New York Ride & Retreat

Aug 31, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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Ride for a great cause! Join us for a fully-supported ride and community experience over Labor Day Weekend. People of all cycling levels and ages are welcome. Enjoy delicious, kosher, farm-to-table food, an inspiring Shabbat, engaging educational workshops, fun outdoor activities, and two days of cycling around the beautiful Berkshires.

Over the past 18 years, Hazon has helped reshape what it means to be both Jewish and concerned with the health of our communities and our planet. Join us at the 2018 New York Ride & Retreat, where we’ll celebrate how far we’ve come and raise vital funds for the work that still needs to be done.

When you join the New York Ride & Retreat you support Hazon’s efforts to:

  • Significantly reduce the collective carbon footprint of the Jewish community. Through the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, which is directly supported with funds raised on the ride, institutions across the country are changing to more sustainable practices. Over the next five years, we will grow our influence from dozens to hundreds of institutions around the country, vastly increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, reducing waste, and most importantly engaging surrounding communities to become more resilient.
  • Create a cadre of environmental leaders who are informed, committed, and compassionate. Those who ride with Hazon also support our important Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education programs. Adamah, Teva, and JOFEE fellowships in specific are all creating a new generation of future educators, rabbis, and organizational leaders who bring an environmental ethos to their work.

Whether you cycle, crew, or donate to the New York Ride & Retreat, your participation makes a difference. Join us!

Hazon is making changes from the bottom up, with a hands-on approach to helping the earth.

I enjoyed being with like-minded, conscientious professionals of all ages that came with a vision larger than themselves of exploring new ways to heal the world. Isabella Freedman feels like a camp for adults – there were many activities to take part in, the chance to enjoy delicious wholesome food, form community and new friendships, and to worship and connect directly with nature. One feels a renewal of spirit after spending a few days in such beauty and with such visionaries.

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!

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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.

Grab onto the last days of summer in a friendly environmentally-conscious Jewish environment and begin to contemplate changes in lifestyle for the coming year.

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.



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 30 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 15-20 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 ride@hazon.org if you need any additional help.

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

The Ride is good for the world and good for you.


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.

I loved helping others stay encouraged to ride the full length of the ride!

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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Want to enjoy Shabbat and be on the Ride, but have children under the age of 12? We are now offering Camp Teva (children’s programming) on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for any kids that prefer not to ride bikes.

For the first time in NY Ride history, we will also be doing a Family Ride for children ages 5-11 on Sunday of the Ride. This will be on a trail, with options to ride anywhere from 0-14 miles. All children riders must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, email ride@hazon.org.


Choose your participation type, then follow across for your housing options and fundraising commitment. All prices are per person.


Registration + Housing Fees

Hover over housing types for details.


Due Oct. 31, 2018

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 carlee.rosenthal@hazon.org for fundraising adjustments.



Costs & Benefits

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.

Fundraising Minimums

Fundraising Minimums

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.

Form a Team and Your Charity Can Earn 25%! Sign up a team of 4 or more people and 25% of your fundraising can go towards a charity of your choice that is in line with Hazon’s mission. Choose a team captain, and form a team of friends, family, or colleagues. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to support two great causes you care about.
General Grant Requirements
  • Must be in line with Hazon’s mission, as deemed by Hazon Staff
  • The team captain must apply for the grant prior to August 1st. Grant applications will be sent to team captains with teams of at least 4
Team members
  • Minimum number: 4 fundraisers
  • Team members can be either Riders or Crew
  • Each Crew member has a fundraising minimum of $800
  • Riders have a fundraising minimum of $800 (30 and under) or $1200 (31 and over)
  • Fundraising minimums are due by October 31 in order to be eligible for the grant
Participants must join a team at registration
  • A participant that has already registered as an individual cannot join a team retroactively unless they decide to form a new team and recruit 3 additional participants
  • A participant that has already registered with one team cannot transfer to a different team
  • There can be exceptions to this rule at the Staff’s discretion
Grant Amount Valid through June 1st, 2018
  • Complete teams formed before that date are eligible for 50% of their team's fundraising to go towards the organization of their choice in the form of a grant, in line with Hazon's mission
  • All 4 fundraisers must be registered by June 1st
Valid through July 31st, 2018
  • Complete teams formed by July 31 are eligible for 25% of their team's fundraising to go to the organization of their choice in the form of a grant, in line with Hazon's mission
Questions? Email ride@hazon.org.
An opportunity to have a wonderful time with inspiring people while doing good for an excellent cause!