Frontier Former Editor

September 9, 2007

At least it’s more tangible than a 700 Club promise of salvation and prayer priority . . .

Filed under: GoodjehovahHAH!, Judaism, marketing, religion, synagogue — Frontier Former Editor @ 6:39 pm

Of course no one bid on Saturday – it’s the Sabbath.

Considering the various Baptist quilt raffles, Presbyterian rummage sales, Catholic functions and Pentecostal gospel sings I’ve seen, this offer had me at ‘free parking.’

 Although a Baptist picnic is hard to beat for the fried chicken and banana pudding . . . . 

Synagogue seats go for $1.8M at auction

By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press Writer

Sat Sep 8, 4:00 PM ET

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Just in time for the Jewish high holidays, two lifetime front-row seats to services at a synagogue here are being auctioned off on eBay. The bidding starts at $1.8 million.

Besides getting to schmooze up front with the rabbi, the lucky winner’s family name will be engraved on Seats 1 and 2 of Row 1, Section DD, at Temple Emanu-El. The winner also will receive free parking, two custom-made prayer shawls and yarmulkes, and a hefty tax write-off. Plus, the winning bidder can pass the seats down to his or her children.

“It’s a gift that goes from one generation to another,” said Rabbi Kliel Rose, who came up with the concept with a little bit of chutzpah and the help of two congregants who work in advertising and marketing.

The auction ends Monday evening, but as of Saturday afternoon, no one had made a wager. Rose said he wasn’t surprised. He said the auction was more about gaining the attention of Jews who are disconnected from their faith.

“It has very little to do with the money,” Rose said. “Hypothetically, if the money comes, it would be great, but the idea was really just to be edgy.”

Temple Emanu-El is a 1,400-seat conservative congregation that was founded in the 1940s on South Beach. It had thousands of members in its heyday, but the temple shrunk to a little more than 200 families by the time Rose arrived two years ago.

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