My brother Justin inspired my family to participate in the inaugural Ride for the Living. Justin worked at the JCC Krakow for nearly two years, pouring all of his time and effort into supporting the growing Jewish community in Poland. While in Poland, Justin and I would chat about his experiences. His passion grew each day; I knew it was something I had to see first-hand. That summer my family witnessed a modern day miracle. Not only is Jewish life growing and thriving, it is celebrated in amazing ways. Participating in the Ride for the Living was the highlight of our two week trip. I am greatly looking forward to hopping back on my bike for another meaningful 55-mile ride.
Ride For the Living is an annual fundraising event under the patronage of Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich. The 55-mile bicycle ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow is a journey to not only remember Jewish history, but to celebrate and support the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today.
The 2016 Ride For The Living will take place from June 2-5, 2016. Ride For The Living consists of 3 days of educational programs, tours of Krakow, Shabbat dinner with the community, and the highlight of event, the bike ride on June 3, 2016.
Ride For The Living was inspired by JCC Krakow member Robert Desmond who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles from London to Auschwitz visiting WWII sites of liberation along his journey. After joining the JCC and becoming an active member, he realized his ride should not end in a place of loss, but rather at a place of hope and renewal, JCC Krakow! Join the Jewish community and friends from around the world by riding or donating today.
To learn more about Ride For The Living, please visit our webpage: www.ridefortheliving.org