It's really happening!
As soon as I heard about the Israel Ride, I knew this was the way I wanted to experience my first visit. Finally my dream is within reach!
On October 24, 2018, I will join hundreds of others on a bike trek from Jerusalem to the Red Sea. Participants choose from three rider groups based on experience and ride difficulty while sharing a unified community experience. I will be riding with the "easiest" group, the "shomrim" (Hebrew for "guards"). Our group cycles in the morning, averaging 30 miles a day, with time for touring and traveling by bus in the afternoon.
"Ride as One"
The Israel Ride supports two exciting non-profit organizations:
1. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a unique research and educational facility in the Negev Desert. Arava trains university students from Israel, Palestine, and the surrounding region in environmental science and Middle East peace-building.
2. Hazon is recognized for its exciting food sustainabilty initiatives that have energized and enhanced Jewish life throughout North America. Hazon-sponsored organic agriculture, retreats, bicycle rides, and environmental education programs have benefited families and individuals in diverse Jewish communities and beyond.
70 percent of funds raised through the Israel Ride will go to the Arava Institute, and the remainder supports Hazon.
Additionally, Arava has new educational initiatives in North America!
I have committed to raising at least $3,800 towards these worthwhile organizations. About half of this amount covers lodging, food, and ride support in Israel. Thank you to the generous folks who have donated! You can find your names scrolling on this website.
Help me meet my fundraising goal! I consider you partners on my journey!
Would you consider making a donation? Any amount is appreciated--$5, $10, or whatever you can give. Donations of $18 or multiples thereof ($36, $54, $72, etc.) are especially meaningful as the number 18 represents "chai" or life in Hebrew.
All donations flow through the Friends of the Arava Institute, a US registered charity. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. You will receive an email to serve as a receipt, although you can also use a canceled check or credit card transaction confirmation. Donors giving $250 or more will also receive an acknowledgment from the Friends of the Arava InstituteContribute online or ask about sending a check payable to "Friends of the Arava Institute."
Thank you for your support!
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