Silent Auction Items - 2011

Dear Parents, Friends and Alef Bet Supporters,

Here is your sneak peak at the amazing items we will have available for you to bid on at the Gala Event this Sunday. Pick your favorites - and remember, all proceeds go directly to our school.

#1 - Nature Walk with Morah Farhana
Nothing makes a child feel more wonderful than one-on-one time with the special people in his or her life. Bid now and your child can spend a memorable afternoon strolling through the trees, taking in the sights and sounds of nature with Morah Farhana on a guided nature walk at one of Montgomery County’s amazing public parks. (chosen from Spring Schedule, when published)
Value: Priceless

#2 - Bedtime Story with Morah Ety
Layla tov, Yareach! That’s right - “Goodnight Moon” in Hebrew. Imagine your child’s delight to have a special bedtime story read to them in your home by Morah Ety!
Value: Priceless

#3 - Beaded Necklace with Sterling Silver Earrings
Does your wife have a birthday coming up? Anniversary just around the corner? Or are you just in the mood for something fabulous for yourself? Look no further than this beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand crafted necklace and sterling silver earrings set.
Value: $30

#4 - Babysitting and Art Project by Morah Marcia
Look out, Mary Poppins, Morah Marcia is in the house! That’s right. You’re going out and Morah Marcia is moving in! (Well, for up to three hours, anyways) And as if that’s not enough, she brings her own art project, too! She will have your little ones cutting, pasting, glittering, and decorating while you enjoy a little time out on the town. 
Value: Priceless

#5 - Dvash Class Project
A hand painted glass cake serving plate and dome. This outstanding piece was decorated by Dvash class, and the children's names are written on the piece. 
Value: Priceless

#6 - Special Needs Tutoring with Morah Miriam
An amazing opportunity to have your child receive special one-on-one tutoring sessions with Morah Miriam, a  special education teacher with many years of experience. Two one-hour sessions (your choice - at her home or at your own) Morah Miriam tutors all secular and Judaic elementary school subjects, and Hebrew language through 2nd grade.
Value: $200

#7 - Beautiful Glass Mezuzah
You will be especially glad to arrive home when you see this absolutely beautiful, glass mezuzah decorating your doorpost. Artist Unknown.
Value: $170

#8 - Private Yoga Classes (Adult)
Clean the legos off the floor, light some candles, and transform your living room into your own relaxing yoga studio. Imagine one hour all to yourself with your own, private yoga teacher in your own home. Ahhh, Shivasana.
Value: $100

#9 - Yoga Birthday Party for 12 Kids
Calling all Mini Yogis! Gather your little yoga mats and get ready to downward dog! A one-hour, fun filled introductory class for your child and 11 of their closest friends, all in the privacy of your own home with an experienced, certified yoga teacher. Who knows? Maybe they’ll get stuck in that peaceful relaxed state.
Value: $200

#10 - Shabbat Dinner at the Home of Alef Bet Montessori Chairman of the Board
Come break bread with the Ratner Family and enjoy a wonderful Shabbat meal, always entertaining conversation, and lively Parsha discussions. Walking distance to Alef Bet Montessori and the AISH building. 
Value: Priceless

#11 - Framed Picture by Rebecca Shore
This beautiful print would brighten any child’s room. Created by Israeli-American Artist, Rebecca Shore, the Hebrew prayer for a peaceful night’s sleep and whimsical bears will have your little one nodding off in no time.
Value: $46

#12 - Pottery Playdate with Morah Adi
Flower Pots, Dog Bowls, Plates with Handprints, Oh My! Imagine how excited your child will be to have a one-on-one playdate with Morah Adi at All Fired Up in Bethesda!  A $25 gift certificate is included - priceless artwork for you AND priceless memories for your child.
Value: Priceless

#13 - Spring Activity Package
Do you have cabin fever?  This basket is the cure, as it will have you and the family out for fun and adventure. 

