The JCC in Kraków announces the Third Annual Ride For the Living
A 55-mile fundraising bicycle ride from the Nazi-German concentration camp, Auschwitz to Kraków, Friday, June 3, 2016
Kraków, Poland – The Third Annual Ride for the Living will take place on Friday, June 3, 2016. The Ride for the Living is a unique event where participants cycle 55 miles (90 km) from the iconic Auschwitz-Birkenau gate to the Jewish Community Centre in Kraków (JCC Kraków) and participate in four days of educational and community programs. The Ride for the Living commemorates the Holocaust while celebrating the renewal of contemporary Jewish life in Poland today. The Ride for the Living will be led by the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, and riding next to him will be 81-year-old Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor, Marcel Zielinski.
The Jewish Community Center Association of North America (JCCA) is offering a satellite Ride for the Living program to JCCs around the U.S. for those unable to travel to Poland to participate.
The Ride for the Living is an annual event under the patronage of the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich who in 2016 will lead the event himself. “When Jews around the world consider Poland, they have an obligation to not only remember the past, but also to recognize the work being done to bring as many Jews here in Poland back to the Jewish people. The Ride for the Living is important because Jewish life in Poland is flourishing.
Jewish communities around Poland are growing, and while we acknowledge our loss as a people here at the hands of Nazi Germans, we must focus on the future,” explains Rabbi Schudrich. Riders will tour Auschwitz-Birkenau on Thursday, June 2; cycle the 55 miles from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the JCC Kraków on Friday, June 3; join the Jewish community of Kraków for a festive Shabbat dinner on Friday night after the ride; and participate in 7@nite -- Night of the Synagogues on Saturday, June 4.
The JCC Kraków will partner with the JCCA to offer a satellite Ride for the Living program at participating JCCs on Friday, June 3rd concurrent with the Ride in Poland. JCCs will hold dedicated Ride for the Living spin classes where participants will cycle to support ride participants in Poland while learning about the renewal of Jewish life happening in Kraków and across Poland.
Funds raised from the inaugural 2014 Ride supported a JCC Kraków Holocaust Survivors’ Mission to Israel. For most of these child survivors, it was their first time in Israel and their only opportunity to travel as a community. In 2015, riders raised over $150,000.00 to launch new educational programs and support medical and welfare services for the JCC’s Holocaust Survivor members. The 2016 Ride for the Living will support ongoing programming for all generations in the community including Holocaust Survivors, students, and children.
To learn more and register for the Ride for the Living, please visitwww.ridefortheliving.org or contact Jennifer Singer, JCC Kraków Director of External Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the JCC Kraków:
The Jewish Community Centre of Kraków (JCC Kraków) provides social, educational, and community oriented services to the Jewish community of Kraków. Opened in April 2008 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the JCC has quickly established itself as the focal point of Jewish life in the city both for Krakowians as well as thousands of visitors from Poland and abroad every month. For more information, please visit www.jcckrakow.org or www.friendsofjcckrakow.org.