Virtual bike ride ‘For the Living’
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Virtual bike ride ‘For the Living’

JoJo, Leon, and Jason Rubach (Courtesy JCCOTP)
JoJo, Leon, and Jason Rubach (Courtesy JCCOTP)

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly holds the Leon Rubach Satellite Ride for the Living, a bike ride, on Sunday, June 28, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., outdoors on spin bikes at the JCC. The ride will feature three JCC instructors on the Taub campus.

The Ride for the Living is an annual 60-mile bike ride through the Polish countryside, from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the JCC in Krakow. The ride commemorates the Holocaust and Jewish history in addition to celebrating and supporting the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today. This unusual year, participants are encouraged to walk or run or ride 60 miles from June 3 to July 5, the ride’s original date.

This year’s bike ride, sponsored by the Rubach family, is named for Leon Rubach, z”l, JoJo and Jason Rubach’s father, who survived the Holocaust as a hidden child in Poland. JoJo Rubach is a past JCC president.

Besides the Kaplen JCC, the RFL has partnered with JCC Global, the Alpert JCC of Long Beach, the Marcus JCC Atlanta, the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center, the Embassy of Israel in Warsaw, the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, and the Austrian Consulate General in Krakow.

The ride is free, but donations of any amount are welcome. They will benefit the JCC Krakow directly; more than 90 percent of the JCC’s operating budget is raised from the generosity of overseas donations. For tickets and information, go to jccotp.org.

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