We were five Jews on a mission. Our task: to use clues related to Israeli history and culture to find our way to Zionist sites in downtown Boston.

Among the members of team Funf Juden (German for Five Jews; don’t ask) were Israelis, Hebrew speakers, residents of Boston and a future marathoner. We were ready.

We were one of 16 five-member teams competing in the second annual Amazing Israel Race, organized by the Israel Campus Roundtable. The race began and ended at the Boston Public Library. The winner would be the first team to complete a circuit of five downtown sites with a Jewish and/or Israeli connection. At each site, race volunteers gave the teams tasks to complete in order to receive  clues to the next stop. The clues tested our knowledge of Israel and the geography of Boston.

We could walk, run or take the T, but cabs and cars were forbidden. We could use any informational resources, including using our phones to check the Web or call friends. To read the rest of the story, visit www.TheJewishAdvocate.com.

created at: 2010-04-23