Ride History

Hazon Ride & Retreat (current)

The Hazon Ride was founded in 2001, and takes place each year over Labor Day Weekend. This is more than a bike ride, it is a four-day event that includes a Shabbat retreat, a 2-day Ride and so much more. Additionally, it raises money for cutting-edge Jewish environmental projects in the United States and Israel.

Learn more and register

2015

  • Isabella Freedman to JTS
  • 120 riders raise $120,000
  • Ride Chairs: Tami Reiss and Paul Schulman
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2014

  • Isabella Freedman to JTS
  • 85 riders raise $104,000
  • Ride Chairs: Nadine Kochavi and Ben Snodgrass
  • One of the rainiest rides in years, with downpours on both riding days
  • PhotosParticipant List, Grant Recipients

2013

  • Isabella Freedman to the JCC
  • 95 riders raised $136,000
  • Ride Chairs: Naomi Adland and Jordan Hersh
  • The merger between Isabella Freedman and Hazon is announced
  • PhotosParticipant List, Grant Recipients

2012

  • Isabella Freedman to JTS
  • 116 riders raised $183,000
  • Ride Chairs: Jeremy Lowenstein and Val Lieber
  • We returned to Isabella Freedman for the first time since 2007
  • PhotosParticipant ListGrant Recipients

2011

  • Camp Kinder Ring to Eden Village Camp to JTS
  • 132 riders raised $244,000
  • Ride Chairs: Jessica Saragovi and Ezra Weinberg
  • Our route passes through farms devastated a week earlier by Tropical Storm Irene.
  • Highlights included cross the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Croton Dam.
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2010

2009

  • Kinder Ring back to Kinder Ring to JTS
  • 152 riders raised $280,000
  • Ride Chairs: Jenny Eisenburg and Michael Hopkins
  • We offered a 30-mile route for the first time. Over Shabbat we celebrated a sheva brachot of two riders who got married the weekend before, and celebrated an engagement at the final rest stop.
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2008

  • Kinder Ring back to Kinder Ring to JTS
  • 171 riders raised $297,000
  • Ride Chairs: Elissa Meth and Andy Blau
  • The Day 1 route was a loop back to camp, but century riders were detoured for miles when a house blew up on the route. For the first time since 2001, we ended at JTS.
  • Photos, Participant List, VideoGrant Recipients

2007

  • Isabella Freedman to Camp Surprise Lake to the JCC
  • 191 riders raised $350,000
  • Ride Chairs: Noa Heyman and Jon Drill
  • Our largest ride ever, with a tent-city for 80 people (with portable showers). Our last year before outgrowing Isabella Freedman and our first overnight at Kinder Ring.
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2006

  • Isabella Freedman to Camp Surprise Lake to the JCC
  • 145 riders raised $230,000
  • Ride Chairs: Alan Ganapol and Noa Heyman
  • After rain all weekend, the sun came out just before we started riding. But, a downed tree on the route forced us to detour everyone.
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2005

  • Isabella Freedman to Camp Surprise Lake to the JCC
  • 149 riders raised $200,000
  • Ride Chair: Cheryl Cook
  • A rider celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at the ride, and we said Hallel in honor of Rosh Chodesh Elul at the first stop on Monday morning.
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2004

  • Isabella Freedman to White Plains to the JCC
  • 145 riders raised $150,000
  • Ride Chair: Heidi Sadowsky
  • The ride moved to Isabella Freedman, home of the new Adamah program, for our first large Shabbat retreat. We offered a century route for the first time.
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2003

  • Hampton Jewish Center to the Huntington Jewish Center to the JCC
  • 97 riders raised $113,000
  • The weekend of the largest northeast blackout; on the first day of the ride it poured for four hours straight!
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2002

  • Sprout Lake Camp to White Plains to the JCC
  • 126 riders raised $120,000
  • The day before the ride, NY experienced the heaviest single-day rainfall in history. Clear skies for the ride though!
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

2001

  • Kingston to the Rockland Jewish Center to JTS
  • 40 riders raised $32,000
  • One month after 9/11, our planned route through West Point Academy was changed due to security concerns.
  • Photos, Participant List, Grant Recipients

The Israel Ride (current)

The Israel Ride was founded in 2003, and takes place each year in November. The Ride brings people to Israel who’ve never visited before, and gives people who’ve been to Israel many times the chance to see the country from a unique vantage point – the seat of a bicycle! The experience builds relationships among American Jews, and between Israelis and Americans, and raises significant funds to support the work of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and for Hazon.

