2017 Israel Ride

Team Summers

Dear Friends and Family,

We are writing to share some exciting news and ask for your help.

In November the Summers family is participating in the Israel Ride, a 150 mile bike ride from Jerusalem to Eilat to raise money for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

40 years ago, Judy picked tomatoes at Kibbutz Ketura for a month, now it is the headquarters of the Arava Institute.

In the 70's, the kibbutz was only a few years old, founded by a small group of American Young Judeans, it consisted of a few cement dorms (that felt like and probably were decommissioned army barracks), a dining hall, desolate fields and a few tractors in the dessert. Today it looks like a different planet; take a look: https://tinyurl.com/KibbutzKetura.

The Institute (http://arava.org/) is the only academic and research institute that brings together Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and students from around the world to study and work together to solve the region’s critical environmental challenges. Today over 800 alumni are part of a growing international network that challenges stereotyping and offers a new paradigm for trust and cooperation that will build a more sustainable and peaceful Middle East.

People from multiple communities working together for the common good, the world needs more of that these days!

We have committed to raise $15,000 for this important cause. Don’t panic! I tell myself, 150 miles, that is $100 a mile. Then divide it by four and you get $25 per mile for each of us…doesn’t sound so daunting that way. Please sponsor us at any level; we will appreciate it and you will be contributing to a great cause.

A small group of determined individuals can make a difference. There are only four of us, but we are determined…please help!

Judy, Ed, Eric and Matt

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