About the 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 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.

Participation Options


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 at least 12 year old to participate as a rider.


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.

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.


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. We will be offering a rest stop or lunch stop every 10 to 15 miles.

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!


At the Retreat

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!

view the 2017 schedule

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

On the Road

Cycle anywhere from 35 to 16 miles over two days. We offer multiple route options each day to keep it fun and challenging for riders of all levels. Ride past sprakling lakes, through quaint towns, over rollings hills, along green pastures, and on rail trails. This Ride is fully supported; routes will be marked, cue sheets will be provided, mechanics and medics will be available, and each route will have sweep vehicles.

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.

Both Sunday and Monday routes are loops starting and ending at Isabella Freedman. Enjoy great food, drinks, music, and more at our incredible celebratory finish!

Choose your participation type, then follow across for your housing options and fundraising commitment. All prices are per person.
Prices go up February 15th


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!


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.

Team Partnership Grants

Apply for funding for your environmental project!

Hazon provides small grants to environmental projects across North America and Israel through our Bike Rides.

Projects may focus on any of the following areas:

  • the connection between Judaism and the environment
  • transportation alternatives to driving
  • climate change
  • food justice
  • sustainable food
  • farming and gardening

Examples of projects have received funding:

  • Food justice learning and programming
  • Recycling and composting programs
  • Renewable energy projects such as solar panels
  • Eliminating disposables from a school cafeteria
  • Installing gardens at a camp or JCC
  • Bike racks at schools and synagogues

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In order to be eligible, you must have a team of at least four riders. The team will receive 20% of the fundraising minimum and 30% of all funds raised above the minimum. Fundraising from crew members on your team is included as money raised above the minimum team fundraising commitment. All grantees must complete our short application prior to the Ride.

How does it work?  

Step 1: The organization elects a team captain

Step 2: The team captain(s) registers for the Hazon Ride & Retreat and creates a team.

Step 3: The team captain, with help from Hazon, recruits 3 or more people affiliated with the institution to join in the excitement over Labor Day weekend.

Step 4: The grantee completes short application (below) so we can highlight the organization’s project in our Ride materials.

Step 5: The participants fundraise, train, and prepare for the Ride, and then show up at Isabella Freedman on Labor Day for a memorable experience, with the knowledge that they’ve supported both Hazon and their own organization.

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Hazon will help you market your team to your constituency, providing marketing materials and educators to help promote the Ride at your institution.

Each registered participant will receive a personal fundraising page. Participants may fundraise through their person page or through a dedicated team website.

Hazon will list all partners online and in the Ride program book, and each institution will be highlighted during the weekend programming.

For a comprehensive list of how to get your team up and biking, check out our Team Captain’s Guide! Once we draw nearer to the Ride, we will also be sending out a monthly Team Captain’s Newsletter to our inspirational captain community, including advice from some of the top fundraising teams, best practices on how to recruit new members, and potential grant ideas from previous years. 



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.

Email carlee.rosenthal@hazon.org for fundraising adjustments.

The Cause: Sustainability is a Jewish Value

Celebrating 18 years of sustainability… and supporting a more sustainable world for all

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 celebrate what it means to be sustainable and raise vitally important funds that will support Hazon’s work 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. Our Adamah, Teva, and JOFEE fellowship programs held at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center are 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 and Retreat, your participation makes a difference.