When folks learn about Jewish bikers, the usual response is "Oy Vey". The first question is if our mothers knew that we rode motorcycles. We have been referred to as Kosher Hogs and Biker Boychiks.
We are a Motorcycle organization based in the Delaware Valley. The members of our organization share the passion of motorcycles and the love of the Jewish people. We are not promoting ourselves as a religious organization. It does not matter if you are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or just not practicing. The only preaching that you may hear is safety on two wheels. We love to ride and we ride responsibly.
This organization was formed in order to provide Jewish motorcyclists the ability to come together and enjoy their love of motorcycles while spending time with people of similar interests.
It matters not if you ride a Harley or a Honda, a cruiser or a sport bike. It makes no difference if you are single or married, if you ride alone or with a passenger. If you love to ride and you have respect for Jewish people, Star of David Bikers is open to you.
Our club is open to members from all over the Delaware Valley including Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester counties, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.
We are individuals of varied ages, backgrounds, and ideals. The religious observance or political views do not matter, though they do make for interesting conversations around the breakfast or lunch table. Our members are of broad range of professions including blue and white collar. We have a Rabbi and a Cantor that ride with us.
As your aunt Golda said, "Eat something, you'll feel better." Being a Jewish organization, we usually plan our rides around food. We'll usually start out with breakfast and ride to the lunch location. As typical Jews, we are not done eating when we start debating where we are going to eat next. Unlike other organizations of this nature, we will never drink and ride.
We are more than just riding. We are a non-profit organization where all the proceeds go to charitable causes and charitable organizations that we select. Tzedaka (charity) is part of our culture. This organization is for our members and not to profit any individual.
This organization is for our members and not to profit any individual.
We are people that have a passion for life, the road, and our people. With that in common, we are building friendships that will last long into the future.
It all started in 1998 when a couple of Philadelphia area motorcycle enthusiasts who happen to be Jewish found that while they preferred to ride with a group, felt out of place with the typical biker club. They knew that they had to create an environment where they could enjoy the ride and at the same time enjoy the company of fellow riders. They looked around at different organizations, talked to many people, and went on many rides. They did not find anything that they could get excited about.
A few years later the word came to them that there is a Jewish motorcycle group being formed in Florida. This was something that created intrigue. As they learned more, they found out that not only this was the case, but the group even had an official Rabbi. This group was planning to ride from Florida to Washington, DC. The Philadelphia guys had to see what this is all about. So in May of 2005, they took their motorcycles, their passengers (wives), and their gear and rode out for a long weekend at the Capital to meet up with other Jewish bikers.
What they saw was amazing. Not only was the Florida group there, but there were bikers from around the nation and the globe, including Canada and Australia. This ride became known as the first annual Ride to Remember in the memory of the Holocaust that is organized by the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance, an umbrella organization of Jewish Motorcycle clubs around the globe.
The Philadelphia guys knew right there and then that they had to be a part of this.
Initially they joined the Florida group as a Philadelphia chapter. In May 2007, the members of this chapter voted unanimously to have control of their own destiny and become independent. The Star of David Bikers were reborn.
Star of David Bikers was one of the first organized Jewish motorcycle groups in the United States of America. Over the years its membership base went to join other Jewish organizations and the club went dormant. We wanted to have a club that is both symbolic of Judaism as well as Philadelphia.
It is very fitting that the first Jewish motorcycle group that is no longer reemerges in the first Capital of the United States that is no longer.
We are part of a bigger family.
As a 20th member of the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance, our club is part of more than 4,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from 42 different Jewish clubs across the globe, including United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa. England and Israel.
The mission of the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance (JMA) is to create a global environment whereby members of the Jewish faith who ride motorcycles can congregate to share and exchange ideas and opinions about matters of concern to the Jewish community at large as well as issues specifically concerning motorcycles and motorcycle riding.
The Ride to Remember (R2R) is the annual event where all the member clubs get together in the memory of the Holocaust. In 2005, we went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. In 2006, we rode to Whitwell, TN where the Paperclip project was done. In 2007, we rode in the Salute to Israel Parade in New York City, and in 2008 we went half way across the country to Omaha, NE.