JDC Events & Travel

JDC Ambassadors: Bike Hungary & Romania

30 Jun 2019 Apply

Love to travel the world? Want to change the world?

Join JDC Ambassadors on a tour of Eastern Europe’s dynamic and resilient Jewish communities- on two wheels!  We will be cycling from Hungary to Romania with Kenes Tours and making a special side trip to Camp Szarvas, the international Jewish summer camp that has been proclaimed by thousands of campers, “the happiest place on Earth.”

View our itinerary here!

JDC is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization, assisting and empowering Jewish communities around the globe. Traveling with JDC offers a rare window into corners of global Jewish life that often go unseen. Our Ambassadors missions bring together a diverse mix of supporters and philanthropists from across North America to experience JDC’s extraordinary work, and be a part of the future of global Jewish life.

Join us this June for a VIP cycling tour of Eastern Europe’s dynamic and resilient Jewish communities. This trip will take its participants on picturesque countryside routes to witness the miracle of Jewish renewal across Hungary and Romania, where JDC works with local partners to provide social services to the neediest, and build vibrant Jewish community.

Our tour has options for relaxed days and additional challenging rides. The trip will accommodate veteran and novice cyclists alike, with SAG vehicle support at all times. On the road, participants will be joined by local Hungarian, and Romanian cycling staff, guides and facilitators.

Along the way, guests will enjoy the unique culture and cuisine of the region.  Our team of professionals will provide a cycling and Jewish travel experience from meetings with local leaders and sharing in the rich Jewish life of their communities.  Working with Kenes Tours, an Israel-based travel company, we have created a unique opportunity to explore Hungary and Romania by bicycle. Kenes Tours is experienced in worldwide cycling trips and events including the Hazon-Arava Institute’s Israel Ride, Italy’s 2018 Giro d’Italia and other VIP rides around Europe.

There are limited spots available, save your seat now!

Trip co-chairs: Ellen and Frank Hagelberg and Gary Zimmerman

Estimated Cost:
Budapest-Timisoara  Single Occupancy: $5,750; Double Occupancy, per person: $5,550

Budapest-Timisoara, plus post-mission Shabbat experience in Bucharest: Single Occupancy: $6,230; Double Occupancy, per person: $6,130.

Participants are required to pay the full participation fee by May 16, 2019.

Costs include ground transportation, hotels, meals, guides, bicycles and processing fees; they do not include cost of airfare between countries or transatlantic flights. Costs represent real expenses for JDC.

Please contact Victoria Blint Midrony for more information at Victoriab@JDC.org or call (646) 871-3274

Please note: You are welcome to take part in the annual Ride for the Living in Krakow, Poland, which will take place immediately before this mission, on June 27-30, 2019.  Ride for the Living is a meaningful opportunity to immerse yourself in Krakow’s Jewish past, present, and future, including the annual Jewish Culture Festival, and exploring Krakow’s beautiful medieval architecture. The Ride includes a private guided tour of Auschwitz, tours of Krakow, and participation in Shabbat dinner at JCC Krakow. JDC will not be handling arrangements for the Ride of the Living.
Participation requires a meaningful gift (minimum $5,000 USD per person) to help support JDC’s rescue, relief, and renewal programs around the world. JDC Board Members and 2019 Ambassadors are exempt.