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About the Auction

  • Auction Bidding Opens: Friday, April 23, at 12:00 p.m.
  • Auction Bidding Closes: Saturday, May 1, at 9:00 p.m.

While you’re Cruisin’ Down the Chai-way in the virtual gala, remember to Stop and Shop at our Online Auction.

Have fun browsing, bidding and buying!

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We've worked hard to build an auction full of unique and engaging items, designed to meet every inclination and budget. Below is a preview of just a few of our fabulous items. Bid high, bid often, bid now! 



ITEM 200: Cabin in the Woods
Spend three nights at this beautiful cabin in the woods near Calaveras Big Trees, Bear Valley and Murphy's. This two-story, three-bedroom, two bath home sleeps 9. A perfect place for several families to stay comfortably and take advantage of all of the great activities nearby!
Value: $1,200

ITEM 201: On the Road Again
We know you're ready to hit the "Chai-way" and enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy a two-night getaway in a 25' Mercedes RV. This luxurious vehicle has all the bells and whistles to help you relax as you enjoy your adventure. Sleeps 2 in a king bed. Value: $1,000


ITEM 204: Napa Valley Winery Tours and Tasting. Visit unique wineries, Jarvis Estates, Palmaz Vineyards and Clif Family Winery. Good for 4 adults. Value $1,000.



Events and Adventures Shir Hadash Style

ITEM 300: Bocce, Beverages & Bruschetta
Come and play Bocce on The Courts at Rinconada Hills. Your hosts, Gretchen and Bruce, will provide craft beers, local wines, and a hearty sampler of bruschetta, crudites, and appetizers. This very social and fun event will take place from 3 - 6 PM, September 19th. For up to 10 lucky lawn bowlers. Value: $72 per person

ITEM 301: Cheese Extravaganza
Nazgol Ashouri, former gift basket entrepreneur and cheese aficianado, will put together six (6) cheese and platters, overflowing with international and domestic cheeses, for your next celebration with friends. All you need to do is invite 6 couples, schedule your own zoom event, and have fun tasting cheese, glorious cheese! Value: $600


Shabbat Shalom

ITEM 400: Havdalah with Rabbi Riter
Did you know Rabbi Riter plays guitar? Gather with Rabbi Riter outdoors at Shir Hadash, in this special camp-style service and celebration of Havdalah. Sing songs, snack on wine, cheese, chips & salsa and welcome the peace of the coming week with your Shir Hadash friends. For 18 guests. Value: $36 per person


ITEM 401: Kabbalat Shabbat on Zoom with Cantor Felder-Levy
Join the Cantor for a special musical Kabbalat Shabbat service on Zoom. For 18 guests.
Value: $36 per person

ITEM 402: Improv Night with Rabbi PJ
Spend the evening laughing and playing some of your favorite improv games with Rabbi PJ, a la 'Whose Line Is It Anyway!" This event is open for guests 18 years or older. Available for 18 lucky adult comedians. Date and time: Saturday, June 12 at 8pm. Value: $36 per person

ITEM 404: Hamsa Watercolor   SOLD!
Beautiful framed watercolor, in myriad shades of blue, Home Blessing Hamsa, painted by our very own artist, Kristin Johnson. Value: $140

Wine and Spirits

ITEM 500: Collection of Reds
Mixed case of Reds from France. An amazing collection of Burgundy (Pinot Noir), including 6 bottles, 750ml. This is a mixed case of Villages and 1er Cru wines, a curated selection to explore Pinot Noir from the best region in the world. Value: $400

ITEM 502: Bourbon Tasters - Take Note   SOLD!
This Rock Hill Farms, Single Barrel Bourbon, is so desirable, you can rarely find it on the shelves of any retailer. Named for the rich farmland along the Kentucky River, Rock Hill Farms is part of Buffalo Trace's Bourbon Mashbill #2 family. Value: $100

ITEM 505: Venus Spirits E-gift card from Venus Spirits
Located in Santa Cruz and founded by Sean Venus, Venus Spirits is currently producing small-batch whiskey, gin, aquavit, rum and agave spirits. Value: $75

Hidden Talents

ITEM 700: Gyoza Making Class
Kristin Johnson’s gyoza are famous! Learn how to make these so you can enjoy them every time you have a craving. Kristin will lead a class on zoom, for 12 people, demonstrating how to make these delicious homemade organic chicken gyoza. Value: Priceless

ITEM 702: Breathtaking Landscapes
Choose one of four spectacular photographs, taken by Joel Gringorten, of some of the most beautiful spots on the planet to decorate your home. Whether it's the desert in Sedona or the Mountains in Patagonia, these will make you yearn for the great outdoors. Printed on metal. Value: $400

ITEM 703: Comfort Food Dinner
A home cooked meal that you didn’t have to cook. SHANDA WITKIN will cook a full family meal specially for you. What’s your comfort food? Choose from specialties like Moroccan chicken tagine, traditional roast chicken dinner, chili and cornbread, fresh soup and bread and many more! For up to 6 people. Value: Priceless

ITEM 704: Special Cake Decorated Just For You!
How about a cake for your next special occasion that is not only delicious but gorgeous to look at? BECKY JEDEL will bake the perfect cake for you and decorate it for your celebration. You select the celebration and leave the baking to BECKY. Serves 10-12. Value: Priceless

ITEM 706: Original Oil On Canvas
Inspired by a photograph in a magazine, JACOB MORADZADEH created this exquisite painting, titled A Persian Woman. And, now this beautiful painting can be yours! This piece is a framed, 20 x 30, original oil on canvas. Value: $600

One of a Kind

ITEM 100: Name a Character in a Mystery Novel
Armchair sleuths and would be writers - put on your creativity cap and name a character in an upcoming novel by author, and temple member, Marc Jedel. Value: Priceless

Shir Hadash Shops

ITEM 600: Truffle Shuffle
Gift card to Truffle Shuffle SF, as seen on the April 16th episode of Shark Tank, plus a delectable basket of goodies! Join the chefs at Truffle Shuffle for a virtual cooking experience working with your favorite truffle recipes. Value: $385

ITEM 601: Siena Bistro   SOLD!
Gift certificate to Siena Bistro. This charming bistro in downtown Willow Glen is a neighborhood favorite, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. Their lovely, shaded backyard patio is perfect for dining al fresco on a summer evening. Value: $100

ITEM 606: Sidecar Los Gatos Tavern and Bistro   SOLD!
Gift Card to Sidecar, small neighborhood tavern in the heart of Los Gatos. Sidecar modernizes the age-old concept of a tavern as a local gathering place where visitors receive a warm welcome through its décor, innovative cocktails, and overall vibe. Value: $50

ITEM 697: Luna Mexican Kitchen   SOLD!
Gift card to Luna's Mexican Kitchen. At Luna Mexican Kitchen, we’re proud to use ingredients that have been nurtured slowly, with care, all the way from the farms to our kitchen. We cook with intention and put heart into every dish. Value: $50

ITEM 608: China Stix
Gift card to China Stix. Craving Dim Sum? Take a little trip to China Stix, everybody's favorite locale in Santa Clara. Using only authentic ingredients, you'll find delicious Mandarin, Szechuan and Taiwanese under one roof. Value: $100

ITEM 616: Feed a Teen - Summer is Coming.  Thrill your teen with this package of gift cards to Bamboo Sushi, Super Duper Burgers, Ike's Love Sandwiches and Teaspoon. Value $95.



For more information contact:

Auction Chair, Kim Chortek:

Sat, October 23 2021 17 Cheshvan 5782