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This site at Fort Ontario in Oswego, N.Y. is the ONLY place in the U.S. that accepted refugees during the war. President Roosevelt sent Ruth Gruber on a secret mission to pick out 1000 people to come to the U.S. to escape the horrors of the Holocaust. She chose 982, 18 (Chai) short of the 1000. The children, grandchildren and succeeding generations as well as we are the 18, and our mission of education about tolerance and diversity is an effort to celebrate life.

The entire town of Oswego is working together with Hillel s Angels and the JMA to make this event one to Remember. We have met with the Mayor, the local Chabad Rabbi, Police officials, hotels, the Town Historian, the County Tourism Bureau, and they are all so excited that we will be there in 2014. Our R2R coincides with the 70th anniversary of their 1944 arrival. A member of HA has arranged with the Maritime Museum for have a replica of the Henry Gibbons, the ship they came over on, to be on display for this event. Out of the 982, there are only about 100 survivors left and many we will meet during that weekend. 2014 is also the 10th Anniversary of Jewish Bikers riding for this cause.

The former residents of America s only refugee camp for war victims feel an urgency to make sure their story is preserved. Manya Breuer, the refugee married at Fort Ontario explained,  I feel like I was left here, in this world, from the Holocaust, for a reason. I feel this energy was given to me to fully develop my life in the United States and live in America as human beings as everyone else. And being left from such a horror is to be like a messenger to let the world know what it is like to have faced a world of hate and prejudice and not letting any other human being live.

The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center, a memorial to suffering and the triumph of the human spirit needs the help of the JMA to continue its mission and tell and preserve this unique story.

For different levels of donations made to Safe Haven, you can have a plaque  in honor of or  dedicated to a loved one placed on the Wall of Remembrance at Safe Haven.? This is a first for the R2R in that everyone who ever visits Safe Haven will know what an impact the JMA made for this worthwhile cause.

Oswego is located in New York State on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario.

Oswego boasts that small town atmosphere in which the JMA presence will make a difference. Many state and local dignitaries will be joining us also.

In addition the Ride on Friday, there will be guided and unguided rides on Saturday as well as walking tours of the city.

The JMA OC, HA and the townspeople are feverishly working to put together the registration packet which we hope will be out Aug-Sept. timeframe.

Details will be forthcoming.? Stay Tuned for the 2014 Ride to Remember, the Ride you will NEVER FORGET.


The Executive Board and MAL of the JMA

Now that R2R 2013 is behind us, we are moving ahead to 2014. I want to personally thank those who attended and generously donated to CVHEN, a very worthwhile cause. Although, it was a low attended event, I was told the smaller crowd made it an event where people got well acquainted.? We welcomed JMA members that have never attended an R2R and we are looking forward to seeing them in Oswego.

We also met members of the Jewish riding community in Orange County who are working towards putting a viable club together in that area. The financial statement for R2R 2013 is being worked on and will be made public shortly.

On to Oswego& ..Hillel s Angels and the JMA OC has met with the people in Oswego and I can t even tell you how excited they are that we are coming. The entire city is aware that we are going to be there and we are looking at this to be a stellar event. The riding in this area is world class and HA are working to put breathtaking rides in place.? The meals will be all Kosher, a first for the R2R and will be cooked at the hotel, not catered in. The JMA will have the run of Oswego for the entire week. The small town atmosphere will make the difference.? There will be some surprises at this event, so come alone for the ride.? There will also be many of the remaining refugees and their families present to help us celebrate and commemorate.

We are asking for this R2R to register before you make your hotel reservations. If for any reason, you are unable to attend; your full registration fee and meal monies will be refunded. The only exception is 2 weeks out; we cannot refund meal money due to the need for the hotel need to know. If you are planning to register at the event, you can let us know ahead of time so you can be included in the meals. More details will be in the registration packet.

The Executive Board would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Betsy Ahrens, President
Jeff Sprintz, vice-President
Ben Cohen, Secretary
Jodii Zimmerman, Treasurer
Louis Caplan, MAL Communications
Peter Anderson, MAL Events
Mel Morris, Past President




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If you ride a motorcycle -- any brand, any type -- and have an interest in the Jewish faith and matters that are of interest and/or concern to the Jewish people related to motorcycling, you are welcome to join our forum. This forum provides a global internet environment whereby people of the Jewish faith who ride motorcycles can congregate to share and exchange ideas and opinions about matters of concern to the Jewish community at large, motorcycles and motorcycle riding, including our annual Ride to Remember, as a well as other subject material including Jewish humor and Yiddish-kite, and, of course, food. JMA News is also presented and available for comments. This new forum has features unavailable in our previous format. A link is provided above or click here to go the JMA forum



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