2018 Rider Profile: Meryl Crean

Meet Rabbi Meryl Crean, fourteenth in the 2018 series of rider profiles.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.

Rabbi Meryl Crean with a Torah that survived the Holocaust, and that she helped get restored.

I started riding a hand-me-down bike with no seat, no brakes and only stubs for pedals when I was four years old. I was hooked. For my sixth birthday, I got my first bike . My feet couldn’t reach the pedals from the seat. “You’ll grow into it,” they said. I never had a seat before anyway, so I didn’t miss it. Forget the driver’s license, all I wanted for my 16th birthday was a 10-speed. Equipped with my new Peugeot, I went on my first bike trip with American Youth Hostels that summer- 400 miles through the Green Mountains. I feel most free and most grounded in my body when I am riding.

A few years ago, I began to combine my love of riding with my activism. I joined Hazon for three days of its six week journey from Seattle, WA to Washington, D.C. to bring attention to and lobby for sustainable agriculture.

As a faith leader, I read with considerable attention, Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si. His clarion call to the world is: Climate change is everyone’s problem and it is also a matter of social and economic justice. It is untenable, as a moral being, to stand by and do nothing.

When Rabbi Nathan Martin asked me to join the PA-IPL team this year, I jumped at the chance. Creating lifestyles that respect the environment and minimize our carbon footprint are essential to the sustainability of our planet. Legislating for sane energy policy is one way we can move our country and communities in the right direction.

The clock is ticking…Please join us in our effort to pass on this world to our children as a beautiful and sustainable home for all.

[photo source, and more of the story of the surviving Torah. ]
[download Rabbi Daniel Swartz’ text study Laudato Si and the Sages]

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