Synagogues often hold interesting collections of member records, memorial plaques, weekly newsletters and commemorative journals - all can be useful research tools for Jewish genealogists searching for details about relatives.
Here's an item that could make future generations of a family happy. The Associated Press reports that Conservative congregation Temple Emanu-El in the trendy South Beach area of Miami Beach, Florida, has placed two seats on eBay. Bidding on the lifetime front-row seats starts at $1.8 million; the winner's family name will be engraved on Seats 1 and 2, Row 1, Section DD.
The package includes free parking, two custom-made prayer shawls and kipot and a nice tax write-off. The winner can pass the seats down to his or her children.
Said Rabbi Kliel Rose - in a confirmation of Jewish genealogy - "It's a gift that goes from one generation to another."
Founded in the 1940s, the 1,400-seat congregation once had thousands of members but, when Rose arrived a few years ago, there were only 200 families.
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