As we started our second day of riding and touring on the Israel Ride, we traveled south through the Yatir Forest, a large Jewish National Fund forest unique to its semi-arid setting and the largest planted forest in Israel. As we passed Jewish, Bedouin, and Arab towns – as well as ancient cities and desert strongholds – the feeling of immersion in and connection with Israel grew. This relationship with Israel – its land and its people – has been further intensified by the crew’s presence. The Israel Ride crew is made of Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, as well as past participants of Hazon programs. These alumni share their stories along the route to help us all gain better insight into and inspiration from this region.

To find out more about the Israel Ride, visit the Israel Ride website and be sure to “like” the Israel Ride Facebook Page as more details from the road and photos from each day will be added! If you want to experience the Israel Ride for yourself next year it will run from November 8 – November 15, 2016 and registration is already open! Enter the discount code “EARLY” to save $100 off your registration through November 3 and receive a Special Edition Israel Ride fleece by Eddie Bauer.

Click Here to Register for the 2016 Israel Ride!

Farewell for now!

Sam Schauer
Israel Ride Communications Manager