Chabad-Lubavitch has its very own biker gang. “In Chabad you have to go with what’s popular and try and use any way possible—that’s allowed by Jewish law—to bring people closer to Judaism." Chapters of the Rebbe's Riders are set up through Chabad Houses.
Who Needs Hell’s Angels When You’ve Got the Rebbe’s Riders?
By Gillian Mohney • The Brooklyn Ink
A few days before Passover last April, a stream of RVs decorated with Hebrew letters rolled down Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. The caravan of 61 vehicles was not a trailer park gone rogue, but an annual parade of the so-called Mitzvah Tanks that the Chabad-Lubavitch movement uses to encourage Jews toward religious observance. This year, though, the tanks were flanked by the the newest and perhaps unlikeliest members of Chabad outreach, a group of Hasidic and Orthodox motorcyclists called Rebbe’s Riders.
Using a blend of horsepower and religious traditions, the members of Rebbe’s Riders are repurposing the biker gang for the fervently Orthodox set. While motorcycles may appear to be an odd choice for religious outreach, founder Jonah Halper was inspired by the followers of Chabad-Lubavitch. The 30-year-old Halper started Rebbe’s Riders with the hope of persuading unobservant Jews to “get closer to Judaism and closer to practice.”…
[Hat Tip: Dr. R-F.]