I am pleased to announce that I am riding in the 2017 Israel Ride.
My name is Levi Schirch Goldberg, and in the fall of 2017, I will be going on a three-month trip to the middle east. While on this trip I will be going on a 200 mile bike ride, called The Israel Ride.
I live in a multi-faith family - my mom is a Christian and my dad is Jewish. If you want to know more about life in a multi-faith family, then you can check out this link http://wmra.org/post/life-multi-faith-family#stream/0.
I’m 12, and I will turn 13 shortly before we go on the Israel Ride.
Instead of having a traditional bar mitzvah, I will be going on a 7 day bike ride with a Rabbi and Jewish guides. My sister became a bat mitzvah in a ceremony where she stood up and talked about her faith. I don’t like talking on a stage. But I will write a daily blog about this great physical and spiritual journey. I believe that I will learn just as much on the bike ride, because we will be riding with many other Jewish people, including a Rabbi, and stopping at many historical sites. I will be able to recite Jewish prayers at these ancient sites and in the morning and evening services and a special Shabbat on the trip.
In becoming a bar mitzvah, I am commiting myself to do good deeds in the world. To be part of this ride, our family needs to raise $11,500 in donations to give to two charity organizations, one is the Arava Institute, which is preparing future leaders to work cooperatively to solve the environmental challenges, the other one working to create healthier, and more sustainable communities. We are hoping you can help and make a donation. 100% of your donation is tax deductible as they are run through a US 501c3.
Before I go on the ride, I will be learning several prayers and scriptures in Hebrew while living in Kibbutz Ketura. As a bonus for helping us and donating, here is what I will give back:
So come on, donate! If you are planning on donating to a charity this year, why not help us out by donating to this charity. It will be good exercise for us, both physically, mentally, and spiritually. And you can follow our progress through facebook and other ways.
I know with your help, I will be able to have a tiring, but happy b’nei mitzvah experience.
Thanks for your support!
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