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 to JCC Krakow is a trip to not only remember Jewish history, but to celebrate and support the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today.
The 2015 Ride for the Living will take place on June 5, 2015. Like the inaugural ride in 2014, participants will join the Jewish community of Krakow for Shabbat dinner and participate in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC’s) 7@Nite Festival.
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 shouldn't have ended in a place of loss, but rather have members of Krakow’s Jewish community and friends from around the world join him by finishing in a place of hope - JCC Krakow.