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California Dreamin’

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

With the MegaMillion jackpot at a whopping $355M, I spent a few moments lost in outlandish reverie, contemplating what things I could do with an insane amount of money.

Standing on one foot…

  • HUGE endowment for the shul — may they never have to worry about money again.
  • large donation to Mazon-The Jewish Response to Hunger.
  • establish a complete ASD program at URJ Camp Newman.
  • buy an apartment for my sister.
  • pay off our mortgage.
  • college funds for the kids.
  • full-time ASD specialist for Beernut.
  • apartment in Israel for an annual trip — or two.
  • go back to school for doctorate and an MFA — though not necessarily in that order.

What would you do with that kind of money?

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  1. Wednesday, 5 January 2011 6:19 am

    hilarious – we have almost the same exact list. mine involves endowing a chair (of something, i haven’t quite figured out what) at HUC and a few spare college funds for some extra needy kids….

    but i have the Israel apartment and private plane to shuttle us there regularly on my list 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 January 2011 10:37 pm

      How about an endowment for mandated therapy for all rabb students. Not a joke. I think it would be a wonderful addition to helping us cope with the intense growth that occurs during school.

      I wouldn’t want a private plane. I love going to the airport and all that stuff. Commercial would be fine…though we’d go business 😉

  2. Wednesday, 5 January 2011 7:49 am

    That’s funny, I would also buy an apartment for your sister.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 January 2011 10:37 pm

      I love you.

  3. Wednesday, 5 January 2011 9:04 am

    I’d do the endowment to the Canadian Yeshiva, with enough left over for Dustin to start his own Yeshiva after they give him smicha.
    Day school/college funds for the kids I don’t yet have.
    Apt in Yerushalyim and savings to be able to travel there worry free.
    Large donations to Ramah in the Rockies and Gift of Life.
    Build a true community mikvah w/space for classes and buy a house in the ‘hood so I could always come back and teach classes there.

    (wow, i’m jew-y!)

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 January 2011 10:39 pm

      Which is why you belong with the rest of us jew-y types.

      Yay Mikvah!!!!!

  4. Wednesday, 5 January 2011 9:53 am

    I too think about this when the Lotto gets so high. I look forward to the day when I can be the philanthropist I dream of being. There are so many important causes that are severely underfunded. But right now, my eyes are bigger than my wallet. 🙂 Personally, at the top of my list would be taking my parents to Israel. They’ve wanted to go for several years and the time has never been right.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 January 2011 10:40 pm

      Are you kidding??? There is never a wrong time to go. There are some times that are more hectic than others. Get them there…..now!!!!! That should be first on the list 😉

  5. Wednesday, 5 January 2011 10:50 pm

    So after all the good things to do and the right things to go (Like almost everything you mentioned). . . I would completely staff out my house with a full-time housekeeper, cook, personal trainer–the works!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 January 2011 10:42 pm

      Whoops…I had private pilates session 2x/week on my original list. Slipped off somehow…

      Oh and one other thing — two identical kitchens. With the dining room in-between.

  6. Thursday, 6 January 2011 7:55 pm

    I’ve been daydreaming about that too. I would also take care of my congregation, and favorite charities, and my family. And then I would take at least a year off from work and go study Torah and Talmud somewhere.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 January 2011 10:45 pm

      That would be time (and money) well spent!!

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