Are you looking for a way to do good and get active? Has Peloton lost its cycling luster? Then sign up for the New England Region FJMC Tour de Shuls charity ride on June 26, 2022. This bike tour stops at various synagogues throughout the region along a scenic route, raising money for Camp Ramah’s Tikvah program along the way.
You don’t have to be a hardcore biker, either: Choose between a 10-, 25-, 50- or 75-mile route. Synagogues serve as rest (and socializing with popsicles) stops. Check out the routes here. The tour starts and ends at Temple Israel of Natick.
The program is back in full force after a pandemic hiatus, sponsored by New England Region Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. Fundraising proceeds go toward enabling kids and young adults with learning, social and developmental differences to participate in camp alongside their peers. (Check out our earlier JewishBoston story!). Even though Tikvah program campers receive more supports, specialized programming and individualized accommodations, tuition is the same for all campers—and fundraisers like this one make it all possible, says Tikvah director Bonnie Schwartz.
“It gives us the ability to exercise and the ability to do tikkun olam and to give back,” says Ken Turkewitz, one of the organizers. “You have fun, and it goes to a great cause.”
Roughly 100 people participate each year, and many bring in sponsors from the local Jewish community, too. Turkewitz says many riders reconnect year after year. It’s especially important because it draws riders from local Jewish men’s clubs who might find it hard to make connections otherwise.
“Men don’t tend to bond much. It’s a big problem among men,” he admits. “The clubs offer friendship and camaraderie. We need an outlet.” (That said, the ride is open to everyone.)
Registration is $72, with an early-bird rate of $54. Riders are also asked to collect $50 in sponsorships. Sign up goes live today; check it out.