Above: Members of the JNF-Atlanta 2016 Israel Ride team Morris Maslia, Amy Kahn, Alan Lubel and Pam Kelly Cohen get ready to disassemble their bikes at Performance Bicycle. 

With less than a week to go until the start of the 2016 Israel Ride, four members of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Atlanta cycling team disassembled and packed their road bikes on Sunday evening, Oct. 30 in preparation for the flight to Israel. View photos of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154759719241654.1073741999.559826653&type=1&l=a421af2795

2014 Israel Ride alumnus Morris Maslia is team captain for the 2016 Israel Ride. Other members of the JNF-Atlanta team include: Richard Mitchell, Pam Kelly Cohen, Amy I. Kahn, Alan Lubel, and Ann and Gil Weiner (of Scottsdale, AZ).

More than 175 cyclists will be riding from Jerusalem to Eilat through Israel’s Negev Desert, between 150 and 350 miles, exploring Israel and learning about the work of two great organizations, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon. The beneficiaries of the Israel Bike Ride are the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon. The Arava Institute offers a life-changing academic program that brings students together from Israel (Arabs and Jews), the US, the Palestinian Authority, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan using environmental study as a shared goal. At the Arava Institute, participating students learn the essential skills required for becoming future environmental leaders.

Each cyclist is required to raise a minimum of $3,600 ($3,000 if this is their first visit ever to Israel) and pay for their transportation to and from Israel. The 2016 Israel Ride begins on Wednesday, Nov. 8 outside of Jerusalem and concludes on Monday afternoon, Nov. 14 as cyclists enter Eilat.

Cyclists of all skill levels participate in this event: recreational (30 miles per day), advanced (55-60 miles per day), and professional (75-90 miles per day). Throughout the upcoming ride, Morris Maslia will be providing posts of insights and photos of this exciting and transformative event.