About the Ride

Welcome to the New York Ride & Retreat!

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 RIDE

  • Cycle 35 – 160 miles over two days

  • 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

  • Fully supported routes: marked roads, cue sheets, sweep cars, mechanics, medics, bathrooms, snacks, and lots of encouragement

  • Ride days end with celebrations, great food, drinks, music & more!

  • Bike rentals available

  • Riders pay a registration fee & commit to raising a min of $800 – $1200

  • Fundraising is due October 31st

  • Don’t want to cycle? Join our crew team and support riders

 

THE SHABBAT 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 CAUSE

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:

  • 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

 

Pedaling together for a healthier planet!
For more information, contact ride@hazon.org

Accommodations

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 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…

Premium Housing

Enjoy our newest, most spacious rooms, double occupancy, and your own private bathroom in our Premium Housing level.  Linens and towels will be provided, as well as toiletries upon request. All indoor rooms are air-conditioned.

Standard Housing

This housing level offers private or semi-private bathrooms. It’s also perfect for families – while most of the rooms have double occupancy, this housing level includes our higher-end triple occupancy rooms, as well. Linens and towels will be provided, as well as toiletries upon request. All indoor rooms are air-conditioned.

Basic Housing

Experience Isabella Freedman in dorm-style lodging with communal bathrooms and double or triple occupancy. Linens and towels will be provided, as well as toiletries upon request. All indoor rooms are air-conditioned.

Own Tent

Camp out under the stars and enjoy all that the Retreat Center has to offer in the most economical way possible. You are expected to bring your own tent, linens, and towels, and to set up the equipment yourself. Bathrooms and showers are available on site.

 

 

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
 

 

Food

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.

 

The personal pride achieved by our two sons as they completed riding 100 miles over two days taught them a lesson about setting high personal expectations, training and achieving, that no classroom experience can match.
—Jay, 40s
 

Families on the Ride

The New York Ride & Retreat is the perfect place to spend Labor Day Weekend with the whole family! Camp Teva is a fun and safe program for children, filled with engaging and meaningful nature-based activities rooted in Jewish tradition. Our Camp Teva counselors create programs designed to engage, educate, and entertain.

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  • The pool and lake at Isabella Freedman will be open and staffed by lifeguards at various times throughout the weekend. There is a kid-friendly part of the pool and boating available on the lake.
  • Various do-it-yourself hands-on activities will be available on Friday and Sunday afternoons, including challah braiding, pickling, energy-bar making, and more.
  • Tour and experience the Teva Topsy-Turvy Bus with our Teva educators and make pita or blend a smoothie on the back of a bicycle.

Camp Teva: Hazon’s experienced Teva educators will provide programming for kids (ages 5-15) in two age groups throughout the weekend. Parents are welcome to join for most activities, but you can also drop of your kids during the specific session times.

 

Activities will include:

  • Tour the Adamah Farm and visit the barnyard to meet our herd of goats.
  • Explore the forest and lake on the retreat grounds, including short hikes and walks.

more information about camp teva

Evening Babysitting and Shmira: We can arrange an evening “check in” service for your sleeping children. After you put your kids to bed, our babysitters will be on dutyon FrHazon 2015 NYC Ride_M Sasser Photo-359iday night. This will allow you to return to the evening activities. Our babysitters will walk by the rooms every 15 minutes and check on them every hour.

Housing: We have a variety of rooms to accommodate families of all sizes. Cribs, cots, and refrigerators are available upon request. Families with young children are generally housed near each other, making it easier for night time babysitting.

Food: There will be fruits, vegetables, and kosher healthy snack options for small kids available all day at Camp Teva. You should feel free to bring your own snacks as well (although please note that outside food is not allowed in the main building or dining tent). There is a small communal refrigerator available. Early family seating for dinner is generally available.