Ride For The Living Program

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.

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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


“The rabbis’ remarks at the conclusion of the visit to Birkenau provided invaluable context and inspiration”

“It was a phenomenal experience having Shabbat dinner with so many people especially after the difficult visit to Auschwitz and the empowering ride”

“The community feeling of participating in the ride was overwhelming. I loved the feeling of having a shared goal with people from all over the world coming together to support the important work of the Krakow JCC”

“Wonderful tours! I wish I had the time to do all of them. One tour guide was better than the next. Really lovely”

Don’t hesitate and register now to secure your spot for 2020 Ride For The Living!

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!