Transportation and Packing

Contains information for the 2017 NY Ride.
Information below is subject to change for 2018.

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.

Bicycle Transportation

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

A. Thursday night (8/31) 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 (8/31) 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

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.