My family and I had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Ride for the Living, a 65 mile bike ride from Auschwitz to the JCC, from destruction to hope. This experience was the highlight of our two-week trip, and will be a long lasting reminder of the strength of this growing community
Samantha Kadis - Denver, CO

2015 Ride For The Living


The 2016 Ride For The Living will take place from June 2-5, 2016. Ride For The Living consists of 4 days of educational and community programs, with the highlight of the bike ride on June 3, 2016.  

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 not only remembers Jewish history, but celebrates and supports the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today.

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 have ended in a place of loss, but rather at a place of hope, JCC Krakow, joined by the Jewish community and friends from around the world.

Who Does Ride for the Living Help?

JCC Krakow provides a Jewish home for all generations including our Senior Club (with over 80 Holocaust survivors), Gimel - the Jewish Student Club, Sunday School and nursery, and Club Bet for adults. Here are two of our 600 Jewish members whose lives you have a chance to impact. 

I'm 79 years old and besides the Nazi occupation, which I survived by being hidden with my mother, I've lived my whole life in Krakow. Over the past six years, the JCC has become the focus of my life. I eat meals here. Learn skills here. Meet with my friends here. And simply feel at home. I can't tell you how important this place is to me, and other people like me. Thank G-d we have this center.

Zofia, 80, Holocaust Survivor

I found out about my Jewish roots when I was 13. At the time, I felt very lonely. There was a Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, but not much else. When the JCC was opened in 2008, I learned there were other people like me. The JCC is now my home away from home. I’m at the JCC everyday, I finally feel like part of a community. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to show the world that Poland is not just a place of cemeteries and concentration camps. We are here and we are proud to be Jewish!

Olga, 28, GIMEL Jewish Student Club Member

Sign Up for 2016

Due to limited space availability, please email about registering for 2016.


Can't make it for this year's Ride, but want to support the cause? Please click the Donate button. If it is on behalf of a participant, please mention their name in the comments box of the donation form.


Click below to see photos from the 2015 Ride for the Living.

2014 Photos

Click below to see photos from the inaugural Ride for the Living.


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