November 2017 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5778,  Volume 23, Issue 11

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Mark Glick of Westbury, riding through the Negev Desert on Oct. 22 during the FIDF Cycling Tour of Israel (Photo credit: Gilad Kavalerchik).

Cross Israel Cycling Tour Shows Solidarity with Israeli Soldiers

Supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces {FIDF} took part in  an intense six-day bicycle ride through Israel in October.  Joining the American FIDF supporters for this cross-county ride, which began in southern Israel on October 20, was a group of wounded Israeli combat veterans who have benefited from FIDF rehabilitative programs and prosthetic devices, and professional Israeli cyclist Roy Goldstein.


The 34 cyclists from across the U.S., including some New Yorkers, covered more than 350 miles and a total vertical climb of over 22,000 feet. The ride allowed the participants, all of whom are avid cyclists, to show solidarity with and support for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while they experience Israel from the seats of their bikes.


“This cycling tour is an incredible opportunity to bring FIDF supporters together with Israeli soldiers,” said FIDF Midwest Executive Director Tamir Oppenheim. “Biking across Israel together with wounded veterans will help participants to really understand the impact FIDF has on the lives of the brave men and women who benefit from FIDF programs.”


Beginning at the Red Sea in Israel’s southernmost city, Eilat, the cyclists headed north, riding through the Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert, before continuing to Ashkelon, and finally finishing in Jerusalem. Along the way, the group visited national landmarks, ancient historic sites, and Israeli military bases. The participants met active-duty soldiers serving on these bases, Lone Soldiers who serve in the IDF with no immediate family in Israel, and combat veterans who benefit from the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program.


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