For Registered Participants

Information below is subject to change.

Personal Transportation

For NYC, we provide help with transportation to and from Isabella Freedman and bike transportation. We offer a bus from the Upper West Side, and shuttles will be provided from the train station in Wassaic to Isabella Freedman.


Click here for driving directions to Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Upper West Side Bus 

To Isabella Freedman

9:30 AM on Friday, September 1st
Pick up @ 110th Street between Riverside and Broadway
$30 per person each way

From Isabella Freedman

3:00 PM  on Monday, September 4th
Drop off @ JCC Manhattan on Amsterdam between 75th and 76th
$30 per person each way

Metro North Train

To Isabella Freedman

Shuttle from the Wassaic train station to Isabella Freedman on Friday, September 1st
Leaves 1:47 PM from Grand Central
Arrives 4:03 PM at Wassaic
$10 per person
Bikes are not allowed on this train.

From Isabella Freedman

This year, we are offering a train shuttle on Sunday morning for our Shabbat Only guests.
Sunday, September 3rd
Leaves 10:29 AM from Wassaic (departs Isabella Freedman at 9:30 AM)
Arrives 12:46 PM at Grand Central
$10 per person

Shuttle from Isabella Freedman to Wassaic train station on Monday, September 4th
Leaves 4:18 PM from Wassaic (departs from Isabella Freedman at 3:15 PM)
Arrives 6:36 PM at Grand Central
$10 per person
Bikes are not allowed on this train.

Bike Transportation

We offer a few options for transporting your most important piece of luggage – your bike – to Isabella Freedman from NYC:

A. Thursday night (8/30) bike pickup on the Upper West Side
6:30-8:30 pm at the JCC Manhattan on 76th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
Hazon staff and volunteers will load your bike into our truck and drive it to Isabella Freedman – for free!

B. Thursday night (8/30) bike pickup in Brooklyn (not confirmed, dependent on numbers)
6:30-7:30 pm at the entrance to Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza
Hazon staff and volunteers will load your bike into our truck and drive it to Isabella Freedman – for free!

C. Feel free to bring your bike in your car if you are driving

Bikes will be re-loaded onto the same trucks that they came up in and dropped off at the same pick-up location on Monday night. 

Packing List

Packing List

All of your things should fit into one piece of luggage. Please pack lightly as you will have to carry your luggage to your housing. You may also want to have a cycle bag on your bike for essentials during the Ride.

• Casual, comfortable clothes for Shabbat and the rest of the weekend.
• Layers – sweater, sweat shirt or jacket-the evenings can be chilly.
• Sunglasses
• Alarm Clock (you don’t want to miss the start)
• Bug Spray
• Ear plugs
• Undergarments
• Shower shoes
• Pajamas/Robe
• Swimsuit
• Toiletries (don’t forget shampoo, contact lens solution, medicine, sunscreen)
• Rain gear for walking around camp and cycling
• Cell phone and charger

Riding Gear
• Cycling shirts or jerseys (non-cotton athletic shirt)
• Padded cycling shorts
• Cycling Socks (wicking – not cotton!)
• Cycling gloves
• Small bike bag or pouch to carry cell phone, wallet with ID, medicine, and sunscreen (you will not need to carry food since we will provide food at all the rest stops)
• Refillable water bottle (we will be providing you with a Hazon water bottle as well)
• Helmet (mandatory!)
• Spare tubes, patch kit, tire levers etc.

Retreat Gear
• Board Games or sports equipment
• Yoga Mat
• Flashlight or head lamp

Jewish Objects
We will be able to provide you with a siddur, kippah, or tallit, if you want it. If you have any of these items of your own that you want to bring, you are welcome to do so.

Below is a general itinerary for the weekend and is subject to change.

Click here to view the 2017 NY Ride & Retreat schedule.


Friday Schedule

12:00 – 5:00 PM
Arrival and Check-In

3:00 – 4:30 PM
Welcome Fair

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Cocktail Hour

6:30 – 7:45 PM
Traditional and Non-Traditional Services

8:00 – 9:30 PM

9:30 – 11:00 PM
Various nighttime activities


Saturday Schedule

7:15 – 7:30 AM

8:00 – 9:00 AM

9:00 – 11:30 AM
Services/Hikes/Short Bike Ride

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Keynote Panel

1:00 – 2:00 PM

2:00 – 6:00 PM

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Session One Classes

Session Two Classes

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Session Three Classes

5:30 – 6:30
Session Four Classes

6:45 – 7:15 PM

7:15 – 8:00 PM

8:15 – 8:30 PM
Musical Havdallah

8:30 – 9:45 PM
Rider and Crew Briefings


Sunday Routes

For the first day of riding, we are offering four routes – 35, 52, 70, 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.

The 35-mile route (yellow) will split off from the other three at mile 3 and rejoin them at the Amenia Synagogue Rest Stop. This route will slowly gain elevation over the course of the first 10 miles, leading up to a large descent into the first and only rest stop of the day. After the first Rest Stop, all four routes will head north along a 7-mile rail trail, stop in the town of Millerton, and then split off once more to head straight back to Isabella Freedman.

The 52-mile (green), 70-mile (blue) and 100-mile (red) routes will make their way southwest through Sharon, CT before crossing the border into New York State. The first Rest Stop is at the World Peace Center, after which all three routes will continue southwest and to the southern tip of route in Dover Plains. They will then continue back north to the second Rest Stop at the Beth David Synagogue where they’ll meet back up with the 35-mile route. Riders then cycle on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail for 7 miles between the Amenia Rest Stop and Millerton, NY.

At mile 45, the 52-mile route will split off and head back to Isabella Freedman, while the 70 & 100-mile routes will head north to the Massachusetts boarder. They will stop at their third Rest Stop at Bartholomew’s Cobble, after which the 70-mile route will head back south to camp and the 100-mile route will make one more loop north to Great Barrington and back.

Click here to view an interactive map, with the individual routes in detail


Monday Routes

There will be three route options for the second day of riding – 30-miles (yellow), 45-miles (green), or 55-miles (blue).

All routes will begin the day riding southeast. The 30-mile route breaks off at mile 10 and will slowly gain elevation over the course of the first 10 miles, leading up to a large descent into the first and only rest stop of the day in Cornwall. Afterwards, the route heads back north along the river.

The 45 & 55 mile routes make their way south towards the town of Litchfield. There are two rest stops on these routes. The first is at a camp in Goshen and the second is with all three routes at a park in Cornwall. The two routes are together most of the day, but after the first rest stop, faster riders can choose to head further south for a bonus 10 miles before rejoining the 45-mile route in Bantam.

Click here to view an interactive map, with the individual routes in detail