Learn more and register

2015

  • Rain disrupted the first two riding days, but everyone stayed dry after some schedule changes.
  • 161 riders raised $709,000.
  • Photos, Participant List
  • Blog

2014

  • The first few days of riding are adjusted due to summer violence around Gaza. Riders enjoy an overnight in Beer Sheva, riding through the Yatir Forest, and a rest stop in a Bedouin town.
  • 161 riders raised $727,000.
  • PhotosParticipant List

2013

  • Our strongest riders cycle on a closed army road along the Egyptian border – the last group to get permission to do so.
  • 130 riders raised $551,000.
  • PhotosParticipant List

2012

  • We explored both the North and South of Israel, including the Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary and the Kinneret.
  • 60 riders raised $270,000.
  • PhotosParticipant List

2011

  • We adjusted our classic route to include a new start from the Neve Shalom bi-cultural village. Other changes took riders through Makhtesh Gadol and to Timna.
  • 81 riders raised $360,000.
  • Photos, Participant List
  • Blogs: Israel Ride Blogs

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

  • 105 riders raised $408,000
  • Our classic route of Jerusalem to Eilat was established, with a stop in Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast and Shabbat in Mitzpe Ramon.

2004

2003

Golden Gate Ride (2010-2015)

The Golden Gate Ride (formerly the California Ride) was held from 2010-2015 in the spring, and featured a Shabbat retreat and a 2-day ride. Funds raised support Hazon’s work in the Bay Area and other local organizations.

2015

  • Walker Creek Ranch to JCHS
  • 42 riders raised $43,000
  • Ride Chairs: Daniella Hirschfeld and Will Weddig
  • Photos, Participant List, Video, Grant Recipients

2014

  • Walker Creek Ranch to JCHS
  • 69 riders raised $88,000
  • Ride Chairs: Morgan Blum, Miriam Feiner, Whitney Pollack
  • Photos, Participant List, Video, Grant Recipients

2013

  • Walker Creek Ranch to JCHS
  • The Ride is held over Memorial Day weekend, entirely based at Walker Creek Ranch
  • 85 riders raised $115,000
  • Ride Chairs: Adam Arenstein and Erica Hymen
  • Photos, Participant List, Video, Grant Recipients

2012

  • Camp Newman to Walker Creek Ranch to JCHS
  • 86 riders raised $100,000
  • Ride Chairs: Ilana Horwitz and Suzie Rose
  • Photos, Participant List, VideoGrant Recipients

2011

  • Westminster Woods to Walker Creek Ranch to JCHS
  • 82 riders raised $113,000
  • Ride Chairs: Ilana Horwitz and Suzie Rose
  • Photos, Participant List, VideoGrant Recipients

2010

  • Westminster Woods to Walker Creek Ranch to the Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • 73 riders raised $93,000
  • Photos, Participant List, VideoGrant Recipients

Cross-USA Ride (2000, 2012-2013)

Hazon’s first event was a 10-week Cross-USA Ride, held in the summer of 2000.  11 intrepid cyclists rode from Seattle to Washington DC.

In 2012 and 2013, Hazon, now a national organization, relaunched this Ride. Through both summers, 17 riders crossed the whole country and 50 others joined for at least a week.

Along the way, the Ride was hosted by over two dozen Jewish communities. Our riders learned about local Jewish communities, regional environmental issues, and of course saw parts of the country from a new perspective. We wish to thank the following Jewish communities that opened their doors to our riders in 2012 and 2013:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Missoula, MT
  • Helena, MT
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Billings, MT
  • Bowman, ND
  • Aberdeen, SD
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • St Paul, MN
  • Rochester, MN
  • La Crosse, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • Camp OSRUI, WI
  • Camp Beber, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Kenosha, WI
  • Chicago, IL
  • Geneva, IL
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Dayton, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Steubenville, OH
  • Wheeling, WV
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cumberland, MD
  • Am Kolel, MD
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Washington, DC

2013

  • 9  riders crossed the entire country, with another 30 joining for various months, weeks, and days.
  • The Ride culminated with a finale in front of the White House and a celebratory BBQ provided by Grow and Behold.
  • ParticipantsTumblr (photo-blog)

2012

  • Hazon’s first Cross-USA Ride in over a decade, with a theme of “Sustainable Food Systems”
  • 10  riders crossed the entire country, with another 40 joining for various months, weeks, and days.
  • Participants, Press, Tumblr (photo-blog)

2000

  • Hazon’s inaugural event was an 11-week Ride from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC.
  • 11 riders stopped at Jewish communities along the way to raise awareness about cycling and the environment.
  • The Ride ended at the White House, and riders received the annual EnergyStar Congregation Award from the EPA.

Other Rides

Bike to the Beach – New York
Since 2005, Bike to the Beach has been a highlight of Hazon’s summer training rides in the New York Area. Multiple routes leaves from 5 locations across New York City, all converging on Coney Island for lunch and some fun at the beach.

DC Ride
This one-day ride saw 70 participants ride through charming country roads of western Montgomery County, Maryland, along the Capital Crescent Bike Trail in Virginia, and urban bike lanes of Washington.

2007