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COVID-19 may have shut down the world, but it takes more than that to shut down Camp Simcha!
Though everything looks different these days, the heart and spirit of Bike4Chai remain unchanged – and stronger than ever.

This year, Camp Simcha – now officially Without Borders – is still in (nearly) full swing, and our riders and supporters are just as necessary, if not more necessary, than usual. That’s why Bike4Chai will go on, albeit with some modifications to protect the health and safety of the campers, the riders, and everyone involved.

 
 


 

The core of Bike4Chai and its mission is the same: a premier cycling event for riders of varying skill levels, whose enormous proceeds directly benefit the children of Chai Lifeline and their families.

“Simcha” translates to “joy” – the very essence of Camp Simcha. The children of Camp Simcha, who struggle with serious or chronic illness, are granted an unforgettable two-week reprieve from the pain, fear, and challenges of their lives. A summer in Camp Simcha is an extraordinary opportunity for hundreds of children to restore their fighting spirit and renew their determination to defeat illness and suffering.

Humble Beginnings
In 2009, a solitary  rider named Dovid Egert, a devoted Chai Lifeline volunteer, raised $10,000 in donations sponsoring a 135-mile bike ride from his home in Lakewood, NJ to Camp Simcha in Glen Spey, NY. His revolutionary ride provided the children of Camp Simcha with the summer of a lifetime; it also sparked an enormous innovation in fundraising.
  
The next year, Dovid was joined by Elliot Zaks and 38 inspired riders, and Bike4Chai was established.
  
This summer, hundreds of riders will participate in the 11th Bike4Chai ride, spanning three states over the course of two days. They will experience a cohesive, motivational ride through 180 miles of breathtaking scenery and incredible unity, triumphantly crossing a finish line like no other.