New York Ride & Retreat

Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT


Register for 2017!

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The New York Ride & Retreat is a fully-supported ride, fundraiser, and community experience for people of all cycling levels and ages. Spanning Labor Day Weekend and based at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, guests enjoy delicious, kosher, farm-to-table food, engaging educational workshops, fun outdoor activities, and two days of cycling around the beautiful Berkshires.



Searching for your next big challenge?ruth on a bike Want to ride for something bigger than yourself? Look no further, because this is the participation option for you! Whether you consider yourself an avid cyclist or a casual rider, joining us as a Rider will help you realize that you are capable of so much more than you think, and will leave you feeling proud (not to mention a little sore).

Enjoy anywhere between 75 and 160 miles of fully supported cycling over the course of two days. What do we mean when we say fully supported? Every route will have rest stops every 10 miles, lead riders, and a sweep vehicle. We will also a have a mechanic and medical support, if needed. Check out our Route Information page for an in depth look at all of our route options.

All riders have a minimum fundraising requirement that they MUST meet in order to ride. But don’t worry! We have put together a Fundraising Tools section to help you get started and are available at if you need any additional help.

Please note you must at least 12 year old to participate as a rider.


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Crew members are essential to the success of the New York Ride & Retreat.  They serve as the backbone of the event, bringing it to life and providing a support system for the riders in every sense.  Crew members join the Hazon community for the Shabbat retreat.

During the Ride, Crew members help in three ways: driving support vehicles, setting up/taking down rest stops along the route, and of course, cheering! Being on Crew involves important and hard work. Nonetheless, Crew members take great satisfaction knowing that through their efforts, they make the Ride possible and thus make a difference in furthering the Jewish environmental movement.

Click below to read more in depth descriptions of the different Crew Roles.

SAG/Sweep Crew

The SAG (Support and Gear) Crew is responsible for keeping track of the cyclists while they’re out on the course. This includes chasing down lost cyclists, helping with basic bicycle maintenance, giving out extra water and food, and providing transportation to injured or worn out cyclists and their bicycles. Each day, SAG Crew vehicles will be designated as the sweep crew for each route. This crew vehicle is responsible for keeping in visual contact with the last cyclist or group of cyclists on the course.

Each SAG/Sweep Crew consists of two people. Basic bike maintenance knowledge and equipment are also desired, but not required.  Finally, and maybe most importantly, the SAG Crews get to be out on the road with the cyclists, to cheer and motivate throughout the ride.

Rest Stop & Lunch Crew

We will be offering a rest stop or lunch stop every 10 to 15 miles. The Rest Stop Crew and Lunch Crew are responsible for setting up and taking down all of these stations and assisting the cyclists as they arrive.

These Crews also perform the vital service of helping cyclists keep track of time and making sure that all cyclists stay on schedule to complete each day’s riding before the course closes down in the late afternoon/early evening.

Each Rest Stop Crew or Lunch Crew consists of at least 3 people and will be assigned to set up, staff, and take down one site per day.

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Have a partner that plans on riding, but can’t dedicate your time to Crew because you have small children? You’re welcome to join us as Crew, but your only job will be to cheer on your spouse and all the fellow riders. Never underestimate the power of a strong cheer section!


Choose your participation type, then follow across for your housing options and fundraising commitment.


Registration + Housing Fees

Hover over housing types for details, or view more information


Standard Plus Standard Basic Own Tent/
Adult Rider #1 (31+)





Spouse/Domestic Partner #2 $1,000
Young Adult Rider (18-30) $800
Avodah (working) Crew None
Shabbat-Only Available August 2017 None
Youth Rider (12-17)


will be housed in the same room as parents

Youth Rider #2 $600
Non-Riding Child (5-17) None
Toddler (0-4) Free (but we ask that you register for our records) None
* For those participating in the 2017 Israel Ride, the fundraising minimum will be 20% lower.*
Take advantage of this great deal and check out the Israel Ride here!
Email for fundraising adjustments.

Weekend Retreat / Shabbaton

The New York Ride & Retreat Shabbat Retreat takes place at the beautiful Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. In this stunning setting, participants celebrate, eat, relax, and learn together in a welcoming, inclusive, and open Jewish community of all ages.

You should expect to end Shabbat feeling full; not only with delicious food prepared from the Adamah farm, but also feeling satisfied from the rich conversations, brilliant sessions, and incredible community. It’s an event you will not want to miss!

