Our annual 9th Grade Boys Bike Ride, which traverses all 38 miles of the San Gabriel River Bike Path, is not only an amazing physical feat for our boys, but a fundraiser for Jobs Katif, which provides rehabilitative employment services to the displaced families from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria.
With the help of few parents, and Mr. Buckley Mitchell, who drove the truck and transported all the bikes, the boys took off from the beginning of the San Gabriel River Bike Path in Azusa, in the foothills, and finished at the ocean at Seal Beach - 38 miles and 4.5 tired hours later. Along the way, the boys repaired flats and discovered that part of the path was under construction -- and wasn't paved, but they made it to Wilderness Park in Downey for lunch. Rabbi Sufrin and seniors Ariel Rafie and Josh Banafsheha prepared a delicious BBQ lunch, and after 23 miles, everyone was ravenously hungry and enjoyed it immensely. Almost all the boys made it to the glorious finish.
Special thanks also goes to Mr. Silberberg, Rabbi Dunner, Mrs. Lapidot, Mr. Tarko, Mrs. Muller, Mrs. Atri. Very special thanks to Mr. Mitchell, who spent the day with us, and Rabbi Etshalom, Mr. Uralevich and his son Edan, as well Mr. Kasden, who the boys on the ride. Finally, none of this would happen without the tremendous energy and time put in by Rabbi Stewart - thank you, rabbi!