Resolve to Be a Part of Federation Super Sunday


The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia seeks volunteers to make calls during its 12 hour phon-a-thon on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Start off 2015 on the right note by becoming a Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Super Sunday volunteer. Individuals and organizations are needed to make the calls that make a difference in the lives of Jews in Philadelphia, in Israel and around the world during this 12 hour phon-a-thon on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Sign up for one of the following three sessions at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on Federation’s Schwartz Campus in Bryn Mawr:

• Morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Afternoon (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
• Evening (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

There is no need to worry about making babysitting arrangements for infants and toddlers as free child care is available from the staff of Torah Academy, with advance registration, for those who sign up for the morning and afternoon shifts.

Aren Rice, chair of children’s programming, has resolved to make this year’s Super Sunday “super fun” for the children of event volunteers.

Rice, who teaches a creative movement class at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen and art and Lego-building classes at the YMCA in Lansdale, will lead children, ages 3 and up in limbo and potato-sack racing activities, parachute games, Lego building, art projects and cookie decorating.

Rice’s friend and business partner, Valerie Felgoise, the owner of Let’s Party with Valerie, will provide materials and prizes for all the activities. Another friend, Randy Copman, will do face-painting.

Rice encourages all children to attend a special 3:00 p.m. performance featuring the magic and illusions of Ari Paul Felber. Felber has been doing magic since he was 12 years old and currently performs during children’s and adult parties, as well as at corporate and charitable events.

Other Super Sunday entertainment highlights include morning appearances by the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ball Girls as well as the chance to file a news report from the KYW Kids Cast mobile studio. Everyone will enjoy the opportunity to attend the Super Sunday Community Fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn more about the wonderful work that our Jewish agencies and organizations perform.

Super Sunday Co-Chairs Sheree and Wayne Bloch and Robin and Steven Katz say they are excited to be a part of the largest fundraising event on the Jewish community calendar.

“I have participated in Super Sunday for many years, Sheree Bloch said. “At first, I volunteered with Federation’s Women's Philanthropy affinity group and brought my children along.”

Bloch believes that making Super Sunday a “family affair” enabled her children to “touch and understand what Jewish Federation was about.”

She said she considered it a high honor to be asked to serve as co-chair.  “I truly understand that every dollar counts.

“And, as difficult as it is to ask people to give, it is much more difficult for me to hear about the vulnerable people in our community who need help. And the only way we can help them is with dollars to pay for the services,” she emphasized.

One critical lesson Bloch says she has learned through her Federation involvement is that “every type of participation is valued and necessary.”

“Obviously, the donors are important,” she said, “but the volunteers who come bring the energy, raise the dollars and create the sense of community.”

Bloch said she is proud to be a part of a Jewish community that cares so deeply for those in need.

“We responded generously during the free Soviet Jewry movement, and again last summer through our support of Israelis who were the target of Hamas missile strikes,” she said, adding that there are thousands of people — both locally and globally — who are depending on the funds raised during the phon- a-thon.

“Israel is still recovering and needs our help, and we have people in our community who are forced to choose between food, heat and medicine,” she said.

Robin Katz had an easy answer to the question of why she and her husband, Steven, decided to take on the Super Sunday leadership challenge. “Our dear friend, Gail Norry, Federation’s Campaign chair, asked us to take on this project, and who could say no to Gail?”

The Katzes both said they have been very impressed with the new Federation leadership team of CEO Naomi L. Adler and President Bernard Newman.

“They have spearheaded outreach efforts to the entire community and we want to help Federation to reach its maximum potential,” said Robin Katz.

She and her husband are involved with numerous or­ganizations that receive funding from Federation and are acutely aware of the importance of making this Federation campaign event successful.

“It is crucial to reach as many volunteers as possible to bring together all facets of Jewish Philadelphia and continue the process of creating one central Jewish community working together to make 2015 a better year for our people,” Katz emphasized.

Please sign up for Super Sunday today. Visit, email [email protected] org or call 215-832-0630.

Spread the word to your friends and neighbors via #SuperSunday Philly.


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