Contact Us

I have questions about the Ride

Jessie Karsif, Development Officer, Hazon –
212-644-2332 x324

For thoughts/questions/feedback:
Howie Rodenstein, Ride Chair –

I have questions about the Arava Institute

Branwen Cale, Managing Director –
Friends of the Arava Institute
896 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 266 7100

I have questions about Hazon

David Rendsburg, Associate Director of Programs, Hazon –
125 Maiden Lane, Suite 8B
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212)-644-2332,

Meet the Founders of the Israel Ride

Howie Rodenstein is an avid Zionist and cyclist. Howie founded the Ride in 2002, to show solidarity with Israel at a very difficult time and to raise money for two very special organizations that make a real difference in the world. The first Ride in May 2003 attracted 34 Riders and collected over $50,000. He has chaired and participated in the Ride every year – and considers himself lucky to have met so many incredible people along the way. Howie is also a board member of Hazon, The Friends of the Arava Institute and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. A businessman from Needham, MA in his spare time, Howie grew up in Young Judaea, earned his MBA from Harvard Business school and has lived in Israel for over seven years at various times from ages 18 – 42. He has also been active in his local Jewish community. He is married with 2 children, of whom he is exceedingly proud.

David Lehrer was born in North Carolina and made aliyah with a group from Young Judea in 1978 to Kibbutz Ketura. He served in Nahal, IDF and studied at the Ruppin Institute, Ben Gurion University, and Boston University. He was twice on sabbatical in the United States for Young Judea and Habonim Dror. David is presently the Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. He is married and has three daughters.

Nigel Savageis originally from Manchester, England, and before founding Hazon Nigel was a professional fund manager in the English equivalent of Wall Street. He has an MA in American Jewish History from Georgetown, and learned at Pardes, Yakar, Hebrew University and Jerusalem Fellows. He founded Hazon in 2000, and now serves as its President following its merger with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Nigel is infamous in the UK for his cameo appearance in the cult Anglo-Jewish comic movie, Leon The Pig Farmer, and was Executive Producer of the British independent movies Solitaire For 2 and Stiff Upper Lips. He is also believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.

Israel Ride Staff

First Name Last Name
Tali Adini Israel Ride Director
Branwen Cale Friends of the Arava Institute
Jessie Karsif Hazon Development Officer
David Lehrer Arava Institute Executive Director
David Rendsburg Hazon Director of Bike Rides
Nigel Savage Hazon Director