At the end of March, HUC-JIR students will participate in the “Ride 4 Reform” - the ninth annual bike ride to support the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). Students will cover about 250 miles over five days, beginning in Haifa and ending in Mevasseret Zion. In addition to experiencing some of the most magnificent natural beauty that Israel has to offer, they will visit several Israeli Reform congregations along the way, bringing a message of friendship, solidarity, and support.
The purpose of the ride is to raise funds for the community and educational programs of Israel’s Movement for Progressive Judaism – Israel’s Reform Movement. The money raised is used to support and strengthen 40 congregations and prayer groups across Israel, as well as to establish new congregations in geographic locations where there is no Reform presence. The money is also used to support the 45 Progressive kindergarten classes around Israel; to empower new immigrants who speak Russian, Spanish, and English to find their place in Israeli society; to train secular public school teachers to teach Jewish studies in a meaningful and pluralistic way; and to create scholarships for children to attend a unique Israeli-Jewish summer camp.
We can make a difference in Israel’s future. Their Reform Movement needs our help. Please join us in strengthening our extended family by supporting this worthy cause.
If you would like more information about the ride, please visit http://www.riding4reform.org.