We are pleased to announce that we are riding in the 2018 Israel Ride, for our 6th and 7th times.
More than 200 cyclists will be riding from Jerusalem to Eilat, between 150 and 350 miles, exploring Israel and learning about the work of two great organizations, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon.
We have been asked: "Why do you keep doing the same bike ride year after year? Doesn't it get boring?" First, there is nothing boring about feeling a country with every muscle in your body, taking in its sights, sounds, and smells as one can only do from the seat of a bike. Secondly, I am eager to both renew friendships from previous rides and make new friends who are committed to Israel, the environment, and a Mid-East that is built on trust and peaceful partnership. Most importantly, I am riding to raise money for two important organizations, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon, promoting environmental protection and sustainability for Israel and its neighbors and also in the US.
The primary beneficiary of the Israel Ride is the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. The Institute is working to confront the serious environmental challenges in Israel, amidst a climate of political conflict, by creating a leadership cadre of environmentalists, through important research, and through public involvement. The Arava Institute draws students from across the Middle East and the world, Jews, Muslims and Christians, encouraging environmental cooperation between peoples, and working towards peace and sustainable development on a regional and global scale. In a world where political rhetoric is increasingly divisive, the Arava Institute refuses to accept enmity and environmental degradation as inevitable. Only through partnership can we build a world where cooperation and conciliation are possible. Each year I say that the need for supporting the work of the Arava Institute has never been greater and each year that need has seemed to increase. I serve on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Arava Institute. I feel privileged to have gotten to know many of the Institute's alumni and am continually awed by their accomplishments. To learn much more about the work of the Arava Institute, or about the environmental movement in Israel, check out http://www.arava.org.
The second beneficiary of the Israel Ride is Hazon, one of most innovative organizations in the American Jewish community and now the largest Jewish environmental organization in the United States. The word “Hazon” means vision. They create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Through the Bike Rides, the Community-Supported Agriculture programs, the Food Conference on Jews, Food & Contemporary Life, and other cutting edge programs, Hazon brings people together, builds community, and promotes sustainability and vibrant Jewish life. You can learn more at www.hazon.org.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 towards this cause. We have already contributed to cover all costs associated with the Israel Ride so that 100% of the funds contributed by our donors will go directly to the beneficiaries. We hope that you will you consider making a donation at whatever level you are able. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
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