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Benjamin and Jonathan Loeb discover a geo-cache along the Delaware River in New Jersey.

Judeo-Cache: The Game

A new springtime activity

Spring is officially here. As we slowly emerge from our long winter, many of our activities move from the comfort of our warm homes to the fresh outdoors. My family loves to play games together. In the winter, we sit around the living room playing board games. Now that the warm weather is here, it's time for Geocache!

In a nutshell, Geocache is a high tech treasure hunt. Participants follow clues and geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) using a Global Positioning System (GPS) to find their way to a hidden cache or treasure. The fun of geocaching is not only in retrieving the treasure but also in getting there. The hunt might involve solving a mystery or climbing a mountain to get to the treasure. 

People have been geocaching since May 3, 2000. On May 1, 2000, the Clinton Administration removed the intentional GPS signal degradation called "Select Availability (SA)" opening up high quality inexpensive GPS signals to civilian applications including this game. Two days later, the first cache was hidden near Portland, Oregon. The cache was discovered three days after that. Since then, the game has kept growing and growing. The official website lists about 200,000 active caches placed in 217 countries.

A few simple rules govern geocaching: 

  • You can take something from the cache to keep as a little souvenir as long as you replace it with another "treasure". 
  • Be sure to share your thoughts on the log book that accompanies the cache. (People who discover the cache will be listed on this webpage!)
  • Geocachers are respectful of the environment in which they play. According to the principles of Tikun Olam, we suggest you bring a trash bag with you on your hunt, and use the opportunity to pick up littering that you may find.

There are many variants to geocaching --- from the offset cache (coordinate take you to a location where something is hidden) to multi-cache (one cache site gives you clues to the next cache site, much like a treasure hunt) to virtual cache (in which the cache is not a physical treasure but rather an important building or monument).

Our cache has a Jewish theme. The clues will lead you to Jewish locations in the Main Line near Philadelphia. The distances can be covered easily by bike or by car. You will need a hand-held GPS receiver. They can be purchased for about $100 at many electronics stores or contact me helensloeb@gmail.com and borrow hers for the day. (Donations to the Philadelphia Jewish Voice greatly appreciated.)
This is a two-parts cache.

Part One

Find the Jewish buildings at the three GPS coordinates below and copy the year of construction, dedication or renovation inscribed on the building or sign. (All latitude and longitude coordinates are given here in degrees, minutes and thousandths of a minute.)

  1. Latitude North 40 00.068'
    Longitude West 75 14.338' . 
    Year of construction: 5 _ _ _ = 5ABC

  2. Latitude North 40 00.039' 
    Longitude West 75 14.406' 
    Year of construction: 5 _ _ _ = 5DEF, 19 _ _ = 19GH

  3. Latitude North 40 00.100'
    Longitude West 75 14.406' . 
    Year of construction: 19 _ _ = 19KL

All these buildings are close to each other, so you can either walk or bike from one to the next one.

Please be respectful to the people using these Jewish buildings and do not take notes, or use your GPS or other electronic devices on their property during the Sabbath or Jewish holidays.

Part Two

Part I  will give you ten numbers that you will need to feed into the magic formula below. Call the 9 numbers A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, K, L. Just replace the letters below by the corresponding digit from the clues above and you will get the location of the cache:.

  • Judeocache latitude: North 3F GF.KEF' 
  • Judeocache longitude: West AG 1L.3EF'

The Judeocache is hidden some 2 miles away from the locations in step 1. The cache should be fairly easy to find. Additional clues can be found on the Judeocache page of the Geocaching website.

When you find the cache, leave a note with your comments. Feel free to take an object from the cache. Our cache has a Jewish theme, so if possible please replace it with another object related to that theme. Happy Caching.

Remember to sign in and send us feedback to tell us you found the cache. We will announce those who discover the cache on this webpage!

You can also post your comments on the Judeocache page of the Geocaching website.

Honor Roll

The Judeocache was hidden Sunday, March 26, 2006.

Discovered by:

  1. Thursday, March 30, 2006. Docdesi and CrazyAaronBobblehead. Congratulations!
  2. Sunday, April 2, 2006. Chsmathwisch
  3. Monday, April 3, 2006, ODragon and MajorT
  4. Friday, April 28, 2006, stevebu37
  5. Wednesday, May 3, 2006, CrazyAaron
  6. Wednesday, August 2, 2006, lancei
  7. Monday, January 29, 2007, FreilingNJ


Dr. Helen S. Loeb