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We Did It Our Way - Live and Silent Auction Item Preview


To get you in the mood for bidding at our We Did It Our Way auction we've added some auction items that have been donated. We'll keep adding to page, please check back often!

Unless noted otherwise, expiration date is June 11, 2024. 

Since this is a preview of items, they are subject to some changes prior to the auction.


Come back soon - more items to follow!

If you think you might like to donate an item or two, visit our online auction donation form HERE, contact Sally Stich at or Becky Epstein at

Live Auction Items


Cat. #1: Pastrami Party for Ten

Donor(s): Bill Goldberg and Dave Gordon
Value: Who could put a value on the greatest pastrami you may ever eat ?

Bill and Dave have worked for years (perhaps decades) to hone their Pastrami-making skills. It's an art, and they are willing share it with YOU! (as long as you are one of 10 highest bidders)!
The meal? Homemade pastrami, rye bread, mustard and some pickled vegetables of some sort. 

This will be the best pastrami you've ever had.

Party to be held at a house of your choosing, or at Bill's home.

Date to be determined by mutual agreement. Please allow 4 weeks lead time for planning.

Cat. # 2: Art and "Aaahhs" in Taos!

Donor(s): Tamara Hertz and Doug Johnson
Value: $1,000

Enjoy 4 nights at a lovely home in Taos, New Mexico, plus 2 day-passes for Ojo Caliente Spa and 2 tickets to tour Georgia O'Keefe's home and studio in Abiquiu.

The house, a true (if not old) adobe with a fully fenced yard, furnished with art and antiques, is within walking distance to the Taos plaza and its shops, restaurants and art galleries. Ojo Caliente Spa is a 45-minute drive away, as is Abiquiu. The Abiquiu Home & Studio Tour Season runs from March to November; if you wish to come at a different time of year we will substitute a gift certificate to one of Taos's best restaurants.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Some black-out dates apply.

Cat. # 3: Moon Over Lake Manawa - Four nights, Five Days at a Lake Front House

Donor(s): Sally and Tom Stich
Value: $1,500

Spend four nights/five days at our Lake Manawa house in Council Bluffs, IA. The house is a two story, three bedroom house with two bedrooms (queen size bed in each) upstairs joined by a bathroom/shower and a bedroom with two twin beds on the main floor with a bathroom/shower. A full kitchen with a stocked refrigerator - cheese, crackers, dips, wine, soft drinks, and a freezer with locally made ice cream - along with bagels and pie from a local bakery await. Dates to be negotiated (no blackouts at this time), but we recommend autumn when the weather cools down a bit and the leaves are turning.

If you like walking trails, farmers markets, drives through the countryside, art galleries, movie theaters, live theater and museums, there will be info on how to access any of those - both in Council Bluffs, IA, and in Omaha, Nebraska, 15-20 minutes away.

The best way to get to the lake house is by car. It's an 8 hour drive from Denver to Omaha and then 15-20 more minutes to the house in Iowa - all on I-80. Transportation (boat or car) not included. Sorry, no pets allowed. Smoking in the house is prohibited. 

A spacious house with big windows to take in a very pretty lake, a bed comfortable enough to make you wonder why people get up, a refrigerator and counter laden with treats, and serious peace and quiet. You've heard of restorative yoga? This is a restorative lake house. A few nights here will do you a world of good!
- Guests of Lake Manawa, 2022

Cat. # 4: Stay at the Manhatten Club (NY) for Five Nights(Junior Suite)

Donor(s): Roet Realty (Emily Roet)
Value: $2,500

Enjoy the best of New York in a junior suite at the Manhattan Club! The suite includes a queen or king bed in a separate enclave. You can lounge after a long day in a separate great room, with dining  area, kitchen and living room with a pull-out double sofa. Flexible days of usage- use 5 consecutive nights or a day here or there. One block to Central Park and Carnegie Hall. Several blocks to MOMA, The Lincoln Center and Times Square. 

This is a very comfortable stay in a fantastic NYC location!

Use between August 17, 2023 and August 17, 2024.
All taxes and fees are included in the price. 

Cat. # 5: A Peter Luger's Steak House Dinner for Six - without leaving Denver

Donor(s): Sally and Tom Stich
Value: $700

Forget flying to Brooklyn for one of the country's best steak house dinners. A Peter Lugers' meal will be recreated right here in Denver--for six lucky carnivores. From cocktails and wine, to Lugers' tomato and onion salad--from thick porterhouses to Luger's "Holy Cow" hot fudge sundae.  You'll be transported to New York and back. Each couple will take home a bottle of Lugers' special sauce--good on salads and steaks. 

Denver Botanic Gardens, Lunch and Conversation with Rabbi Katie (Up to Four Guests)

Donor(s): Rabbi Katie Mizrahi
Value: Priceless

Spend an afternoon in an idyllic setting with Rabbi Katie with a leisurely walk among the 24 acres of the Denver Botanic Gardens. You'll find that Rabbi Katie is herself a gardener and feels at home in the gardens.) 

