One community, one campaign, 100 percent participation -- that's both the theme of Federation Super Sunday and the expectation of event co-chairs Cari and Alan Lasdon, and Michele and Rob Levin, who view the event as a "community in-gathering."
Scheduled for Jan. 10, 2010 at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on Federation's Radnor Campus, the phone-a-thon represents the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Community's largest single day of fundraising. Phoning sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and are open to the entire community.
While the main focus of the day is to raise funds to enable Federation to continue to support those in need, event organizers have built in several programs to reflect the community nature of the event and increase participation.
Taste of LimmudPhilly: A Super Sunday Highlight
Super Sunday volunteers will enjoy a Taste of LimmudPhilly, a family-friendly and fun-filled learning program.
Ross Berkowitz, executive director of LimmudPhilly, describes the event as a "sampling" of this intensive program of interactive Jewish learning that marked its area debut last year, thanks to Federation support. Three Taste of LimmudPhilly sessions will be presented during the mid-day phone-a-thon break, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Berkowitz said that he is "thrilled" to partner with Super Sunday 2010.
"This major communal gathering is the perfect venue for getting the word out about upcoming and ongoing exciting events and services in the Jewish community," he commented.
Local educators will present thought-provoking and lively Jewish learning sessions for all age groups, from very young (ages 3-10), to tweens, teens and adults. Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann will present an interactive session on the themes of social justice for teens and adults; Miriam Steinberg-Egeth will lead a workshop on the power of speech (including gossip) for the entire family; and Ellen and Jonathan Kremer will offer a hands-on art session for children ages six and older, giving participants the skills to create their own colorful Shabbat booklets to take home.
According to Berkowitz, "Super Sunday is a fantastic community-building event, and like LimmudPhilly, showcases the talents and dedication of our community members." The Taste of LimmudPhilly program is designed to "fill the break" between phoning sessions. Super Sunday volunteers are encouraged to come early, stay late or "stay all day."
Federation has extended an invitation to those agencies with which it partners most closely to be part of the first annual Super Sunday "Agency Showcase." This is designed as a forum for agencies to present their programs and services and promote their events and mission to the thousands of community members who volunteer for Super Sunday. Agencies wishing to participate in the showcase are encouraged to call Addie Lewis Klein at 215-832-0828 or e-mail her at: aklein @jfgp to reserve a space.
The Super Sunday 2010 chairs and committee invite people of all ages to register and join them for a full day of philanthropy, fun and ruach.
For more information and to register for Super Sunday 2010, call 215-832-0630 or visit: jewishphilly.org/supersunday.
For more information about the Taste of LimmudPhilly program, visit: limmudphilly.org/events.