  • Admission to Bunnyland for 2 adults and 2 children at Butler’s Orchard, 
  • 4 tickets to the Puppet Company at Glen Echo, 
  • plus 1 pony ride and a 30 min private horseback riding lesson at Potomac Horse Center.
Value: $144

#14 - “Let’s Have a Party” Package
Planning a kid’s party has never been easier.  This Package includes:

  • (2) $20 gift certificate for Siena’s yummy Kosher pizza 
  • $50 from Creative Parties for invitations for the special day 
  • a free rental for a popcorn machine from Strosniders Hardware ($50 value)
  • don’t forget the cake with a $36 gift certificate from The Kosher Pastry Oven.  It will be a party people will not forget.
Value: $156

#15 - Bowl America Party for 6
STRIKE!!!! Put the family in the car and head for the bowling lanes.  Bowling is a great way to spend time with all family members young and old.  And this bowling party for 6 will make sure that no one will be left out.
Value: $190

#16 - Create Arts Center
CREATE Arts Center in downtown Silver Spring, MD, offers arts classes, arts camps, and art therapy to children, teens, adults, and families. Take a cartoon drawing class, fulfill your dream of learning pottery, sign the kids up for camps and more. Two lucky bidders will each get a $100 gift certificate to join in the fun. 
Value: 2 certificates @ $100 each. Total $200

#17 - Platinum Keurig Brewer and Green Mountain Coffee
This will wake you up in the morning! 1 Platinum Keurig brewer and a case of Green Mountain coffee to go with it!
Value: $224

#18 - My Gym Childrens Fitness Center Birthday Party
Need a place to have your child’s birthday party? Look no further.  My Gym Childrens Fitness will have them running, jumping, playing, and laughing. This party is already planned - all you have to do is show up with a cake.   Your child and 20 of their closest friends will have the time of their lives! Valid at the Bethesda or Potomac locations.
Value: $375

#19 - Parent - Child "Makeover"
Could you and your child use a little Spring Spruce Up? Enjoy a complementary haircut from Jouvence Lifestyle Salon & Spa (located in Rockville Towncenter), then top off your new look with an outfit or accessory with your $25 gift certificate from Catch Can (Kensington). For your child, choose a new outfit from Gymboree with a $35 gift card and get a fresh new haircut for spring from Seven Locks Barber.
Value: $160

#20 - The Ultimate Aqua Nails
Pamper your hands with 3 free manicures from Aqua Nails at Sangamore Road, Bethesda. 
Value: $45

#21 - Freshen Up Your Home
Is it time to breath some new life into your living space? Now you can with this wonderful package to brighten up your home.  Get some fresh cut flowers for the kitchen with the $25 gift certificate from Johnson’s Florist and Garden Center,  plus new curtains or a tablecloth for the dining room with the $50 gift certificate from G Street Fabric. A new look for your home has never been so easy and so much fun!
Value: $75

#24 - Liberty Mountain Resort Ski/Snowboard Packages (for 2)
Here is your chance to take home two beginner ski or snowboard packages good for children aged 8 through adulthood. The packages include an All Day Lift ticket, rental equipment, and a beginner class lesson. The lovely Liberty Mountain Resort is a convenient get away spot located about an hour from both the Washington and Baltimore beltways.  It’s a great way to spend time outdoors during the winter months.
Value: $168

#25 - Horseback Riding Lessons at Reddemeade Equestrian Center
Interested in horseback riding lessons?  Here is an opportunity to win a month of group horseback riding lessons.  Group lessons are comprised of 5-6 students of similar age and riding ability.  Group lessons meet for an hour each week. Reddemeade Equestrian Center is located in Silver Spring, MD off the beltway.  This is a great opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of riding a horse!
Value: $195

#26 - Roundtop Mountain Resort Adventure Package (for 2)
Ready for a day of action packed adventure and fun!  This summer adventure includes two Mountain Adventure packages for those aged 5 and up.  Activities include treehouse zips (ages 8+), scenic chairlift rides, bumper boats, summer tubing and a fun tarzan swinging and climbing area.  Located just 120 miles from the Washington DC area this is a great summer destination!
Value: $78

#27 - Whitetail Ski/Snowboard Package (for 2)
Want to learn to ski or snowboard?  Take home two Learn To Ski or Snow Board Packages that include a lift ticket, rental equipment and a first timer ski or snowboard class lesson. In the class lesson you will learn to turn, control your speed, stop and ride a lift.   Located just 90 minutes from the beltway, this beginner package for two at Whitetail is good for anyone aged 8 and older. (Excludes Holidays)
Value: $172

#28 - Wintergreen Resort Recreation Activities
Take home four tickets for recreational activities at the beautiful Wintergreen Resort. The resort features golf courses, winter skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing, and outdoor recreation such as hiking, fly fishing, and swimming.  The resort is located in central Virginia approximately 3 hours from the Washington DC area.  The tickets can be used year round, midweek.
Value: $200

#29 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy two tickets to either Prokofiev:  Cinderella Suite on Saturday, April 2, 2011  at 7:00pm or Brahm’s Second Symphony on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8:00pm. Prokofiev will explore the Cinderella story, in collaboration with writers from Johns Hopkins University, in an original multicultural retelling of this classic tale. Brahm’s Second Symphony will feature young German conductor Cornelius Meister, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Both performances take place at the Baltimore Symphony at the Myerhoff in Baltimore, MD.
Value: $75

