Zachy Hennessey
February 20

On February 8, philanthropist and Israel-Premier Tech cycling team owner Sylvan Adams announced his intention to invest in establishing cycling infrastructure in the Gaza border communities he visited in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Canadian-Israeli billionaire’s tour included the site of the Supernova massacre, as well as two of the southern communities most devastated by Hamas’ shock attack on October 7: Kibbutz Be’eri and Sderot.

Cycling track among billionaire’s Gaza border support plans
Alon Davidi, mayor of Sderot, with philanthropist Sylvan Adams. Photo courtesy of Sylvan Adams

At each stop, he paid respects and spoke with residents who weathered the terrible onslaught.

Amidst the ruins of Be’eri, he pledged to construct a bicycle track in memory of the victims, a gesture of solidarity from his cycling team.

“We will build back bigger, better, stronger and bring life back to this beautiful community. Let’s do it quickly,” he said. “The sooner they come back, the sooner they can resume their lives.”

The initiative to build the bike path in Be’eri is part of a series of initiatives and contributions by Adams since October 7.

In December, Adams announced a $100 million donation to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which lost 82 faculty and students, as part of his vision of strengthening and developing the Negev, promoting education and improving student life.

On January 21, marking 100 days since the hostage crisis began, Adams organized a global solidarity ride to advocate for the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

“These monsters came here with the evil, premeditated intent to torture, rape, mutilate, desecrate, take our people as hostages and destroy as much as they could. But they miscalculated: the terrorists succeeded in uniting us, not just in Israel, but all Jews everywhere,” Adams said.

“We will keep our Jewish values and continue to be a force for good in the world. We’re resilient, we’ve been through terrible tragedies in the past, throughout our history. We’ve always come back stronger, and we will come back stronger, and rebuild this place. We are here to stay.”

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