Temple Emek Shalom's annual "Passport to the World" auction — to raise funds for its own programs and for contribution to a long list of local charitable organizations &

will take place Saturday at the temple, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

The event, which attracts more than 300 people each year, will once again feature both a live and silent auction and, for the first time, this year is being supported by 28 Rogue Valley firms that are sponsoring the auction. Heading the sponsor list are Coming Attractions, Inc., Lithia Motors, Adroit Construction, Harry David, Morgan Stanley's Jeff Feinberg Gary Acheatel, J. Michaels Fine Jewelry, PremierWest Bank, Retirement Planning Specialists and the law firm of Davis Hearn Saladoff Bridges.

Myra and Ron Silverman are chairing the event for the third time in the past 10 years.

"Each year the temple auction offers outstanding gifts up for bid," the Silvermans said, "and 2008 will be no different."

Among the top items in the live auction are week-long getaways to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, as well as Hawaii and Bandon. Dinners for as many as 48, movie passes, a movie party for 100, antique furniture and local shopping sprees are also part of the list of auction gifts.

Over the past several years, the temple event has become one of the most successful auctions in southern Oregon. The funds primarily support the temple's own programs and, at the same time, play a strong part in the synagogue's involvement in the community.

The temple not only schedules cooperative activities with organizations such as Head Start, the Emergency Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity, it also has, over the past five years, provided financial support for more than 60 local organizations and institutions such as Ashland Community Hospital, Ashland High School, Boys Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, Ashland YMCA, Children's Advocacy Center, Community Works, CASA, Human Rights Coalition, Jackson County Child Abuse Task Force, La Clinica, Make-a-Wish Foundation and Mediation Works.

The public is invited to the auction and registration is available on the temple's Web site, , which also lists the live auction items in detail, or by calling the temple at 488-2909. Cost is $30 per person and includes unlimited food, catered by Confident Caterers, and wine.

For more information, contact Myra and Ron Silverman at 488-3206 or at TESAuction@aol.com.