PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A group calling itself “The Rolling Rabbis” pedaled into Philadelphia today as part of a cross-country trip to raise money for children with special needs.

They’re on a mission called “Bike 4 Friendship,” the nation’s first-ever coast-to-coast rabbinical bike ride.

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Zalman Perlman, Daniel Saul, and Shmuel Rothstein (left to right in photo) today came rolling into Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, at 16th and Race Streets, raising funds for the International Friendship Circle, a global organization that pairs teen volunteers with children with special needs for home visits, outings, and other bonding opportunities.

The rabbis will be cycling 100 to 120 miles each day for seven weeks, according to Rabbi Rothstein.

“This past year year, Zalmie asked me if I was interested in going cross country,” he told KYW Newsradio.  “I said, ‘Wow, it sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’ ”

They began at New York City Hall, and have mapped out a route to finish near Los Angeles, about ten miles from Rabbi Perlman’s home.

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“One person can change the world — it’s definitely possible,” says Perlman.

These holy rollers are asking the public to symbolically ride along by sponsoring miles with donations.

For information on how to donate, go to

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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