More than 150 people took part in the first bike-athon for Jewish Family Services of Bergen County and North Hudson on Sunday. They raised more than $50,000, triple the expectations of JFS.
Proceeds from the bike-athon, dubbed “Wheels for Meals,” are dedicated to JFS’s Meals on Wheels program, which provides kosher meals to home-bound elders.
“The community spirit was incredible,” said Lisa Fedder, executive director of JFS.
There were five different bike routes for the event: 50 miles, 25 miles, 10 miles, three miles, and a toddler route in the parking lot of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.
“We wanted it to be a family event and it was,” said Fedder. “We had young kids doing a three-mile bike ride, and they were so proud they could accomplish that. We had people who did the 10-mile ride and can’t wait to do the 25-mile ride next year.”
The event was initiated and organized by 16-year-old high school student David Feuerstein, whose volunteer work for JFS earned him an award from the organization. (A profile of him in this newspaper is available at http://bit.ly/jsdavid.)
JFS delivers around 23,000 meals each year to seniors, many of whom are Holocaust survivors.