Congregation plans annual wine tasting, auction

2014-03-27T00:00:00Z Congregation plans annual wine tasting, auctionSubmitted by Ellis Friedman Gala Committee Member Arizona Daily Star

Congregation Bet Shalom will hold its 11th annual Wine Tasting and Auction Gala Event, “A Fantasy Garden,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the synagogue, 3881 E. River Road.

The event will feature free tastings of at least eight kosher-for-Passover wines from around the world.

Sarah Frieden, a gala committee member and synagogue past president, explained that there are now many international-award-winning kosher wines from America, Israel, and at least a dozen other countries.

Those attending can make a donation to Bet Shalom, then receive the wines being featured.

“They can be served during Passover seders, but these reds and whites are perfect for dinners throughout the year,” Frieden said.

Wineries that are represented include Ben Ami, Yogev, Bartenura and Hagafen and selections will be available at prices from $10 to $40.

“Our silent and live auctions this year will offer a range of very different and exciting items including a number of gorgeous fine jewelry pieces, as well as gift certificates, a glider ride, and handmade, one-of-a-kind art pieces,” event chairwoman Rosa Cohen said.

“We’re also doing something new this year in the silent auction where congregants are offering services such as two hours of silver polishing.”

In addition to the wine tasting and auctions, there will be gaming tables for blackjack, poker and other games, all staffed by professional croupiers.

Cost is $25 per person, which includes wine tastings, $10 of gaming chips, two non-alcoholic drink ticks and food.

Raffle tickets will be available for $25 or five for $100.

The fundraiser is open to the public. Money raised will be used to support charitable and educational services offered by Congregation Bet Shalom.

For more information go to cbsaz.org online or call the synagogue office at 577-1171.

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