#30 - Capital Steps
Enjoy some political satire set to your favorite tunes! This package includes four tickets to any Friday night show performed by the Capital Steps.  Performances take place in the Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center every Friday night from 7:30pm to approximately 9:30pm.
Value: $140

#31 - Roundhouse Theater and Romance Package at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda
Enjoy two tickets to any midweek nightly performance of “The Trip to Bountiful.” The brilliantly life-affirming and heartbreaking performance is one of legendary playwright Horton Foote’s most beloved works. The performance features a widow who returns to her home in the small Gulf Coast town of Bountiful. The show will be running from March 16 to April 3, 2001 at the Bethesda theatre.  Romance in Bethesda! Champagne, strawberries, a rose petal turn down service and continental breakfast in the morning!  Enjoy a romantic weekend night at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda. This package include complementary parking, early check-in, late check out and all the special touches mentioned above.
Value: $275

#32 - Night Out Package: Pomegranate Bistro, Strathmore and Over Night at Bethesda North Marriott
Enjoy a night out dining at the Pomegranate Bistro, a kosher restaurant in Potomac, MD, where you will receive one free entrée with the purchase of any entrée.  In addition, you will receive two tickets to any performance at the Strathmore.  Located in Bethesda, the Strathmore offers a wide variety of concerts, performing arts programs, literary lectures and events.  An peaceful oasis in Bethesda!  You choose the weekend night to pack your overnight bag and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  And after a great night’s sleep you will enjoy breakfast for two before you head home to.... well not peace and quiet. 
Value: $340

#33 - Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
Take home four tickets to tour Hillwood Gardens and Mansion.  Hillwood is the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.  The estate is situated on twenty five beautiful acres in a residential neighborhood in northwest Washington DC. Enjoy an exploration of the art-filled mansion and thirteen acres of formal gardens.
Value: $60

#34 - The Fabulous Museum
This package includes tickets to 4 different Museum. Experience Washington DC at its best.

  • International Spy Museum (4 tickets) - Satisfy your sneaky spies with 4 tickets to the International Spy Museum! They’ll guide you to clandestine stories and covert operations. Plus play spy games and get the latest spy intel.
  • Kreeger Museum (6 Tickets) - Calling all art lovers! Discover the endless beauty of the Kreeger museum, a true cultural treasure. Enjoy tickets for 6 to experience this collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture including works by Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Chagall, Miro and Kandinsky to name just a few! 
  • National Museum of Crime & Punishment (2 Passes, for 2 people each) - A “must see for CSI fans,” according to Good Morning America, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment houses its very own crime lab + the filming studios for America’s Most Wanted. Enjoy 2 passes (each good for 2 people) to experience a simulated shooting range, high-speed police-chase, plus hundreds of interactives and artifacts. 
  • Newseum (4 Tickets) - See where the news really comes to life! Enjoy 4 tickets to the Newseum in Washington, DC. This interactive museum captures behind-the-scenes views of how and why news is made. Experience hands-on exhibits and dozens of displays tracing five centuries of news gathering. Yes centuries!

Value: $300

#39 - Greens for Your Table & Garden
Think green for spring with $25 in flowers from Behnke’s Garden Center in Potomac. PLUS enjoy 8 weeks of local, farm fresh produce from Norman’s Farm Market CSA (Community Shared Agriculture). Pick up your choice of fresh fruits and vegetables every week at 1 of 3 area locations (Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac). A favorite of several Alef Bet families! 
Value: $165

#40 - Kicks Karate (5 certificates available)
Get your karate moves on at Kicks Karate in Bethesda (the beloved karate studio for several Alef Bet students)! Enjoy a VIP certificate for one month OR one uniform OR one pair of boxing gloves PLUS one 30-minute private introductory lesson.
Value: $80

#41 - Rockville Interiors
Freshen your home décor for Spring with a new slipcover! Just purchase fabric from Rockville Interiors and they’ll slipcover one chair for FREE!
Value: $179

#42 - Cabin John Mall Package
Cabin John Mall , Potomac ultimate outing includes:

  • Savor breakfast in bed with 2 pounds of Starbucks coffee 
  • a $50 gift certificate to Breadsmith, known for the best challah and kosher goodies in town!
  • Pamper the man in your life  with a haircut and hot shave at Zhora Or a haircut for yourself with Offir (owner of Zohra Salon)
  • plus a full manicure, pedicure massage at Total Polish Nails Salon.
Value: $200

#43 - For Her
Pamper the woman in your life with a haircut  with Shannon at Kindle and Boom (known for the best cuts in town!)
Value: $80

#44 - Red Door Spa Make Up Party for 4
Gather your girlfriends and get ready for a new Spring look! Enjoy a “make up application party for 4” at The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden.
Value: $240

#45 - Sports Fan Package
Calling all local sports fans! This package has it all! 