When you're ready, settle down in the perfect place for a delicious picnic lunch. The hours will fly by as you discuss current events, Jewish history, and medical ethics, to name a few possible topics.

Rabbi Katie will provide tickets to the Denver Botanic Gardens and a picnic lunch.

The winning bidder(s) 's food preferences and dietary needs for the picnic will be confirmed with the winning bidder(s). Rabbi Katie will confirm a date by mutual agreement. 

Donated by: Rabbi Katie
Value: A memorable experience!

Silent Auction Items


Pasta Making Class and Dinner for Six

Donor(s): Linda and Alan Treibitz
Value: $450

First we create, then we eat! Together, we'll make two types of pasta: ravioli and fettucine. Following the class, we'll prepare a dinner with the fresh pasta we've made. The class will take about an hour to an hour and a half. Much of the meal will be prepared or prepped ahead of time for efficiency and shorter cooking time. Then we can enjoy eating together!

Green salad - romaine, cucumber, grape tomatoes, green onions, dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, Linda's vinaigrette dressing.
Appetizer: Cheese-filled ravioli with fresh marinara sauce, grated parmesan cheese 
Entree: Fettucine alfredo with smoked salmon, broccolini. Wine served with the meal.
Dessert: Ice cream bar with homemade hot fudge sauce and other toppings

Choose a date (September excluded) that works for all 6 attendees, and plan for 5:30 - 8:30 pm for the class and meal. Location will be determined by date chosen. Any food allergies or constraints will be accommodated.  

Holiday Card Workshop for up to Six

Risa Aqua Studio -

Value: $75/person

Create your own greeting cards at a hands-on, in-person workshop for up to 6 people at B'nai Havurah East.

We'll use calligraphy markers and watercolors to create colorful, unique holiday cards for the special people in your life. After a brief study of Hebrew and English calligraphy techniques, some design coaching and a little time to practice and sketch, plan to create 1-3 very special cards.

Materials provided. Class will be 2 hours or so, and will be scheduled at a time that works for all participants.

Use during Fall, 2023

Beading Party for up to Four

Annie Aqua -
and Risa Aqua -

Value: $100/person

Annie and Risa love to bead!

Join us at Risa's house for a chance to revel in color and creativity. We specialize in seed beads (multiple strand necklaces, bracelets, simple earrings and the like), but larger beads are also possible. We'll provide the materials and some snacks, but feel free to bring along your own beads if you have them.  

Party will be 3 hours or so, and will be scheduled in late Summer or early Fall 2023 at a time that works for all participants.

Deep Relaxation and Sound Bath with Tibetan Singing Bowls

Donor(s): Lisa Eller Davis
Value: $360

Rest and be restored in a Deep Relaxation Session for up to four people, in your home or at B'nai Havurah.

This healing session with Lisa Eller Davis will combine a non-moving yoga practice of deep relaxation to let go of tension and stress, with the sounds and vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls. 

Participants should come prepared to be comfortable, bringing a yoga mat, towel, or blanket to recline on; and an extra towel, blanket, or bolster for support under the knees. Other props, blankets or eye masks are fine, as well.

Lisa has practiced with healing energy for 20 years, taught yoga and meditation for 15, and was trained to use singing bowls by a Nepalese Master in 2013. She delights in helping people access their inner light and joy.

Pescatarian Dinner for Four as Guests at the Tishler Home

Donor(s): Lorrie Tishler
Value: $275

Lorrie and Howard Tishler will host the winners for a fine dining experience in their home. Wine,  Lorrie's renowned sweet sourdough bread, and a prize-winning dessert will all be included with a Pescatarian entree and sides.

Lorrie was the food editor at the Tallahassee Democrat for 23 years, as well as a restaurant reviewer and wine judge. She continues to enjoy cooking, especially with her daughter Ellie, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.


5 Ticket Flex Package to the Vintage Theatre

Donor(s): Vintage Theatre -
Value: $199

Vintage Theatre is an award-winning performing arts theatre in the heart of Aurora Cultural Arts District. For over 20 years, Vintage has offered programming that delights, challenges, and entertains audiences. Enjoy blockbuster Broadway favorites on their 145-seat main stage; regional premieres, intimate dramas, and off-beat comedies in their 67-seat black box theatre; and a wide variety of cabaret performances on their cabaret stage.

Vintage has performances most Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, and this Flex Package allows 1 individual to select and enjoy 5 of their performances.

Secrets of Great Crossword Puzzlers: How to Decode Really Hard Clues for up to Five

Donor(s): Sally Stich
Value: $150

Bring along some friends to puzzle your way through a two-hour class on how to read complex crossword clues. In addition to some lecture, we will practice with several different types of clues and, time permitting, will do a puzzle and then share answers and talk about participants' strategies.

