Group gathers at JCC to ride ‘for the living’
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Group gathers at JCC to ride ‘for the living’

From left, Grant Rubach (with Nala the dog), Danny Mankovsky, Bri Rubach Mankovsky, Beth Rubach, JoJo Rubach, Marc Rubach, Steven Tamas, and Jason Rubach represent the family.
From left, Grant Rubach (with Nala the dog), Danny Mankovsky, Bri Rubach Mankovsky, Beth Rubach, JoJo Rubach, Marc Rubach, Steven Tamas, and Jason Rubach represent the family.

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly was home to Sunday’s Leon Rubach Satellite Ride for the Living. The ride took place outdoors at the JCC, with riders on spin bikes. The morning began with the national anthem and Hatikvah and a video clip from Jonathan Orenstein, the Krakow JCC’s CEO. The guest of honor was Holocaust survivor Marc Rubach, Leon Rubach’s brother, who was among the 38 spin bike participants. Leon’s wife, Eva, also was there.

Raychel Reilly, the JCC’s chief health and wellness officer, left, who spearheaded the event, with JoJo Rubach of the JCC board of trustees, speaking; JCC group exercise director Hagit Tal, and JCC cycling instructor Adeena Pultman.

The annual Ride for the Living usually is a 60-mile bike ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the JCC in Krakow, Poland. The ride commemorates the Holocaust and Jewish history and it celebrates and supports the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today. The pandemic made it go virtual this year.

This year’s bike ride, sponsored by the Rubach family, was named for Leon Rubach, z”l, JoJo and Jason Rubach’s father, who survived the Holocaust with his mother, Genia, and his brother, Marc, hiding in an apartment in Krakow. JoJo Rubach is a past president of the JCC.

Some of the participants on spin bikes at the JCC; the JCC’s “welcome home” banner in the background greets members returning to the JCC’s Tenafly campus.

Sponsors included the Rubach family, ShopRite of Englewood, and Matrix Fitness.

The ride was free. Donations will benefit the JCC Krakow, which raises more than 90 percent of its operating budget from the generosity of overseas donations. For information, email Alison Kenny at akenny@jccotp.org or go to jccotp.org.

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