A whimsical evening turned a nice profit for Tampa synagogue Mekor Shalom.
Mekor Shalom, the Conservative congregation located in the heart of Carrollwood, held the “Chelm Auction & Local Art Event” at the synagogue.
Chelm is a fictional city in Eastern Europe which is a big part of Jewish folklore. It’s known as the city of fools, similar to “Gotham City” in English folklore.
For this event, everyone brought a wrapped new or pre-owned/unused item and provided only three clues, creating raucous and festive blind live-bidding.
At the auction, one piece of donated art created a bidding war. And it went for $162.
A Joe Maddon bobblehead pulled in a cool $20.
“This was an evening of great fun,” says Chris Shulman, Mekor Shalom synagogue president. “We shared a lot of laughs and raised some money for the Shul.”
The auction, plus additional cash donations, brought in a combined $1774.
Founded in 2013, Mekor Shalom, the only Tampa synagogue with a Voluntary Financial Commitment, is Tampa’s newest Conservative congregation. It is located at 14005-A N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
The Chelm auction also featured a colorful holiday art sales event, featuring special and custom hand-crafted art, quilts, festive jewelry and Judaica gift items produced by talented local artists. The artists, Gayle of CreatingGayle LLC and Ruth of RuBeads, Inc., made significant donations to the synagogue as a result of their respective sales.
SOURCE: Mekor Shalom
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