We started out from a terrible place under an angry sky. We rode as strangers, as friends, and as families. We climbed, we sweated, we fell, and we flew. We thought about those who never left that terrible place. And in the end, we arrived. Together, under a blue sky, strangers no more, having made a journey that took us farther than the miles we rode. Welcomed into a place that has become for many a home. Close to that terrible place but at the same time far, far away.
Jonathan Ornstein, JCC Krakow Executive Director
This was a symbolic ride, reaffirming the Jewish people's unmistakable will to survive and thrive. The experience moved me beyond what I could have ever expected, and seeing the hundreds of Poles applauding and cheering upon entering the courtyard of the JCC at the end of a hard and rigorous ride brought me to tears, tears of joy, of hope, of connection, and promise.
Marc, 2015 & 2018 RFTL Participant
RFTL was a perfect way to experience the lows and highs of Jewish history in Poland. Touring Auschwitz, where my father was imprisoned for 2 and a half years, was sobering and overwhelming. Being able to ride a bicycle away from the gates of Birkenau, towards renewed Jewish life at the Krakow JCC was inspiring and fun. Very worthwhile!
Marsha, 2018 RFTL Participant