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Sat, June 27 at 9:00 PM PST

24 Hours in the Tropics

Congregation Beth Shalom's Spring Fundraising Event



Welcome to 24 Hours in the Tropics benefitting Congregation Beth Shalom.  We are excited to offer two options for your purchases:   EVENT experiences are available for signup and AUCTION items are up for bid.  These are listed in two separate sections labeled EVENTS and AUCTION.  You can toggle between the two by using the boxes on the page or by using your browser's back button.


To start participating, register your phone number and credit card.  Your phone number will act as your login.  The EVENT items are a fixed cost.  When the EVENT is full, it will be closed for further signup. The AUCTION items are open for bidding the full 24 hours.  If you are outbid, you will receive a text from our sponsor, BetterUnite, asking if you would like to increase your bid.  If you have questions about an item, you can text or phone Katie Braverman at 916.606.1876.  She can describe the items in detail to help you decide about your bid.  If you have technical questions about the site or credit card use, you can text or call Bob Bennett at 916.812.7902.


The AUCTION will close promptly on Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 pm.  You will receive a text listing the items that you successfully bought and the amount of your charge.  All sales are final and there are no refunds.  Kindly consider donating the credit card fee by adding it to your cost.  BetterUnite provides this auction website to nonprofit organizations for free and covers their expenses through the credit card fee and any donation you make at checkout. You will be contacted by a member of the Beth Shalom auction committee to arrange for "contactless" delivery.  Thanks for supporting Congregation Beth Shalom and we hope you enjoy your AUCTION and EVENT purchases.






Bob Bennett and Holly Ilfeld

Joel Birch and Jessica Braverman Birch

Phil and Alison Braverman

Deon and Elizabeth Stein



Eugene Bagoon and Kathy Vaughn 

Will and Lara Brandon (Learning ARTS, Inc.)

Rick Frey and Margaret Kane

Ben Ilfeld and Amy GenKuong

Katie Braverman



Philip and Shelley Spilberg

John and Phyllis Blum

Joel Elias and Lisa Bertaccini

Wendy Wilson

David and Sheree Meyer

Scott Parrish and Andrea Segal



Bob and Shirley Rosenberg  --  Eddie and Jeanne Appell  --  Debby Nelson  --  Lydia Inghram

Dennis and Mauria Hirning  --  Susan Solarz  --  Nancy and Brad Pollock  --  Barbara Beeman and Joseph Domagalski





Event Offers

$50 Sushi n' Sake with the Steins

Come hungry and learn about the art of sushi, enjoy friendships and have a glass of sake at the home of Deon & Liz Stein.   The date is to  be determined with the participants, assuring a safe gathering.

$25 Easy Bicycle Ride & Picnic


Join Bob Bennett on Sunday morning, July 19th, for an easy bicycle ride on the mostly flat American River Trail.  Our 4-hour ride will depart from William Pond Park and we will stop at the halfway point for a picnic lunch.  Bring your own bicycle, water, protective mask and hand sanitizer.   We will follow all the rules of the parkway trail and observe safety precautions necssitated by the Covid-19 regulations.  In the event of trail closure or quarantine issues, the ride will be rescheduled.  The ride is limited to 8 participants.

$20 Share a Virtual Drink

Buy a virtual beverage for a friend and text or phone them right now to let them know you are on the auction website and make sure they are joining in the fun.  A virtual drink has no calories and the entire cost goes to benefit CBS.  You can always have a second virtual drink...or your own at home while you peruse the auction items.  Thanks for your support.

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$25 Moderate Bicycle Ride to Beal's Point

Join Bob Bennett on Wednesday morning, July 22nd, for a moderately strenuous bicycle ride from William Pond Park to Beal's Point on Folsom Lake.  We will have a picnic at the lake and enjoy some relaxing time after the hill climb up to Beal's Point, before reveling in the fun return ride downhill.  Bring plenty of water, a mask and sanitizer.  In the event of quarantine or Covid-19 issues, we will reschedule the ride for a later date.  The ride is limited to 8 cyclists.

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$36 Fund A Cause Donation

If you don't see an item you would like to purchase, please consider a double-Chai donation of $36 to support our synagogue programs.  Our staff and Board have been working diligently to provide online virtual programs during the Covid-19 shut down.  Be sure to stay connected via our website:

$25 Grapevines to Plant at Home

Deon Stein has been working with grapevines for a number of years and has planted the vines on the south side of the synagogue (did you know we had grapes?)  He will provide you with two grape vines ready for planting and advise you on where to plant them in your yard and how to care for them.  This is a unique opportunity to start your own vines and enjoy watching them grow.

$50 Indian Food Dinner with the Nalangan's

Lori and Ray Nalangan will host a delicious, homecooked, Indian Food dinner, either at their home when it is safe to have a small dinner party of 6, or delivered to your door if it is not feasible to gather in person.  They enjoy cooking and look forward to sharing their skills.

$72 Fund A Cause Donation

You can help fund our newly instituted Neshama Education Program for our chlldren.  Our education program nourishes the heart and soul of Jewish learning for Toddler & pre-K through 12th grade.  Ester Varano is the Chair of Education for our Board and was recently named Congregant of the Year for her work in setting up our program. Your gift is an investment in the future of our synagogue.

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$36 British Tea Party in the Garden 

Enjoy a traditional "high tea" including scones, finger sandwiches and sweets.  The date will be arranged within the guidelines for small gatherings in a home.  Jessica Birch is your hostess and is very knowledgable about the art of tea and will share interesting facts about British "high tea" with her guests.  

$50 Thai Food Dinner

Ray and Lori Nalangan would like to host you to a Thai dinner in their home and help you appreciate the intricacies of Thai cooking.  It will be an evening of great food and enriching conversation.  The date will be arranged with participants to allow for following Covid-19 in-home gathering guidelines.  In the event that people cannot safely gather in their home, the dinners will be delivered to your home.

$50 Cap Stage Tickets

Margaret Kane and Rick Frey are arranging for 10 people to enjoy getting back into live theater next Spring as Cap Stage opens up.  The play and date will be arranged by Margaret when the Cap Stage programs are available.  We will meet before the play at a local restaurant for dinner hosted by Margaret Kane and Rick Frey and Holly Ilfeld and Bob  Bennett.  In the unlikely event that Cap Stage has to cancel their 2021 season, there will not be a refund of this donation.

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$25 Mindful Meditation with Diane Weber

Are you looking for ways to better manage your stress, anxiety and/or depression more effectively?  Do you want to have a fun time learning new skills, or honing some you already have?  I would like to invite you to experience a relaxing, mindful meditation with me.  We will take one hour using guided imagery to release tension, calm the central nervous system and regain equanimity.  As we begin to learn about diaphragmatic breathing, we will sit in a circle using physical distancing at the onset.  We will then practice this breathing technique, and then get settled into our seats for the guided imagery.  Once we complete the imagery, we will discuss ways to continue our journey into health and well being.  This will be an in-person event unless otherwise notified.  The date will be determined with participants.


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$18 Dessert & Havdalah Outdoors with Rabbi

Join with Rabbi Nancy for a special havdallah service in a local park where participants can socially distance and still enjoy the moment of being together for this traditional conclusion to Shabbat.  Dessert treats will be provided.



Congregation Beth Shalom Robert Bennett Carmichael, CA 916-485-4478
Non-Profit Organization Donations Tax Deductible
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