The Volunteer Endeavors of Debra Kasirer
About Debra Kasirer
Debra Kasirer has served as a volunteer at a number of educational institutions such as the Sinai Akiba Academy, the Harvard-Westlake School, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has also sat on the board of directors for the Southern California Regional Advisory Board (SCRAB) of the University of Pennsylvania. Today, Debra Kasirer is proud to support the ongoing efforts of the Jacob Rose Family Foundation and the Sinai Temple of Los Angeles, California. She is also an active member of the board of trustees for the University of California, Los Angeles Hillel.
Jewish community and culture have always been a tremendously important part of Debra Kasirer’s life. As the daughter of survivors of Nazi Europe, she was proud to participate in the 2012 March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel. She has also chaired annual dinners and served multiple board member terms for Camp Ramah, a Jewish summer camp located in Ojai, California.
Debra Kasirer - The International March of the Living
A community leader based out of Los Angeles, California, Debra Kasirer supports numerous initiatives that honor Jewish tradition and culture. In 2012, Debra Kasirer brought her children on the International March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel.
For more than 25 years, the International March of the Living has provided participants with a personal and emotional experience connected to the Holocaust. Jewish adolescents, adults, and survivors come together for an annual trip to Poland and Israel that teaches about the past and provides hope for the future. More than 150,000 individuals have participated on the two-week International March of the Living and discovered a renewed interest in their faith and its history.
Every year, thousands of Jewish teenagers from around the world are chosen for International March of the Living’s High School Program. During Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), participants embark on a 3-kilometer march from the Auschwitz concentration camp to the Birkenau concentration camp. Thirty youths representing the different nations affected by the Holocaust walk together in silent tribute before the other participants join them on this journey. Additionally, they visit other locations in Poland such as Warsaw and Krakow before going to Israel and witnessing the modern experience of the Jewish people. Participants are carefully selected based on emotional maturity and community activities. To learn more, visit motl.org.
The March of the Living Honors Holocaust Victims
A philanthropist and community leader in Los Angeles, Debra Kasirer supports a number of charitable causes in the Jewish community. As the daughter of survivors of the Third Reich, Debra Kasirer commits to educating people about the history of the Holocaust; to that end, she participated in the 2012 March of the Living, an educational trip to Poland and Israel that honors the memory of Holocaust victims.
Each year, thousands of individuals join together for the March of the Living, traveling the same 3-kilometer path from Auschwitz from Birkenau that 750,000 prisoners walked during World War II. In addition to raising awareness and respect for the Holocaust, the event seeks to examine the causes of intolerance and prejudice and to strengthen the Jewish identity of participants. Holocaust survivors also join the marchers, offering their vital firsthand perspective to participants from around the world.
Since the first event in 1988, more than 200,000 youth, adults, and Holocaust survivors, as well as survivors from other genocides and those who have faced prejudice, have walked the trail leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Students Explore Israeli Culture and History through Ramah Seminar
A native of Beverly Hills, Debra Kasirer has spent her life giving back to the community through her involvement with various academic, civic, and Jewish organizations. Currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Hillel at UCLA, Debra Kasirer’s past activities include serving on the board of Camp Ramah in California, a Jewish youth camp that offers a range of programs focused on helping young people build leadership skills, develop Jewish consciousness, and form lasting friendships.
In addition to its on-site camp programs, Camp Ramah operates a six-week travel program called Ramah Seminar that takes 11th and 12th grade students on an educational trip to Israel. Divided into six-week-long educational units, Ramah Seminar gives participants the opportunity to explore the various elements that shaped Israel’s past, as well as those that are currently affecting its present and influencing its future.
Outside of the formal educational activities, Ramah Seminar includes a number of recreational components, such as a talent show and various outdoor excursions. Seminar participants are also provided with an ample amount of free time that they can use to explore Israeli culture individually or with their peers.