Holocaust Legacy Fellows

Holocaust Legacy Fellows is a youth leadership program designed to educate Jewish teens about the Holocaust as a watershed event in Jewish history and in the history of humanity. The intent of the fellowship is to broaden their world views and empowering them to positively impact the community and world. Holocaust Legacy Fellows offers an immersive experience for a dedicated cohort who will pledge to take responsibility to actively preserve and perpetuate the memory and lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.

Twenty teens from the greater Boston area are selected yearly based on their leadership aptitude and commitment to taking an active role in addressing anti-semitism. These teens stand out as the ones who demonstrate leadership and want to make the biggest difference in their community. Fellows accepted into the program must participate in a series of mandatory monthly meetings through the 2022 year and agree to fulfill all the program requirements.

This unique Fellowship will include meeting and hearing testimonials from Holocaust survivors. Holocaust Legacy Fellows travel together to Poland, where they will learn on site at historical locations. Upon return, the teens will be expected to share their experiences with the community.

The Fellowship year begins in January 2022. Applications will open in the summer of 2021. Interviews are conducted in the fall of 2021. The cohort is announced in December 2021.

Applicants will need a completed application and two references in order to schedule an interview. References should be from non-related adults or friends who can attest to your character and leadership skills. One must be from a school official or teacher. Please note: the only type of references accepted are ones listed on the reference form.

Can I participate in Holocaust Legacy Fellows?

Applicants to the program must:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Commit to full participation in all required pre and post-trip meetings
  • Be in the 11th grade during the cohort year
  • Be a Jewish teen residing in the Greater Boston area
  • Previously participated in an organized teen Israel experience
  • Have not previously participated in an organized Holocaust educational trip to Poland
  • In consideration of Covid-19, some participation restrictions are subject to change.
What is the Fellowship requirements?

Holocaust Legacy Fellows commit to:

  • Attend 5 Sunday afternoon pre-trip educational meetings
  • Attend 1 trip orientation meeting for Fellows and parents
  • Participate on the 10 day trip to Poland
  • Complete two pre-trip assignments
  • Journal writing/sharing during educational meetings and trip
  • Write a post-trip reflection essay of the experience
  • Prepare a post-trip presentation on the memory and lessons of the Holocaust
  • Attend 2 post-trip programs (Graduation and Project Sharing Reunion)
  • 1 presentation project about the experience and memory and lessons of Holocaust
  • Participate in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January
  • Serve on the Holocaust Speakers Bureau
  • Pledge to transmit the memory and lessons of the Holocaust for future generations

A $500 refundable deposit is required upon participants acceptance to the program. In order to receive the $500 refundable deposit, the participant and parents are expected to fulfill the requirements of the Holocaust Legacy Fellows program.

If you have any questions, please contact Jody Kipnis at 978-219-4575 or email jody@holocaustlegacyfoundation.org

What is the Poland part like?

Holocaust Legacy Fellows are challenged to engage in critical thought and personal growth with the complicated topic of examining basic moral issues the Holocaust provides. This includes but not limited to the experiential education, meaningful memorial visits to Treblinka, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek Death Camps, Jewish Heritage tour of Warsaw and the Jewish Quarter in Krakow, tour of Oskar Schindler’s Factory and learn of other non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.

This Poland trip is unique in that it affords Fellows an opportunity to tour historic Holocaust sites throughout Poland while also exploring current events. Fellows will spend time each evening examining the days experience through group discussions as they develop the values of Holocaust Legacy Fellows core: personal growth, empowerment and deep connections.

Fellows will spend time each evening discussing the days experience as they develop the values of Holocaust Legacy Foundation’s core: personal growth, empowerment and deep connections.

Jillian Lederman

“To me, keeping a journal was not only my way to express all of the emotions that I was experiencing, but it was also an outlet for me to record every piece of information, every statistic, every story that I learned about that struck me as vital to remember throughout the time I spent in Poland and Germany. With each year that goes by, fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors remain to tell their stories firsthand. Soon, all the survivors will have passed on. Soon, memory will be all we have left. Soon, forgetting will be easier than remembering. By writing in my journal, I was able to make remembering easier for myself. Now, I have a record of all that I experienced so that I can do my part to accomplish the vital task of passing the memories of the Holocaust on to as many people as possible”.

Danny Richmond

“Don’t stress too much about whether or not the trip is going to be too emotionally heavy for you. The staff all do a great job being there for you, and the people around you will constantly be there for support. This trip was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced, if not the most powerful. Through all the sadness and anger I felt at times on this trip, I know it was worth it because of all the lessons, stories, and more I brought back with me”.

How do I apply?

Candidates must submit an application along with two letters of recommendations from a teacher or mentor to be considered. Recommendation letters from family members or friends will not be accepted).

Applications are due November 21, 2021. 

Interviews will take place in the fall of 2021. Acceptance to the program will be announced in December.

Applications will become available in the Summer of 2021.

Notify Me

A complete application includes:
  • Program application
  • Application questions (must be answered by teen applicant)
  • A recent headshot picture of applicant emailed to info@holocaustlegacyfoundation.org
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Applications are due November 21, 2021. Holocaust Legacy Foundation will not be accepting late applications due to the high interest of the Holocaust Legacy Fellows program. Please send all materials to info@holocaustlegacyfoundation.org or mail to

Holocaust Legacy Foundation
41 S Main Street, #364
Middleton, MA 01949

Once the application is complete, applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview after September 1, 2021. The interview process will be forfeited if all application forms are not submitted to the Holocaust Legacy Foundation by November 1, 2021.

The Holocaust Legacy Fellowship and 10 day experience through Poland is fully subsidized through the Holocaust Legacy Foundation. A $500 refundable deposit is required upon participants acceptance to the program, and will be returned after the participant and parents fulfill the requirements of the Holocaust Legacy Fellows program. Participants will be responsible for the $200 cost of medical and trip cancellation insurance and tips for staff in Poland.

Holocaust Legacy Foundation reserves the right to cancel the trip or change the itinerary at any time for any reason.

The application is only complete when all forms are submitted to the Holocaust Legacy Foundation by November 1, 2021. You will receive an email confirmation when the complete application is received.

For more information contact Holocaust Legacy Foundation at info@holocaustlegacyfoundation.org or 978-219-4575.


2022 Holocaust Legacy Fellow Calendar

Informational Meeting For New Applicants:
Sunday, September 12, 2021
6:30 pm
Location: TBD

Application Deadline:
November 1, 2021

Acceptance to the program will be announced by:
December 22, 2021

Attendance at all educational sessions and events listed are mandatory. Failure to attend an educational session and trip orientation will result in forfeiting the Poland trip. Please check your calendar carefully to make sure you can commit to all required pre and post trip dates! The $500 refundable deposit will be refunded when all of the program requirements are filled.

Educational Sessions:

  • Sunday, January 23
    5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, including dinner
  • Sunday, February 13
    5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, including dinner
  • Sunday, March 13
    5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, including dinner
  • Sunday, April 3
    5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, including dinner
  • Sunday, May 15
    5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, including dinner

Poland Orientation for Teens and Parents:

Sunday, TBD
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Trip to Poland:

July 31 – August 9

HLF 2022 Graduation:

Sunday, September 11
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Check your calendar to make sure you can commit to all required dates.

HLF Reflections – 2019

Gallery – 2019