התנועה ליהדות מתקדמת בישראל
Exploring Northern Israel, Hula Valley, the Slopes of the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee
March 26th – Mar 30th, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Pictures from the Annual Bike RideThank you for your interest in Riding4Reform, the 13th Annual IMPJ bike ride which supports Reform Judaism in Israel. It will certainly be both a challenging and a rewarding experience. You may have a number of questions about the ride; listed below are the ones most frequently asked, along with their answers. If you don’t find the information you need, please contact us at riding4reform@reform.org.il.

Why should I join the IMPJ Bike Ride?

Pictures from the Annual Bike RideThe ride is a great way to add real meaning to your Israel experience. Your ability to cope with the physical challenge of the ride will provide you great satisfaction. You'll get to meet new people and have fun, and at the same time, support Reform Judaism in Israel. From the inspiring desert oases of Yahel and Lotan, to Nahariya close to the Lebanese border, through cities and towns across Israel, the Israeli Reform Movement is making its presence felt. Donations from the ride will go to support this vital work.

How do I get to the starting point?

The exact location of the start point of the 2017 ride is not yet determined. It will likely begin at one of the beaches of Israel, north of Nahariya. Transportation will be provided for participants to the starting point from both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem early morning (5:30 AM) on Sunday, the first day of the ride. If you bring your own bike, we will also transport them to the starting point. If you wish to get to the start point area ahead of time, we would be happy to help arrange close by accommodation from either Friday or Saturday night, at an additional cost. If there is enough of a demand, we will also provide transportation from Jerusalem and/or Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. For more info contact us at: riding4reform@reform.org.il

How do I arrange transportation to Israel?

Participants are responsible for making their own international travel arrangements.

What will the ride cost?

You will need to send us your registration fee and you must commit to raising at least US$2,250 in sponsored donations that are due no later than a week before the ride begins.

What does the IMPJ provide?

Pictures from the Annual Bike RideYour registration fee covers the cost of all logistics related to the ride: transportation to the starting point of the ride from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, transportation from the end point of the ride to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, overnight accommodations during the ride, transportation of your luggage between overnight stops, all meals, picnic lunches and refreshments while cycling, minor mechanical repairs if you bring your own bike, or full maintenance if renting from us, organized evening activities (and afternoon activities for the light tracks), and back-up transportation in case of fatigue. A medic and a security guard will escort the ride. All other expenses are the responsibility of the rider. Please note that we may offer some additional activities at an extra cost (such as body massage, or special outdoor activities).

How good a cyclist do I have to be? How fit do I have to be?

Pictures from the Annual Bike RideYou do need to be fit and you obviously need to be able to ride a bike reasonably well. However, you will be able to cycle at your own pace within the group; this is a ride and not a race. If you do get tired or find that you are falling behind, there will be a vehicle to pick you up. Moving between the full day tracks and the half day tracks is always available for you, on a daily basis. That being said, experience shows that those riders who have gone through a reasonable training regime will enjoy the ride even more. Our cyclists are not fitness fanatics but ordinary people living busy lives who enjoy the stimulation and challenge of a great ride while supporting a worthy cause. The route will include some steep ascents, as well as easier stretches.


How would you describe the experience?

Since the concept of sponsored bike rides for charity began in the early 1,990’s, many riders have found the experience so inspiring that they ride year after year. The camaraderie and friendship, the sense of fulfillment and achievement, and the beauty of the scenery all add up to an unforgettable experience. The ride will not be easy; you will need grit and determination, but the rewards are extraordinary.

Should I bring a bike?

Pictures from the Annual Bike RideParticipants of the road track are required to bring their own bike, as there are no road bikes for rent. For the mountain track, you are welcome to bring your own bike, although in our experience, it is simpler to rent one in Israel. The rental bikes are good quality, entry-level hard tail mountain bikes equipped with front suspension, 26" wheels, 24 or 27 gears using the Shimano “rapid fire" system, and tires that are suitable for the local terrain. They are made by leading international manufacturers such as Giant, Trek and Ironhorse, and come equipped with regular pedals. Though they may be of a lower standard than experienced bike riders tend to own, they are certainly adequate and should make the ride pleasurable. We will arrange for you to get the right sized bike.

If you have your own pedals and riding shoes, or your preferred saddle, you may want to bring them and we will fit them on the bike once you get here. Using the Shimano style SPD pedal system or its equivalent will add to your comfort during the ride. Whether you rent a bike or bring your own, we will have a qualified bike mechanic accompanying us to help out if the need arises.

We will be happy to make the rental arrangements for an additional fee of $20 per day. Ordering a rental bike can be done when you fill out the registration form.

Pictures from the Annual Bike Ride

How do I obtain the minimum sponsorship?

The best way is to contact everyone you know. You can find some sample letters that you can copy or amend to suit your needs on this Web site. We will also provide you with as many leaflets about Reform Judaism in Israel as you need to send to encourage people to sponsor you. Holding fund-raising events is also a good way to increase your sponsorship total. Set yourself a high target to ensure that your efforts are worthwhile. After you have sent out the letters, you will find that it is really fun opening your mail and being pleasantly surprised at the generosity of your friends and acquaintances!

Are sponsored donations tax-deductible?

It depends on your country's laws. Donations from the United States and Canada are definitely tax deductible; donations from other countries have to be checked on an individual basis, so contact us at: riding4reform@reform.org.il for specific information. Official receipts and acknowledgements will be sent to every donor.

What age limitations are there?

Pictures from the Annual Bike RideThe minimum age of entry is 18. Participants aged 17 are welcome, provided they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must accompany them at all times throughout the ride and be responsible for them.

What health precautions should I take?

Pictures from the Annual Bike RideIf you are generally in good health and capable of riding the full day or the light tracks, whatever appropriate, over 5 days, then you probably don't need to do anything special beyond a routine physical examination. We will need your doctor's authorization that you can participate and a complete list of any medications that you are taking.

Be sure to arrange for travel medical insurance coverage while you are on the ride.

What if I have any further questions?

Please contact us at: riding4reform@reform.org.il

We look forward to hearing from you.