Welcome to the New York Ride & Retreat!
Sept 1 – Sept 4, Labor Day Weekend
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.
The Shabbat Retreat and Community Experience
Ease into the weekend with a Shabbat experience that brings people together in a diverse, vibrant, and warm community. From secular to observant, singles to families, kids to retirees – everyone is welcome! Enjoy organic Shabbat meals, take part in educational workshops, hikes, farm tours, lake activities, and more! This is a transformative experience you won’t want to miss!
The Route — Cyclists can select from seven different marked routes over the two riding days, with distances ranging from 25 to 100 miles. Ride past sparkling lakes, through quaint towns, over rolling hills, along green pastures, and on rail trails. Multiple route options keep it fun & challenging for cyclists of all levels.
The Support — Every rider receives cue sheets (direction) and is supported with sweep cars, lead and sweep riders, mechanics, medics, bathrooms, snacks, and lots of encouragement. Bike rentals are available upon request. Ride days end with celebrations, great food, drinks, music & more!
The Fundraising — Riders pay a registration fee & commit to raising a min of $800 – $1200. Fundraising is due October 31st, allowing riders two additional months after the Ride to reach and exceed their minimums.
Climate change, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s finite natural resources are doing real damage to the planet & to our future. The New York Ride & Retreat:
Raises money for projects that are furthering Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education (JOFEE)
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
Significantly increases the number of Jewish people who are environmentally aware and active
Is 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
Pedaling together for a healthier planet!
For more information, contact email@example.com
This page reflects the 2016 Ride schedule.
Stay tuned for more information on 2017.
Sunday’s routes explore the Connecticut and Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains. We are offering four routes – 37, 53, 72, and 100 miles – and each route will be fully supported and have its own highlights. There are decision points throughout the day where you can decide how long you want to ride.
All routes begin by heading through Salisbury, CT and have rest stops at the following State Parks:
- Bartholomew’s Cobble (MA), with opportunities for walking and exploring along the Housatonic River.
- Beckley Furnace (CT), a 19th century industrial site on a small creek.
The 37-mile route (yellow) takes a shortcut between the two rest stops and heads directly back to Isabella Freedman.
The 53-mile route (green) adds an extra loop at the end of the day, with a tough climb.
The 72-mile route (blue) has a tough climb just after Beckley Furnace, and heads south for an additional stop near Goshen, CT.
The 100-mile century (red) heads further south, with a 30-mile loop (and additional pit stop) before returning to Goshen and rejoining the 72-mile route.
Monday’s loops head west into New York State, exploring the Hudson Valley rather than the Berkshire Hills.
The 35-mile route (yellow) will pass through Sharon, MA and then head to Amenia, NY where there will be a rest stop at a small Synagogue.
The 50-mile (green) and 60-mile (blue) routes will have a 4-mile climb on the way to Sharon, MA and then head south to a rest stop at the World Peace Sanctuary. Each route has its own loop to get to the Amenia synagogue rest stop.
All routes end the day with a ride on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and a pit stop in Millerton, NY before returning to Isabella Freedman.
We anticipate all groups returning to Freedman by 1:30 pm. Lunch and showers will be available before our closing ceremony at 2:30 pm and 3 pm departure.
Attention all prospective participants! We have revamped our 2016 housing options in order to provide greater variety and accommodate a larger community. Now, in addition to our charming country lodging, you’ll have multiple options to camp out under the stars! Check out all four housing levels in more detail to decide which housing option is best for you…
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!
- 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.