[Newsletter] May 10 – Bike Month
In This Email
- May Is Bike Month
- It’s Like Riding a Bike
- Congratulations to Our California Riders!
- Healthy Sustainable Shavuot Menu
- Hazon Hosts Wilderness First Aid Class
- Local Events and Features from our Partners and Friends
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Start Riding Today!
May is National Bike Month, a time to appreciate all that is wonderful about bicycles and the many reasons to ride them. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist, or it’s your first time in many years, now is the perfect time to start riding. There are no special skills required beyond the knowledge of a few hand signals. You don’t even need a separate wardrobe; just a bike. It’s not only the most environmentally-conscious way to travel, but it’s often the most convenient way to get around, and it is enormously satisfying to know that you’ve traveled somewhere using your own two legs. Cycling gives you a deeper appreciation of your surroundings; you’ll see the world around you with new eyes from the seat of your bike. Many who commute by bike will say it’s the best way to start the day.
And did we mention it’s just plain fun?
- Friday, May 18th is Bike to Work Day. Start planning your commute!
- Repair the World has a great list of ways to get involved for Bike Month
- Join Hazon for a free Summer Ride in New York City
- Visit Hazon’s collection of advice for training and tips for safe cycling
- Register for a Hazon Bike Ride
- Need a bike? In the New York Area, visit places like Recycle-A-Bicycleor the Brooklyn Bike Jumble. Several cities have bike shares, and New York is next!
- Plainly stated, Grist tells us to Get Your A** on That Bike!
What’s so Jewish about cycling?
By Jake Wilkenfeld-Mongillo, Communications Manager, Hazon
When did bike-riding as an adult become a “thing?” One moment I was riding around the suburban Connecticut neighborhood where I grew up, the next moment I was old enough to drive, and my bike was rust. Now that I’m in my late 20s, it’s a “thing.” I don’t necessarily mean a thing as in a trend (though it’s clearly trendy in some spheres). I had to get a bike, a helmet, get a lockâ€”because how is it ever going to fit in my tiny Brooklyn apartmentâ€”and learn to ride in trafficâ€”to work! Let’s not forget that I was not even a particularly athletic kid to start. Energy and endurance are at a premium now.
And what’s so Jewish about biking?
3rd Annual Hazon California Ride and Retreat is This Weekend
We wish all of the participants on the 2012 Hazon California Ride and Retreat a good ride and congratulations on their fundraising!
Join us at the Finish Line!
You’re invited to our closing ceremonies from 2 PM to 3 PM on Sunday, May 13th at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay (1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA) to join with us in celebrating a successful weekend and in honoring our community’s accomplishments!
Ahhhh…Shavuot. The Jewish holiday that commemorates when Jews received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The holiday that celebrates the first fruits of the season. And the (only?) Jewish holiday where vegetarians don’t feel marginalized by a table crammed with meat-heavy dishes.
May 31, 2012, 8 AM – 5 PM
BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education), 639 14th Ave., San Francisco, CA
June 1, 2012, 8 AM – 5 PM
Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the specific discipline of first aid which relates to care in remote areas, where emergency medical services will be difficult to obtain or will take a long time to arrive. Hazon is partnering with Foster Calm to offer a WFA class with lots of hands-on skills practice.
Additional Reading: Pikkuah Nefesh in the Wilderness – Saving a Life
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center’s
“If Not Now Society” Induction
Please join Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for their inaugural “If Not Now Society” Induction.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
123 East 55th Street, New York, NY
The “If Not Now Society” will serve as a salute to visionary leaders who have made a tremendous impact on Isabella Freedman and the world.
Inside the Activists’ Studio 2012
Finding Your Voice in a Global Movement
Join us to learn from and be energized by local Jewish change-makers and to celebrate the multitude of ways we are working to create a more just world.
May 20th, 3 – 8 PM
The Elisabeth Irwin High School
40 Charlton Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY
$8-18, sliding scale.
Inside the Activists’ Studio 2012 will help us explore the parameters of a global movement and find our place as Jewish social justice activists within it. Learn tools to help reflect on what’s most important to you, amplify your voice, and participate in a meaningful way in the global effort towards a more just world.
Registration Open for Teva Seminar and Jewcology Leadership Training
Jewcology is partnering with the Teva Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education to bring back our engaging and effective Leadership Training. In 2011, nearly 50 Jewish environmental leaders were empowered to tell their stories and the stories of their communities, and to motivate their communities to meaningful, shared action.
Shavuot on the Mountain with Wilderness Torah
Join Wilderness Torah on Memorial Day weekend for a Shabbat and Shavuot camping festival in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland. Celebrate, learn, and connect with the natural world and community.
2, 3, and 4-day options available.
Celebrate Rainbow Day and Shabbat Shmitah!
Remember the rainbow covenant on Shabbat Behar
You can find Torah, prayers, and liturgies, lesson plans about seed-saving, learning from Hoshea and Ezekiel, Kabbalahn and midrash, and project ideasâ€”39 in allâ€”that you can use to celebrate Rainbow Day (May 18-19, 2012) and to remember the first covenant of the Torah, God’s covenant with the land and with all creation, this week and every week. This year Rainbow Day falls on Shabbat Behar, when we read about the Sabbatical (Shmitah) year covenant with the land, perhaps the most visionary part of the Sinai covenant.