About 20 North Jersey cyclists have registered so far for “Tour de Simcha: Miles of Smiles and Inspiration,” Chai Lifeline’s charity bike ride. The annual all-women’s ride, set for August 5, most likely will draw about 100 bikers. It will raise money for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network that provides practical, social, emotional, and financial support to children with serious illnesses and their families.
The riders include Laura Sliverstein of Elizabeth, and Tzippy and Tamar Newman of Highland Park, Tova Gerson of Bergenfield, and Chaya Goldsmith, Annie Hakimi, Gilit Herman, Pearl Magence, Freeda Muller, Bibi Pavel, Eva Rothberg, Sari Schiff, and Adina Wiener, all from Teaneck .
Participants will start the ride at the Glen Spey campus of Camp Simcha. Riders will have the choice of either a 38- or 65-mile route along the scenic, rolling hills of the Catskills. They will finish at “The World’s Greatest Finish Line,” back at Camp Simcha, where they will be cheered on and celebrate their incredible achievement with the campers.
“There is nothing like the finish line after a hard ride. Seeing the children at Camp Simcha is emotional and extremely meaningful,” Eva Rothberg said.
“The women of Tour de Simcha are an inspiration to all of us. With every mile they ride, they help Chai Lifeline continue to fulfill its mission,” Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline’s CEO, added.
Tour de Simcha benefits Chai Lifeline’s more than two dozen year-round programs and services, including professional case management and counseling, meal delivery to hospitals and homes, transportation to medical appointments, emergency financial assistance, Project Chai crisis intervention, insurance advocacy, i-Shine afterschool programming for children living with illness or loss in their families, Camp Simcha/Special summer programming, and more.
For more information, go to tourdesimcha.org.