9 years ago, on my 50th birthday, I took on long distance cycling as a passion and the culmination was the 2010 Hazon New York ride when I rode 136 miles and helped raise over $2000 for Hazon programs!
In 2012 I took on a crazy goal - ride 1,200 miles over 3 weeks as part of the Hazon Cross-USA ride, from Helena Montana to Minneapolis Minnesota. I did it and raised over $3,000 for Hazon's programs!
In 2015, I rode close to 300 miles from Jerusalem to Eilat in five days as part of Hazon's Israel Ride.I just arrived in Israel on Saturday October 20th to do the Hazon Israel Ride again!
On Wednesday morning I’ll start my five days of riding from Jerusalem to Eilat, with a goal of raising $3,800 for the Arava Institute, the premier environmental organization in Israel!
I actually wasn’t sure I was going to be able to ride this year, which is why I’m late getting out my fundraising letter.
Over the past few years I developed a nerve condition called Morton’s Neuroma that would flare up whenever I pedaled long distances. And then I found a clinic with an excellent track record at treating the condition, got treated a few months ago and am thrilled to say that my nerve condition is now under control.
I feel so excited about embarking on this incredible cycling journey through Israel's Negev.
Here's how you can help. As a participant in the ride, I've committed to raise at least $3,800. I'm writing to ask for your support with a donation toward my ride. Any amount from $36 to $360 or even $500 would be wonderful to receive. I hope you will consider giving a gift of at least $100 (about 35 cents a mile) - if 30 people support my ride at $100, I’ll easily make my goal, and perhaps even surpass it.
Please click on the donation link in the upper right hand corner to contribute
Whenever I cycle for miles, I’m able to go deep inside myself, confront and go beyond my limits and fears and experience myself as a true athlete. My long distance cycling has truly been the most transformational experience of my life.
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, by creating a leadership cadre of environmentalists, through important research, and through public involvement. The Arava Institute draws students from across the Middle East, encouraging environmental cooperation between peoples, and working towards peace and sustainable development on a regional and global scale. I have very good friends who are part of the Arava Institute's leadership team and it's absolutely one of my all time favorite organizations in Israel.
To learn much more about the work of the Arava Institute, or about the environmental movement in Israel, check out http://www.arava.org
In the process of these life changing rides, I’ve also come to greatly respect the organization that sponsors them - Hazon (Hebrew for “vision”) is a New York based nonprofit that is doing some of the most cutting edge work in the Jewish community. Hazon uses outdoor and environmental programs to connect people across ages and denominations, reframing what it means to be Jewish in powerful ways.
Hazon's programs include the Jewish Environmental Bike Rides, Hazon’s CSA Community Supported Agriculture Program which enables the Jewish community to support local, sustainable agriculture, and an annual conference on Food and Contemporary Issues. All of Hazon's programs use the intersection of traditional Jewish learning and contemporary issues to bring people together, build community, and promote sustainability and vibrant Jewish life. You can check out Hazon at http://www.hazon.org
For those of you who donated on my behalf for past rides, please consider matching a previous year's donation or increasing your gift. For those of you donating for the first time, I hope you’ll consider a gift of double chai - $36 or quadruple chai - $72.
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