When Rabbi David Hoffman and 200 fellow riders remove their helmets and step off their bicycles on Monday, September 1 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, they will have each pedaled 120 miles in support of the environment.
Sponsored by Hazon, an organization committed to creating a healthier and more sustainable world, the eighth annual New York Jewish Environmental Bike Ride will take place over Labor Day Weekend and feature a scenic route through the Hudson Valley and a Shabbat retreat. In addition to the riders, there are 100 volunteer crew members.
According to Rabbi Hoffman, JTS Rabbinic Fellow, there is a uniquely Jewish dimension to environmental issues that goes back as far as creation: "God placed the human in the garden of Eden to serve and protect it.” (Genesis 2:15).
“Here at JTS, we are dedicated to both teaching ancient text and living fully in the present, which includes accepting the mandate to secure the physical future of the Jewish people and our planet. The participants in this ride, as well as the JTS students, staff, and faculty are involved in a host of initiatives to reduce the institution’s impact on our environment and to be responsible custodians of God’s creation,” said Rabbi Hoffman.
Information and ride registration is available by contacting Nancy Lipsey, Hazon Director of Outdoor Jewish Activities, at (212) 644 2332 or by visiting www.hazon.org.