JULY 2-5, 2020

Registration will open at the end of October 2019. Sign up for our interest list here:

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What is Ride For The Living?

Ride For The Living (RFTL) is a four-day event that gives you a chance to immerse yourself in Krakow’s Jewish past, present, and future. Come discover and celebrate Jewish life in Poland. RFTL boasts a full program of activities, including a private guided tour of Auschwitz, tours of Krakow, participation in the largest Shabbat dinner in post-war Krakow, and an inspiring one-day, 60-mile (97 km) bike ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow. This all takes place during the Jewish Culture Festival, which welcomes over 30,000 people and offers around 300 events each year.

The Ride was inspired by Robert Desmond, who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles (2,180 km) from London to Auschwitz, visiting Holocaust and WWII sites along his journey. Robert then came to Krakow and joined the JCC and learned about our reborn Jewish community. It was clear that his ride should not have ended at a place of loss but rather at a place of hope, JCC Krakow, joined by members of the local Jewish community and friends from around the world.


We take care of bikes, insurance, jerseys, helmets, transportation, meals, and support services. Just come to Krakow ride-ready and bring a pair of bike shorts!


Please note that activities for the four-day Ride For The Living program begin on Thursday morning and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

*This itinerary may be subject to change*

Thursday, July 2

  • Private tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and memorial ceremony

  • Welcome dinner for RFTL participants and local community members

Friday, July 3

  • Ride For The Living: Cycle from Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow on a mostly flat, enjoyable, and meaningful 60-mile (97 km) route or choose the shorter 14-mile (22 km) route or longer advanced route (please contact us to learn more about the additional advanced route)

  • Non-riders have a separate track of educational, historical, and community programming

  • Shabbat dinner with over 700 participants, including Krakow's Jewish community, as part of the Jewish Culture Festival

Saturday, July 4

  • Jewish Culture Festival events or a selection of tours of Old Town Krakow, the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, the former Krakow Ghetto, or local food establishments

  • Shalom on Szeroka: Open-air musical concert featuring highlight acts from the Jewish Culture Festival and Havdalah with 20,000 people

  • Private cocktail reception overlooking the concert

Sunday, July 5

  • Closing celebration and garden party

 Interested in joining us for Ride For The Living 2020? Email ridefortheliving@jcckrakow.org or fill out the interest form.

Registration will open at the end of October 2019.

 "It was an amazing event riding with two survivors 73 years after the Holocaust. It is something that everyone should experience. We should never forget!"

- Three-Time Tour de France Winner Greg LeMond, 2018 RFTL Participant

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