Download a schedule of last year’s Shabbat Retreat.

Highlights include:

  • Diverse Jewish community of all ages, backgrounds, Jewish observance, and practice.
  • Varied Shabbat service options including egalitarian, traditional, family-focused, and alternative.
  • Wellness sessions including yoga, hikes, meditation, and more!
  • Opportunities to learn about the relationship between Judaism and the environment.
  • Musical havdalah dance party- bring your instruments!
  • Organic, kosher and, consciously-prepared food.
  • Learning about the inspiring work of Hazon and its partners.

It is fantastic to spend shabbat with an inclusive community from all branches of Judaism and all walks of life, where everyone can bond in a quiet setting away from modern distractions.
—Susan, 60s



Over Shabbat at Isabella Freedman:

We are delighted to be working with the Adamah Foods Dining Hall staff, who will help us create a menu that is well balanced and plentiful. We try to source produce from local farms, and use organic ingredients when possible. Meals are mostly vegetarian, although at times we will serve ethically sourced chicken or meat in addition to a vegetarian option. Isabella Freedman is a Glatt Kosher facility, under the supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission.

We eat all meals at Isabella Freedman except Sunday and Monday lunch, which are served at rest stops on the route. If you have any allergies or food concerns, please alert us to your sensitivities when you register.

On the Route:

We plan rest stops every 10-15 miles along all routes. Each rest stop has a variety of snacks, typically including energy bars, granola, potato chips, and fruit, as well as water and energy drinks. We strive to provide organic and healthy snacks while recognizing the need for high-energy food for cycling. Each rest stop has shade and rest rooms.

One or two rest stops serve as a lunch stop, which also include sandwiches and other food.

All food and snacks served on the Ride are kosher.


Climate change, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s finite natural resources are doing real damage to the planet & to our future. The Hazon Ride:

  • Has raised money for projects that are furthering Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education (JOFEE) – including Teva & Adamah
  • Allows us to give away more than $50,000 in annual scholarships for immersive retreats at Isabella Freedman
  • Provides vital support and seed money for new initiatives like the Hazon Seal of Sustainability
  • Has significantly increased the number of Jewish people who are environmentally aware and active
  • Has been a positive model for building inclusive, cross-denominational Jewish communities
  • Continues to serve as an entry point to organized Jewish life for those who are excited about biking, sustainability, the environment, and/or the outdoors

A portion of funds raised also supports partner institutions, who are raising money to support their own projects in line with Hazon’s mission.

Donors can support a specific rider by clicking on his or her name from the participant list.

Riders can review our online fundraising tools for help in raising funds.



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Get in shape. Get outside. Get connected.

Whether you’re training for the Ride or just looking for an incredible community of cyclists, join us at any of the following events.

New York Ride Info Session: Short Hills, NJ
Jun 28, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hear from New York Ride & Retreat staff and local alumni about Hazon and how the New York Ride is much more than just a riding your biking in the Berkshires! This is an opportunity to join together with riders past, present, and future, including anyone interested in riding for a more sustainable Jewish community and a more sustainable world for all.

Tribe Ride: Bike to the Beach
Jul 9, 2017 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

Join the People of the Bike as we start from the UWS or Prospect Park and make our way to the Coney Island Beach!

Tribe Ride: West Hartford
Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford, West Hartford, CT

Tribe Rides are headed to West Hartford! Beginning at the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford and making its way to Granby, this ride offers two out-and-back route options to accommodate riders of all levels.

Tribe Ride: Orange County
Jul 23, 2017 - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Big V Town Center, Florida, NY

Enjoy field, pasture, wood, and farm landscapes on this Orange County NY Tribe Ride!

Tribe Ride: Boston
Jul 30, 2017 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA

Tribe Rides are back in Boston! Beginning and ending at Temple Aliyah, this ride includes three route options and a post-ride BBQ.

Tribe Ride: Piermont
Jul 30, 2017 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
JCC Manhattan, 76th and Amsterdam, New York, NY

Join us on this classic, moderately challenging, ride across the GW Bridge to the quaint town of Piermont, NY, where we will stop for a quick bite to eat before heading back via suburbs.

New York Ride & Retreat
Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Join the People of the Bike for our annual fully-supported ride and retreat. This exciting, diverse community Shabbat and cycling experience is open for people of all cycling levels and ages. Includes Camp Teva for kids!