  •  4 tickets to each of three Wizard Games tickets at Verizon Center  
    (Sec 418 Row A - You are  Right There!):
    • Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Sat March 12, 2011 
    • Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, March 14, 2011
    • Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons, April 5, 2011.
  • Enjoy a 2011 Season Pass for the entire family to all 25 Big Train Bethesda baseball games! 
  • Plus a baseball autographed by the Nationals’ Jesus Flores AND an autographed photo of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan! 

Value: $615

#46 - A Car Lover’s Dream
A Car lover’s dream -- help them keep their wheels clean with  FIVE “super wash” tickets at area Mr. Car Wash locations PLUS everything they’ll need for a summer road trip, including paper towels, hand sanitizer, flashlight, First Aid Kit, Emergency Blanket, the all-important toilet seat covers, and more!
Value: $115

#47 - Subscription to Washington Jewish Week Magazine (2)
Washington Jewish Week has proudly served the nation’s capital and the greater Washington Jewish community for more than 80 years. Keep up to date with the latest news affecting the Jewish World, our community at large, and Israel with a year’s subscription! What’s not to like?
Value: $52

#48 - Minimus Mini Jet Set Travel Kit (2)
Get the best sleep of your life at 30,000 feet with the Minimus Mini Jet Set. It’s got everything you need to fly in style - inflatable neck and lumbar pillows, an eye mask to block out the light, ear plugs so you can’t hear the guy in 24A snoring, and InFlight reflexology socks to keep the toesies feeling great. 
Value: $45

#49 - Gorgeous Whiskey Quartz Ring
Looking for some new bling? Look no further than this gorgeous 14k gold ring from KZ Imports. Featuring 010 round diamonds and a stunning 442 whiskey quartz centerpiece, you won’t be able to take your eyes off it!
Value: $675

#50 - Freed Photography Family Photo Session
A top quality family photo session at Freed Photography, Cordell Street, Bethesda. The packet includes: One Family Studio Portraits Session, and one 8x10 portrait. You will be able to purchase more phots from the session. 
Value: $375

#51 - 1852 US Gold Dollar in Extra Fine Condition
Value: $300

#52 - 1851 US $2.5 Gold in Almost Uncirculated Condition
Value: $600

#53 - 1888 New Orleans Mint US Silver Dollar in Uncirculated Condition
Value: $75

#54 - Daniel Kaufman Painting - “Moses & Promised Land”
If you don’t have a spare wall for this gorgeous painting, you might just have to buy another house! An original Daniel Kaufman oil painting on large canvas. Moses and Joshua are looking at the promised land. Moses passes to Joshua the torch, now Joshua becomes the successor that will lead the Jewish people to the Land. The transition of colors represent the different landscapes. Moses will not enter the Land physically, however a yellow set of rays taking him away confirm that his soul and spirit will remain.
Value: $1,800

#55 - Gefen Class Project - The Light of a Child
Let this gorgeous piece light up your life. The Gefen Children have decorated the lamp with their Hand prints.
Value: Priceless

#56 - Rimon Class Project - Children of the World ילדי העולם
The Rimon children learned the names of each of the continents, 7 children traced a continent, and cut it out. Then the children glued lentils on their continents. They painted them and glued rice to make the oceans. Each child’s name is written in Hebrew around the artwork.
Value: Priceless

#57 - The Little Gym
What’s more fun that a class at The Little Gym??? A whole month of classes and 1 year family membership at the Little Gym! (Valid only at Potomac location: 1071 Seven Locks Road)
Value: $133

#58 - Moriah Gallery Collection - “Antler’s Force” by Edwin Solomon
This beautiful, framed painting by Edwin Solomon is elegant and striking. It would add a special impact to any room. This painting is part of the Moriah Gallery Collection, Bethesda
Value: $1,800

#59 - Moriah Gallery Collection - “Leaping Deer” by Edwin Solomon.
This outstanding , framed painting by Edwin Solomon is elegant and striking. It would add a special impact to any room. This painting is part of the Moriah Gallery Collection, Bethesda
Value: $1,000