Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tour de Shuls a race?  No, Tour de Shuls is a community-wide event to raise funds for

the Tikvah program at Camp Ramah and the Chazak program at Camp Eisner.

Come ride, run or walk with family and friends along some of Greater Hartford’s most scenic

roads.  It’s a great day-- and a great event--in which campers and participants alike are all



Am I required to wear a helmet during the ride? Yes, all riders must wear a helmet and

obey all rules of the road while cycling.  Riders should also carry their cell phones - just in



Can children participate in the Tour?  The Tour is open to riders, runners or walkers of all

ages. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age

of 18 must have their parent’s consent to participate.


Will the Tour take place if it rains?  Yes, the Tour will take place rain or shine.


What time do I have to be at the Emanuel?  Each route begins at a different time.   Please

refer to the At a Glance page; generally participants are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes

prior to the start of their ride.


Will bike mechanics be available during the ride?  Yes, our sponsor, Newington Bike

Shop, will provide mechanical assistance to cyclists en route as well as at the start/finish line.

Will there be rest stops with food, water and restrooms?  Yes!  Every route has at least one

rest stops along the way.  The rest stops are manned by friendly volunteers who’ll have has

snacks, drinks and nearby bathroom facilities available for riders.


How much does it cost to participate in the Tour?  The registration fee for adults is $54 per rider. The registration fee for teens ages 13-18 is $36 and children under 13 is $18. Registration fees are capped at $125/family. Participants are encouraged to help raise funds for the Tikvah and Chazak programs.  The registration fee will be waived any participant who raises and collect at least $100 for these programs.


How will the contributions to the Tour be spent? All contributions directly benefit the Tikvah and Chazak programs for campers with special needs.  Every dollar raised will help enable these children to experience all of the joys of a Jewish summer camping experience --swimming, boating, sports and the arts--while bridging the gap between camp tuition's and the actual costs of operating the camps. Contributions are tax deductible. Registration fees and donations are due on or before event day. All checks should be made payable to Tour de Shuls CT.

Can I participate even if I’m not riding? Absolutely.  There are many ways to

be part of the Tour de Shuls community even if you’re not riding yourself.  Be an

event sponsor. Support another rider.  Volunteer.  Or just make a donation. 


What does it mean to be a Virtual participant?   Virtual riders have all of the responsibilities

and benefits of participating in the Tour without any of the muscle aches.  That’s because

there’s no riding or walking involved, just straight fundraising, but it’s more fun than simply

making a donation.  Get your family and friends and involved and ask them to sponsor your



Who should I contact if I have any questions?  If you have any questions about this Tour, or if you’d like to be a sponsor or volunteer for the event, please, please contact Jeff Singer at or Eric Schneider at


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