Monday, 10 September 2007

Synagogue seats for auction

Two lifetime front-row seats to services at a Miami Beach synagogue are being auctioned off on eBay with bids starting at $1.8 million.

The winning family’s name will be engraved on Seats 1 and 2 of Row 1, Section DD, at Temple Emanu-El, The Associated Press reported. The winner also will receive free parking, two custom-made tallitot and yarmulkes, as well a tax write-off. The seats can be passed down to family members.

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

The auction ends today, three days before the High Holy Days, but as of Saturday evening no one had bid.

Temple Emanu-El, a 1,400-seat Conservative congregation, was founded in the 1940s on South Beach.

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