Join us for the 13th annual Ride4Reform and help us achieve our vision of creating a more pluralistic, just and equal Israel. Riding 4 Reform is suitable for all types of nature-lovers, with two cycling options, road and mountain cycling.
Join us for an unforgettable week that combines your love of biking and your commitment to supporting Israel and the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). Experience a soul, mind and body retreat on wheels. Meet committed Reform Jews from Israel, North America, and throughout the world while enjoying breathtaking views throughout the land of Israel.
New: On-road biking track, for road bikers: In addition to our traditional mountain biking tracks, this year we have added a complete road track, suitable for those who prefer riding on paved secondary roads.
Both the road and mountain tracks explore Northern Israel, traversing the same region on different routes. The Mountain-bike track will stay off public paved roads as much as possible, aiming at experiencing the wild and non-urban nature. The road track will stay on paved road only, taking a longer route to the same destination, mostly on secondary public roads.
A typical full biking day involves about 7-8 hour of riding. Refreshment and lunch breaks will be provided on the route at selected locations. Both tracks will meet at the end of each biking day, where bikers get their rooms, and have dinner and other planned activities.
A half-day light versions of these tracks are available, without serious climbs or descents, over easy terrain and shorter distances. These light versions are especially selected for the recreational bikers who wish to spend more time off the saddle, treating their soul, mind and body in alternative ways. The participation in the full and light versions of the ride is very flexible; riders can decide each day to challenge themselves or have an easier day and enjoy the other planned activities.
Evening activities will include meetings with key leaders from the IMPJ and reform congregations, as well as local leaders from Northern Israel. Massages and other relaxing activities will be arranged, for those interested, sometimes at extra cost. Participants of the half-day tracks will also have the opportunity to visit some local sites or enjoy other outdoor activities, when available.
Aside from the daily ride itself, we will enjoy the variety of organic local produce from the area, as well as meeting artisanal food growers and possibly taking part in the process of making artisanal food. We will have time to relax and participate in a spiritual workshop, meditative and special prayers and other activities, thus combining soul, body and mind cleansing.
The traditional Riding4Reform mountain track consists of riding through diverse terrains (paved, gravel paths, single tracks, dirt), with a typical daily ride of about 25-40 miles (40-60kms), and typical accumulated climbs or descents of 1000-2000 ft (300-600m). Participants on this track will ride on mountain bikes that are either brought by the rider, or rented from a local supplier (you have to notify us in advance if you wish to rent a bike). The route is selected such that non-experienced mountain riders can cope with the challenge, and quickly gain the needed capabilities to control the bike in different terrains. A half-day light version of this challenging track is available. This light version is especially selected for the recreational bikers who wish to spend more time off the saddle, enjoying other planned activities.
The On-Road route appeals to riders in good shape who trains on paved roads. The route traverses secondary paved roads through magnificent hilly scenery and very light traffic. The track averages 40-60 miles of riding per day (60-95kms), and per-day accumulated climb of about 700-2500 ft (200-750m). Throughout the five days, we will be totaling approximately 240 miles. Participants of this track will ride on road bike that are brought by the rider.
A half-day light version of this full on-road track is available, for the recreational bikers who wish to spend more quality time off the saddle.
Participants of this track will ride on road bike that are either brought by the rider, or rented from a local supplier (you have to notify us in advance if you wish to rent a bike.