As Shabbat came to a close on Jan. 19, the parking lot at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island was lined with limousines. Fifteen stretch limos, and their chauffeurs, carried 135 teens from most of the area’s Jewish youth groups — NCSY, NFTY, BBYO, USY at Herzl-Ner Tamid — split up into groups for a scavenger hunt around the Seattle area that took them to such places as the original Bikur Cholim synagogue, now known as the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Safeco Field, and the Pike Place Market. The kids were dropped off at Island Crust Café to finish the evening with pizza and snacks. Funding for the multi-group event came in part from a grant by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
After an entertaining video with the scavenger hunt’s rules and regulations, the kids rush out to find their limos.
Members of Team 3 get themselves situated in the limo as they get ready to head out for the evening.
Team 15 — the winners of the hunt — at one of their stops. Photo by Ari Hoffman.