Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Registration is now open for Labor Day Weekend 2018!
Register by December 31 to be entered into a drawing to win a Specialized hybrid bike!
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 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.
Climate change, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s finite natural resources are doing real damage to the planet and to our future. Hazon prepares the Jewish community to respond to today’s most pressing environmental challenges. By riding with Hazon, you will raise money for:
- The Hazon Seal of Sustainability, to reduce the Jewish community’s carbon footprint and engage the next generation of environmental leaders
- Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education (JOFEE), such as:
- Teva, a multi-day nature and Jewish learning program for middle schoolers
- Adamah, a residential farm program for young Jewish adults
- The Tamar Fund, providing access to everyone for retreats at Isabella Freedman
When YOU ride, you make a difference. For yourself, and for all of us committed to healthy, more sustainable living – in the Jewish world and beyond. Thank you for riding with Hazon!
Weekend Retreat / Shabbaton
The New York Ride & Retreat Shabbat Retreat takes place at the beautiful Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Berkshires. 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!
- 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.
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.
If you have any allergies or food concerns, please alert us to your sensitivities when you fill out your logistics form.
On the Route:
We plan rest stops every 15-20 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 restrooms.
One or two rest stops serve as a lunch stop, which also includes sandwiches and other food.
All food and snacks served on the Ride are kosher.
Choose your participation type, then follow across for your housing options and fundraising commitment.
Registration + Housing Fees
Hover over housing types for details.
|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 2018||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 2018 Israel Ride, the fundraising minimum will be 20% lower.*
Take advantage of this great deal and check out the Israel Ride here!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for fundraising adjustments.
Costs & Benefits:
The New York Ride & Retreat weekend costs Hazon about $400 per rider. This includes meals, lodging, transportation, snacks, bike and medical support and a weekend filled with programming. The rider participant registration fee does not cover that full cost, with the balance being covered by 20% of rider fundraising.
Like you, we want as much money as possible to go to the cause. You could just write a check to support Hazon and our partners, but the bike ride has many advantages that cannot be calculated financially. Through the Ride you are raising awareness, cultivating future riders and helping to build the Hazon community.
If you would like more of your fundraising to go towards the cause, we encourage you to sponsor yourself right on the registration form to help cover these costs. If you choose to do that, we encourage you to tell your donors that you covered your own participation with a personal donation. This act shows that you are serious about supporting your ride financially as well as physically. The registration fee is non-refundable and not tax-deductible, but any donations above the registration fee are acknowledged as contributions.
Registration fee includes:
- All meals and snacks during the Shabbat retreat and Ride
- Sleeping arrangements
- SAG (support and gear) vehicles
- Rest stops every 15-20 miles
- Mechanical support
Additional Costs and Fees:
We organize bus and bike transportation to the retreat location for a small additional fee. We also may have bike rentals available. You have the opportunity to pay the additional fees on a logistics form which is emailed out before the ride. We also hope to have Hazon apparel and other merchandise for sale at the ride.
Hazon Rides are one of the largest sources of support for the Jewish Environmental Movement.
You must reach your minimum fundraising requirement by October 31, 2018. If you have not reached your fundraising minimum by the ride, we will collect your credit card information as a guarantee, but we will not charge the balance until October 31st.
To help you reach your fundraising goal, we strongly encourage you to set the goal on your personal web page above your required minimum (the goal you list has no bearing on your fundraising obligation; you are only responsible for the minimums listed above).
Fundraising can seem like a challenge if you have never done it before. We believe you can achieve your fundraising goals just like you can achieve the mileage goal. Many riders from previous rides have told us over and over again, “It was easy.” “Fundraising can be fun.” “I reached, and even exceeded my goal.” “People were happy to contribute!” Our co-chairs and Hazon staff are committed to helping you achieve your fundraising goals.
You will receive a Ride Guide after you register that includes tips on how to get started, whom to ask, information about where the money goes that you can share with your donors, and sample fundraising letters. We are happy to answer questions, coach you through personal solicitations and even read your fundraising letters before you send them out.
|Through Feb||Refundable less $75||Not responsible for meeting requirement|
|Feb – July 15||Non-refundable||Not responsible for meeting requirement|
|July 15 – Aug 18||Non-refundable||Responsible for 50% of required minimum|
|Aug 18 – Sep 1||Non-refundable||Responsible for 100% of required minimum|
There are no refunds or discounts given for arriving late or leaving early. Changing participation type may incur additional fees. Please note that donations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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.
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. Register before December 31st for early bird rates and a chance to win a Specialized hybrid bike!