There are three upcoming community-wide opportunities to enhance your Jewish journey, and our Jewish world.
As the convener and hub of the local Jewish community, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia connects individuals and organizations to strengthen one another, as well as the broader community. Throughout the year, we help people at every stage in life get more involved in their Jewish world in the way most meaningful to them. There are three upcoming community-wide opportunities to enhance your Jewish journey, and our Jewish world. We hope you will plan to partner with us.
High Holiday Food Drive
Philadelphia is one of the most impoverished cities in the United States. More than 11,000 Jewish households live with food insecurity, which often means having to skip or reduce the size of meals. Community members are invited to help these struggling families by supporting the Jewish Federation’s High Holiday Food Drive. The goal is to collect 50,000 pounds of usable food to support households in need through the Jewish Federation Mitzvah Food Project’s five pantry sites.
During last year’s food drive, the Jewish Federation organized dozens of synagogues and Jewish communal organizations that together collected approximately 33,000 pounds of food, which supplemented the pantries’ food orders for four months. How-ever, the pantries feed more than 1,900 families a month, and that number is steadily rising.
During the High Holidays this fall, individuals and families are encouraged to donate healthy proteins — canned beans, nut butters and canned fish — that are kosher and have a current date. You can participate in one of three ways:
If a school, synagogue or organization you are affiliated with is participating in the food drive, please take your donations there (or, organize a food collection at your organization if you aren’t already participating).
Bring your donations to one of the five Mitzvah Food Project locations.
Take your food directly to the SHARE Warehouse.
The High Holiday Food Drive is the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community’s largest coordinated food collection effort of the year. For more information on how your organization can participate or how you can donate to the food drive, including drop-off location details, please visit jewishphilly.org/fooddrive, or email [email protected]
Nov. 10, 2016
The Jewish Federation’s Main Event has become the opportunity each year for hundreds of caring men and women to enjoy an evening together celebrating the Jewish community. Main Event Chairs Beth and David Blum and Meredith and Stephen Moss invite you to this year’s evening of outstanding entertainment and community building, being held on Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Please Touch Museum, located at 4231 Avenue of the Republic in Philadelphia.
The evening’s special guest will be Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen, host and executive producer of Watch What Happens: Live. He is the executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and hosts Bravo’s highly rated reunion specials. He tours nationally with Anderson Cooper on AC2, hosts Then & Now with Andy Cohen on Bravo and Radio Andy on Sirius XM. He has won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work and is the author of two bestsellers in The New York Times, Most Talkative and The Andy Cohen Diaries. All Main Event guests will receive a pre-release copy of Cohen’s forthcoming autobiography Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries.
A variety of outstanding Main Event corporate partnership opportunities are still available. The cost for the evening is $125 per person, which includes a cocktail reception with delicious food stations, the program and dessert. All community members age 21 and over are welcome; there is no minimum Jewish Community Fund gift to attend. While online pre-registration closes Nov. 3, a limited number of walk-in registrations may be welcomed.
To register or for more information, please visit jewishphilly.org/mainevent, email [email protected]
or call the Main Event hotline at 215-832-0843. For corporate partnership details, please contact Rachel Sigman, senior development officer, at [email protected]
Super Sunday at JRA
Feb. 12, 2017
With the new year will come an exciting new partnership for the Jewish Federation’s annual Super Sunday phon-a-thon. On Feb. 12, 2017, families and community members of all ages are invited to participate in the Jewish community’s single-largest day of fundraising being held for the first time ever at the JRA Warehouse on 10980 Dutton Road in Philadelphia.
From 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., community members can participate in this full-day opportunity to make a hands-on difference in Jewish lives. Throughout the morning, volunteers will be packing and delivering food to Greater Philadelphia families in need through JRA, which receives funding from the Jewish Federation to support its hunger relief efforts. During the afternoon and evening, volunteers will be on the phones, calling Jewish Federation donors to ask them for their vital campaign gifts. Chairing this year’s Super Sunday event are Sharon and Joel Freedman and Lee Ann and Scott Erlbaum.
Groups are welcome to sign up; busing can be arranged for groups of 20 or more. Additionally, a variety of corporate partnership opportunities are available. While volunteers are asked to sign up for shift times, everyone is welcome to come at any point during the day and stay for any amount of time. To register
or for more information, visit jewishphilly.org/supersunday, email [email protected]
or call the Super Sunday hotline at 215-832-0630.