Hi, welcome to my page! My name is Aviel Pearlman, I am 14 years old and I live in Jerusalem.
I am excited to share with you all an update on my Bar Mitzvah project of biking in the Israel Ride this coming November. I am very proud that I have already raised 58% of my fundraising goal. That means I only have 42% to go! I have recently received an extremely generous offer from a friend of our family to match the amount of any future contribution to my fundraising efforts. That means that every dollar/pound/shekel you donate will actually be worth twice as much, and will increase the wonderful support the Israel Ride provides to its beneficiaries.
On Shabbat, February 5, I read the entire Torah portion of Truma, as well as the haftara, for my community, in honor of the one-year anniversary of my bar mitzvah. As a part of my celebration last year, and as my own personal truma (contribution) to my community, I decided to participate in the Israel Bike Ride, which raises critical funds for environmental education in the Middle East. A few months later, I was selected to join the Israeli National Science Team, which unfortunately conflicted with the ride. And so, in November 2019, I will join my father for this year’s week-long ride, covering around 150 km from Jerusalem to Eilat. On our way, we will be joined by nearly 200 riders from around the world as we learn about Israel’s environmental challenges, as well as visit nature reserves, historical sites, local communities and more.
As many of you know, in addition to being in a hiking club and studying piano at the Jerusalem Conservatory, one of my favorite hobbies is biking with friends and family. Last year, my father and I rode in the annual Tel Aviv bike marathon, and later on, we did an adventurous mountain bike trail - that was awesome! My love for exploring the different regions of Israel, combined with my passion for biking and my concern for the environment, is what makes this the perfect cause for me to support. In order to participate, I am raising money for Hazon and The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, the organizers and beneficiaries of this ride.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is one of the leading environmental academic and research institutions in the Middle East, which works to train the next generation of environmental leaders - Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and many other students from around the world. This institute provides students with an opportunity to live together while studying subjects such as cutting-edge approaches to water resource management, ecology, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy.
Hazon is the largest environmental organization in the American Jewish community, working to create a healthier and more sustainable society based on shared Jewish values. They are leading the way in actively addressing critical issues like climate change, world hunger, and cultural poverty, all the while learning about local traditions and each community’s unique response to the challenges we face.
As I continue to prepare for my bar mitzvah project, I ask you to join me in supporting these inspiring organizations by sponsoring my participation in the Israel Ride. My goal is to raise $3000, but I only need around $1200 more, and your donations - big or small - will help me reach the finish line! Remember, anything you donate will have double the effect, both for my participation in the ride, as well as for Hazon and the Arava Institute.
Thank you very much
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