This fall, Michael Dobrin will trade Middle Tennessee’s hills for Israel’s dramatic terrain when he participates in third annual cycling tour of Israel organized by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). The tour goes from Eilat to Jerusalem and takes place Oct. 20-26.
Dobrin is a member of West End Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of Nashville’s Community Relations Committee. He has been bicycling with a group in Middle Tennessee for the past five years, he says in an e-mail.
“I have been passionate about Israel for as long as I can remember, but have only been there once. When I found out about the FIDF ride, I was immediately excited about the prospect of merging those two passions.” Two recent losses within a month of each other – of his father, who inspired his love for Israel, and of his friend, Shmuel Goldring, who had served in the Israel Defense Forces – cemented Dobrin’s decision to participate.
The FIDF Cycling Tour of Israel covers more than 400 miles and 32,000 feet of climbing. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide for the well-being of the men and women who serve in the IDF as well as the families of fallen soldiers. Headquartered in New York City, FIDF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization
Dobrin is raising funds for the Strides Program, which provides wounded IDF veterans with special prosthetics. He has a website for donations: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/michael-dobrin/FIDFBIKERIDE
He asks people to sponsor his participation in the ride by clicking on the “donate” button on the website or writing a check to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces with Michael Dobrin – Cycling Tour in the memo and sending it to FIDF, 29 E. Madison St., Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60602. •