Up to five people may attend. A group in-person meeting location will be determined, or this event will be held at Sally's house.

Four Seasons of Desserts

Donor(s): Sally and Tom Stich
Value: $150

Savor a different, delectable dessert -- delivered to your door -- throughout the 4 seasons!

  • Summer: A plum and cherry galette (Feeds six)
  • Autumn: A dried fruit pie - Dried apricots, prunes, raisins, dried cherries, etc. (Feeds eight)
  • Winter: Three dozen Spumoni cookies - Think of a cookie with chocolate chunks, pistachios, and dried cherries with a secret spumoni flavoring
  • Spring: Almond Bars - A shortbread base, cream cheese filling, with thick butter cream frosting and topped with sliced almonds (Feeds 12+ depending on the size bars you cut)

Delivery dates will be determined by mutual agreement. The donor will deliver the desserts to the winning bidder's home given that they live no further than 15 miles from Hampden and Monaco Pkwy in SE Denver. If the bidder's address is more than 15 miles, it will be the winning bidder's responsibility to pick up the desserts.

A "Flight" of Homemade, Reduced-Sugar Jams - 5 Half-Pints

Donor(s): Jill Jacobs Conklin
Value: $150

Jill has been making reduced-sugar jams for 20 years and refuses to sell any of it. Her yearly output (over 300 half pints) includes standards like peach and cherry, but also specialty combinations like blood orange/strawberry; blueberry basil; peach/plum. After years of improvising recipes she's come up with "a bit of this and that," like added Calvados and dried mango.

This "flight" of 5 half-pints will be available for pickup at the June 11 event.

2 Tickets to an Arvada Center Theater Production

Donor(s): Arvada Center -
Value: $126

The Arvada Center produces, curates, and creates national-caliber arts, humanities, education, and entertainment that are designed to help you see, hear, feel, and think a little deeper. 

Enjoy an exceptional live theatre production with this gift card (for 2), and visit their three galleries (free).

Goat Milking and Cheese Making Experience for Two People

Donor(s): Jill Jacobs Conklin
Value: $100

Meet Jill at the barn of her Boulder co-op Beit Izim, and learn the basics of milking, brushing, and caring for human-loving goats. After sharing a milking shift with her (involves some clean-up), you'll follow up in Jill's home as she makes chevre or yogurt. You'll be the sous chef and take home the product. Jill will also introduce you to her favorite goats and tell the stories that make goats her spirit animal.  

Edible Beats Cookbook & $75 Gift Certificate

Donor(s): Edible Beats -
Value: $95

Edible Beats is a consortium of six of Denver's most innovative restaurants:  Linger, Ophelia's, Vital Root, El Five, Root Down and Root Down DIA, "known for responsibly grown & innovatively simple sourcing, veggie-forward fare."

Enjoy dine-in or take out with this $75 Gift Card, and make over 39 of their food and cocktail recipes your own with the Edible Beats Cookbook. The hybrid magazine-cookbook is 156 pages, containing 39 recipes and also an inner look at Chef Justin Cucci’s take on the world. 

3 $25 Gift Cards to Rosenburg's Bagels & Delicatessen

Donor(s): Rosenburg's Bagels & Delicatessen -
Value: $75 it comes to bagels, Rosenburg's takes no shortcuts. Through a painstaking, multi-step process that takes several days from start to finish, and baking bagels fresh throughout the day using only premium ingredients, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fresher bagel anywhere, even in NYC! 

Use three $25 gift cards to eat in or order online for delivery or pickup.

Gift Cards valid at either Denver or Stanley Marketplace (Aurora) location.

2 Tickets to the Denver Art Museum

Donor(s): Denver Art Museum -
Value: $30

Use these 2 General Admission tickets to spark some creative thinking and expression, and be enriched as you learn about cultures from around the world. 

$25 Gift Card to Palenque Mexican Restaurant 

Donor(s): Palenque Cocina y Avageria -
Value: $25

Palenque Cocina y Avageria brings traditional Mexican fare and agave cocktails to the historic downtown Littleton area. This family owned and operated restaurant offers a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere, and serves traditional Mexican food for brunch, lunch and dinner. A full range of traditional Mexican dishes, along with their famous margaritas, and award-winning gluten free options and vegetarian/vegan dishes are sure to please everyone!

Gift card may be used for dine-in, delivery or take out 7 days a week.

$25 Gift Card to Stone Leaf Pottery

Donor(s): Stone Leaf Pottery -
Value: $25

Stone Leaf Pottery in Arvada offers a wide array of supplies for the ceramics aficionado. They carry glaze, clay, raw materials, equipment, tools & toys, to equal an extensive option of supplies for your pottery studio. This is a one-stop Denver pottery shop! 

Use this $25 gift card to purchase pottery making supplies or to take a workshop.

Thu, July 25 2024 19 Tammuz 5784