JULY 2-5, 2020

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What is Ride For The Living?

Ride For The Living (RFTL) is a four-day experience that gives you the chance to immerse yourself in Krakow’s Jewish past, present, and future. RFTL boasts a full schedule 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, culminating in Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival, which welcomes over 30,000 people and offers around 300 events each year.

Ride for the Living 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. Following his ride, Robert came to Krakow and visited the JCC, where he learned about the reawakened and growing Jewish community in the city. It was clear that his ride should not have ended at Auschwitz, a place of sorrow and loss, but at JCC Krakow, surrounded by the local 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 experience begin on the morning of Thursday, July 2, 2020 and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

*This itinerary may be subject to change*


July 2

  • Private tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and memorial ceremony

  • Welcome dinner for RFTL participants and local community members


July 3

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

  • 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


July 4

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

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

  • Private cocktail reception overlooking the concert


July 5

  • Closing celebration and garden party

 Interested in joining us for Ride For The Living 2020? Email ridefortheliving@jcckrakow.org with any questions or register clicking the button below.

 "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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