The 2018 Ride to Remember (R2R) was held in Cleveland, Ohio, June 21-23, and supported the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (http://www.maltzmuseum.org/).
The event began with a Thursday Meet ‘n Greet at the Westin Hotel in downtown Cleveland (our host hotel).
The main event, the Ride to Remember, took place on Friday morning and culminated with presentations and tours at the Maltz Museum.
On Saturday, the JMA host club, The Shul Boys, organized a variety of motorcycle tours of the Cleveland countryside; and a farewell dinner was held Saturday night at the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Cleveland lakefront.
This year the collective clubs from around the world donated $78,500 to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Every year, the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance (JMA) holds a Ride to Remember in order to support an organization that focuses on the Holocaust and the concept of “Never Forget”. For 2017, the JMA selected Providence, Rhode Island, home to the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center (housed in the local J.C.C.). The event included the following activities:
* Thursday, June 8 – Meet ‘n Greet Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI
* Friday, June 9 – Breakfast at a local Harley dealership; the Ride to Remember through the Providence countryside, escorted by state and local police; lunch at the J.C.C.; a tour of the Touro Synagogue of Newport, RI (oldest synagogue in the US); Shabbat dinner
* Saturday, June 10 – Various scenic rides (most went to Mystic, CT); Farewell Dinner at Dueling Pianos in Providence.
What’s Christmas without going out for Chinese food? A total of 18 ( a Chai) members and spouses converged on the Phoenix in Chinatown for a Christmas Day feast. We had to split up into two separate tables — there wasn’t a “Lazy Susan” big enough to accommodate the entire group, but it gave a minimum of at least two people to talk simultaneously.
Then there’s the food. everyone picked an entree we we all shared the bounty. Next year we are ordering the King Crab that the staff brings out live before steaming and serving.
When we change to Daylight Savings Time our breakfast meeting time stay at 8:30 am. We gather every Sunday to meet, eat and socialize. Everyone is welcome. Jasper’s Cafe in Glenview is where we enjoy a full-menu breakfast and have time to socialize (and on occasion argue). Jasper’s is kind enough to accommodate our group in a separate dining area. Our orders are placed with the wait staff by 8:45 am so we can make sure a time departure for our rides. During the riding season it’s kickstands up at 9:30 am for the group ride.
If you want to learn more about Jewish motorcycle riding or are thinking about joining the Chaiway Riders, then breakfast at Jasper’s is the best way to meet us and become a member. We do a lot more than just ride.
1913 N. Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025
The National Mustard Museum ride has been a Chaiway Riders staple for many years. When located in Mount Horeb, it was a pretty long trip for one day, but the museum’s relocation to Middleton, a suburb of Madison, made it a lot more accessible. The trip up to Middleton is by local and scenic roads, while the return is usually by Interstate.
Also, there’s the Hubbard Avenue Diner just down the street that provides Chaiway Rider nourishment for the ride home.
The Curator of the Museum shows some of his stuff. A mustard to collect for each state you have visited. Wear them on your shirt, or on your vest as proud as any patch.
So, the next time you see this vehicle on the road, think of the mustard colored Gold Wing leading a group of Chaiway Riders to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton. Enjoy the scenic trip up, the good food (and pie) at Hubbard Avenue Diner, and save some room in the saddlebags for some gourmet mustards that cannot be found on most grocery shelves.
This is just one of many Sunday rides by the Chaiway Riders and a reason to be a member. When you get to Middleton, WI, stop by the museum and tell them that the Chaiway Riders sent you, or visit their website.