Hi all you faithful Havurah Vatik members. Although, like many other organizations, we are unable to hold Havurah Vatik meetings, we have quite a few opportunities to participate in groups and meetings and get-togethers online. Congregations are being very creative in their offerings. Even if you were never accustomed to attending services, I recommend you check out the Zoom versions: candlelighting and Havdalah, Minyans, full services, and more.
Temple Sinai, unable to hold the annual spring Gala Dinner, has nevertheless salvaged an important and potentially entertaining feature of that event: the Silent Auction is now to be an Online Silent Auction, at the auction site 32auctions.com. Like window shopping, only much better: not only do you get a close-up look at many desirable items, from art work to jewelry, books to creative crafts, children’s toys and games to household desirables, you actually get to buy these items and have fun with some competitive bidding in the meantime. Shopping and entertainment all rolled up together! Perfect for the pandemic.
To whet your appetite, I have inserted a few pictures here, a small selection of the nearly 100 donated items available in the auction -- creations of and donations by local folks, I am also letting you in, literally, with a link to the auction site. (click here: )From there, click on "view all items" and you can browse to your heart’s content. In order to join in and bid on the items you see, all you need to do is follow prompts to create an account. Should you be fortunate and win the object of your desire, you will be able to pay with PayPal. And as for delivery, the Auction Committee is taking charge. We will connect the buyers (you, hopefully) and the donors (quite a few are Havurah Vatik members or family) – not in person, but by collecting the donated prizes and delivering them to the doorstep of their new owners.
The Auction opens at 9 am on Sunday, May 10 and concludes at 3 pm on Friday, May 15.
When I learn of other doings of interest to the wide Jewish Community, I will use Havurah Vatik to let you know about them. Please alert me by phone, text, email, if you know of virtual events or gatherings we can help publicize. And certainly, if you have questions about the Auction. I am co-chair (with Ellie deVries) of the event.
Here’s to safe saleing,
Caroline Seligman, Havurah Vatik Co-chair
518-587-8097, 518-937-6751; firstname.lastname@example.org