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Walking to End Genocide: My Daughter in Poland, the Rest of Us in Los Angeles

My daughter is in Poland as I write, joining 10,000 other Jewish teens from around the world on the international March of the Living. As its website states, March of the Living is an “educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again.”

Sending our daughter on this trip – to be the first November/Kipnes to view the ruins of the Holocaust – was a gift to the Jewish people and to the world. She will be a witness to the murders, and she will, I hope, become an activist against genocide wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head.

As she marches through Poland and then Israel, I am preparing to march with 2,000 people in Jewish World Watch‘s Walk to End Genocide. In memory of the 11 million who lost their lives in the Holocaust, and the countless other millions who were murdered in genocides before and since, I will be walking on this Sunday. I am proud that my synagogue, Congregation Or Ami of Calabasas, CA, – by virtue of the largest delegation of walkers and highest amount of donations – has led this walk for the past two years.

If you are in the area, come walk with us on the Walk to End Genocide. Register here.

If you cannot walk, consider sponsoring me so we can reach my goal of raising another $1,000 to help end genocide. Click here to donate. Together we can do the work to wipe out hatred-filled, xenophobic genocide.

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