Seats for Life

Hurry and bid on two lifetime memberships at Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach before Rosh Hashonah. They start at $1.8 million on ebay.

From the auction description:

Temple Emanu-El “Membership for Life” begins September 2007 and includes: • Two comfortable seats in Section DD, Row 1, Seats 1 & 2 (Right in front of the Rabbi!) • Includes all Jewish holidays… Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, etc. • Includes all Shabbat services • Family name engraved on seats • Seats transferable within family (some restrictions apply) • Two custom-made Israeli tallitot and kippot • Free parking • Temple Emanu-El located in the heart of Miami Beach, Florida (walking distance to beach, Lincoln Road, etc.) For more information on Temple Emanu-El, please visit

From the AP story about the auction:

“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 morning, but as of Saturday evening, 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.”

Jeffrey L Cohen

Jeffrey L Cohen