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Cycle into Shabbat and the Hazon NY Ride & Retreat

DSC_0968With perfect weather and a Spring sun, we gathered last Shabbat in Central Park to ride bikes, picnic, and sing songs to welcome Shabbat outside, just like the ancient Kabbalists used to. “Lay on your backs,” Shira guided us while strumming the first few chords, “and when you sing this song asking God for a suchat shlomeicha, a shelter of peace, look up to the trees above your head. And look even father, up to that big beautiful blue sky.” Those old Kabbalists were definitely on to something…

(We’ve got a bunch of fantastic photos HERE, check them out and tag your friends!)

All of this was to kick off Lab/Shul’s involvement at the Hazon NY Ride & Retreat over Labor Day Weekend. Not only will we be helping lead the rituals and creative programming over the weekend, we’ll also be sending a team to the ride! Register with Lab/Shul for a special discount code and support us too! Click HERE or email Jesse at [email protected]

DSC_0890It’s more than just a ride: Spend Shabbat hiking on the Mohawk Trail, canoeing on the lake, exploring the Adamah organic farm, and enjoying delicious kosher farm-to-table meals. Practice Judaism in a diverse community, with options including yoga, musical services, and traditional prayers.

Cyclists can then enjoy two days of fully-supported riding: Sunday’s route will explore the Connecticut and Massachusetts Berkshire hills and quaint towns, while Monday will be spent on the Putnam Trail in the Hudson Valley. Non-riders are welcome to join to help crew (a vital and energetic part of the weekend), or just come for Shabbat.