“Tour De Mensch” bike event recognizes Jewish Service members

by | Dec 21, 2012 | Other News

Beth El members Craig and Joanna Schranz wanted to create an event that got people outside to raise awareness for a good cause. And so, with Congregation Beth El Men’s Club and the Mitzvah in Motion group, Tour De Mensch was born.

Held on Nov. 4 to recognize the long history of Jewish service in the military, riders biked over a 15-mile course from Beth El to Ocean View and back. Riders came from several area synagogues and many rode in honor of a close friend or family veteran.

“Growing up in New York, it always irritated me when people asked what a nice Jewish boy was doing in the military,” says Craig Schranz, a physician at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. “Jews have a long history of honorable military service, and this was hopefully the start of an annual event to bring our community together and help recognize this.”

Despite some early rain and the brisk chill in the air, riders enjoyed themselves as they rode along Granby Street.

“It was great to meet some new faces and get out and exercise a little,” says Joanna Schranz, chair of Beth El’s Mitzvah in Motion group that helps promote fitness events for good causes. Those interested in learning more about Mitzvah in Motion or participating in rides may contact her at Joanna_schranz@yahoo.com.