March of the Living Los Angeles Delegation
March 16th, 2012
The March of the Living is an annual, international program that brings Jewish teens from 60 countries to encounter two sites of fundamental importance to the Jewish people: Poland and Israel. The 2009 Los Angeles delegation of 136 teens was among the nearly 2,500 high school students from North America. Every year, along with Jewish educators, Holocaust survivors, and community leaders, participants spend a week visiting concentration camps and former sites of Jewish life and culture in Poland.
This evaluation is an ethnographic study of the 2009 Los Angeles March of the Living experience: from the application process to students’ perceptions of the trip’s initial impact on their attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Utilizing multiple research methods – including participant observation, qualitative interviews, and examination of program related documents – the study examines events, activities, and relationships and explores participants’ and staff members’ perceptions of the trip.