2001 New York Ride Grantees

The 2001 Ride raised a total of $30,611.

Jewish Organizations

American Jewish World Service $360
AJWS was founded in 1985 to help alleviate poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the world regardless of race, religion or nationality. It breathes life into Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice and helps American Jews act upon a deeply felt obligation to improve the chances for survival, economic independence and human dignity for all people. Green Pot monies went to support their environmental work around the world.

Coalition on the Environment & Jewish Life $3,600, plus a further $3,000 towards subsidizing a NY Jewish delegation to attend the biennial COEJL Learning Institute
The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) engages Jewish institutions and individuals in bringing the moral passion of Jewish tradition and social action to environmental stewardship in order to preserve the integrity of creation, advance social justice, protect future generations, and strengthen the Jewish community. COEJL is the umbrella for Jewish environmental advocacy in the USA; part of Hazon’s ongoing work is to lay the groundwork for establishing a COEJL regional affiliate in New York. (The $3,600 grant qualified for a matching gift program at COEJL and was therefore worth $7,200 to the organization.)

Green Zionist Alliance $500
The Green Zionist Alliance is a group of Jewish environmentalists who are committed to Israel’s ecological future and who are looking to work through the World Zionist Congress to protect Israel’s environment.

Hazon $5,000
This money will support outreach and education related to the Rides. In the coming year we’re aiming to deepen our partnerships with synagogues and schools and to reach and involve many more people in the Rides. In the fall of 2002 we’re planning to launch a 20 week learning community / beit midrash, focusing on Judaism & the Environment.

Hazon Jewish Environmental Fellow $3,600
This money will fund a graduate student to do an intensive summer internship to extend Hazon’s Jewish Environmental programming, to liaise with Hillels and other Jewish organizations in preparing a second Cross-USA Jewish Environmental Bike Ride, and to further the Fellow’s Jewish environmental education.

Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership $1,000
Based in Israel, the mission of the Heschel Center is to put forth a holistic vision of sustainability for Israel in a global context; and to seek to catalyze initiatives within Israeli society to take the next steps toward achieving that goal. The Heschel Center has been one of the key institutions in developing awareness of the need for serious environmental protection in Israel

Judaism & The Environment 101 $1800
This project is intended to create an intro guide to Judaism & the Environment which can be used by synagogues and schools across the country.

Kibbutz Lotan $1,000
Kibbutz Lotan, in the Arava desert in Israel, is one of the first kibbutzim explicitly to define itself in ecological terms, and to commit itself as a community to living in ways rooted in Jewish tradition and consistent with environmental best practice. The grant went towards the development of a Recycling Art and Education project within Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology, aimed at introducing students and teachers to new ways of thinking about the use and reuse of materials.

Outreach to the unaffiliated and intermarried $1,000
This money will support Hazon’s outreach to the unaffiliated and the intermarried, to use future Rides as a platform to involve unaffiliated and intermarried Jews in Jewish environmentalism and in the wider Jewish community.

Noah Project $1,000
The Noah Project is the umbrella organization for Jewish environmental teaching and programming in the United Kingdom. Their work has led to the establishment of an Environmental Task Force by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a key step in rallying the British Jewish community toward greater environmental awareness.

Shalom Center $1,800
The Shalom Center, based in Philadelphia, has been at the forefront of the integration of Jewish and ecological awareness since the mid-1980s. The Shalom Center coordinated research for the recently published Trees, Earth, & Torah: A Tu B’Shvat Anthology. This grant is to support the Shalom Center’s work on Judaism and the environment.

Sustainable Jerusalem Assembly (a project of the Society for the Preservation of Nature in Israel) $1,000
The Sustainable Jerusalem Assembly is a grass-roots project established in 1998 to improve the quality of life and the environment of Jerusalem. The project is working on grass-roots initiatives around the city aimed ultimately towards developing a long-term model of sustainable development for the city.

Tel Aviv Bishvil Ofanayim $500
“Bishvil ofanayim” is a play on words, and means both “Tel Aviv/Jerusalem Bike Path” and “Tel Aviv/Jerusalem in favor of bikes.” The organizations sponsor and encourage bike use in Israel.

Teva Learning Center $4,200
Teva, based at Surprise Lake Camp in New York, is the nation’s premier Jewish environmental education program, teaching about Judaism and the environment to day school students throughout the Northeast in a unique residential environment and through a series of wilderness trips. Teva staff led the Ride’s Sunday night event and organized the educational displays at the Ride’s conclusion.

Tu B’Shvat programming $1,950
These monies went towards the development of programming materials for the first Hazon/Hadar Tu B’Shvat seder (which attracted exactly 100 participants), and to the distribution of books about Tu B’Shvat. In the cominig year we intend to use Green Pot monies to support Tu B’Shvat seders at all Synagogue Partners of the Ride.

Non-Jewish Cycling and Environmental Organizations

Adventure Cycling $100
Adventure Cycling is a member-supported, not-for-profit organization dedicated to bicycle travel. Resources include a national network of bicycle touring routes and other resources for cyclists.

Transportation Alternatives $100
Transportation Alternatives is a NYC-area non-profit citizens group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars. TA works for safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks.

Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network $180
HVSCN is a network of individuals and organizations, from the New York City border to the headwaters of the Hudson, working creatively to build more sustainable cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural communities.

Sierra Club NYC Group $180
The Sierra Club is a non-profit, member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions – legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.