They decided to call the sale the Nearly New Rummage Sale, and that meant being picky about what they took.
"We have tested every single thing to make sure it works," Levine said.
Volunteers from both congregations have carefully organized and categorized items into departments such as sporting goods, women's and men's clothing, books by topic, household appliances, furniture, home medical aids and holiday - split into Jewish and Christmas traditions.
The merchandise is displayed on two floors of the temple building on Kanawha Boulevard East and includes a boutique with higher-end clothing, vintage items, jewelry, fine china and silver, along with designer names such as Gucci, St. John and Coach.
They already know they do food well together, so the women also will offer lunch during the sale on Sunday along with a bake sale to which 75 people have offered to contribute.
Levine, Taborowsky and Coleman ticked off names of their respective congregations who have readily stepped up to help. They include Betty and David Stern, who will oversee the lunch with the help of Lynn Meyer. Jackie Artz and Randi Neurman will oversee the bake sale. Shelley Kanner will work in the book department. Harriet Deutsch, Gail Preiser and Barb Rubin will handle the boutique. Longtime staffers Mary Hart at the temple and Nancy Morton at the synagogue have helped along the way. Numerous other members of both congregations have helped organize and will be on hand Sunday.
Right from the start, the two organizations agreed they would divide proceeds from Sunday's sale right down the middle.
The sisterhood and the auxiliary plan to use the money for their various charitable endeavors, which include such local agencies as Sojourner's, Manna Meal, Covenant House and the East End Family Resource Center.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.