"This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our newest Federation location to the hundreds of community volunteers who will ask their fellow Jews to make a commitment to the 2008 Federation Community Fund," stated Ira M. Schwartz, Federation president and CEO, adding that this marks the first time in many years that the phone-a-thon will be held in one central location.
Volunteers will work in three-hour shifts. Members of Federation's Renaissance Group, a group of Jewish men and women, ages 25 to 45 who are committed to making a difference in the community through volunteerism and fundraising, will be attending the final shift. More than 30,000 people will be contacted during Super Sunday and solicited to support essential health, education, recreation, social-welfare and humanitarian programs here in Greater Philadelphia, in Israel and around the world.
Last year's phone-a-thon raised more than $1.3 million.
The theme of this year's event is "Super Sunday, Super Heroes."
In keeping with this theme, members of the community are being asked to nominate unsung heroes, both men and women, ages 18 or older, who work professionally or volunteer their time on the front lines of the Jewish community. This is an opportunity to give kuved, the Yiddish word for respect or honor, to those who have provided extraordinary service to their synagogues, day schools or other Jewish communal organizations. Nominees may be employed by any of Federation's partner agencies, though he or she cannot be a Federation employee.
Up to 36 -- a double chai -- nominees will be publicly recognized for their exemplary achievements during a Super Sunday awards ceremony.
To nominate someone for this honor, call Evelyn Klein at 215-832-0530 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
This year's event is being chaired by Holly and Norm Nelson of Wynnewood, who are excited to be part of the event.
"As we've become more involved in Federation, we realize just how great the needs are in our community and beyond. Super Sunday provides the one chance each year for our community to work toward a common goal. It is a very powerful day for all those who participate," said Norm Nelson. Holly Nelson added that she and her husband "are looking forward to working with a hard-working, dedicated committee."
The Super Sunday Committee, which is still in formation, includes Jeffry Bleiman, Susan Bleiman Soll, Lenard Cohen, Herb Cohn, Esther Cohn, Deborah Gordon Klehr, Amy Holdsman, Andrew Kaplan, Jay Minkoff, Sara Minkoff, Jackie Needleman, Audrey Pantich-Levin, Dr. Glenn Paskow, Keith Reiner, Lori Reiner, Julie Savitch, Adam Soll, David Taffet, Sharon Taffet, David Waldstein, Elissa Waldstein, Jennifer Willner, Michael Willner and Robin Zappin.
The 2008 Super Sunday sponsors include Blank Rome LLP Counselors at Law; Klapholz's Kosher Delicatessen; KPMG; Thou Shall Snack; Isdaner & Company; Novick Brothers Corporation Phillip Rosenau Company and Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer and Toddy, P.C.
To become a Super Sunday volunteer, call the Super Sunday hotline at 215-832-0630 or register online at: www.jewishphilly.org .