerful and inspiring, and participants come away from March of the Living knowing that they have created long-lasting bonds and experienced a life-changing event.
Q: If I have additional questions or concerns, whom should I contact?
A: For specific questions about the JQ International Adult delegation, please contact MOTL@JQinternational.org or Monise Neumann, National Consultant for International March of the Living at email@example.com - 818.621-0278 More information about MOTL can be found on the International March of the Living website at www.motl.org.