Building Community Spirit During Super Sunday


Federation Super Sunday, the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community’s largest single day of fundraising, is a prime example of community building.

Federation Super Sunday, the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community’s largest single day of fundraising, is a prime example of community building. On Sunday, Feb. 10, singles, couples, families, young people, older adults, business and professional leaders, synagogues, agencies and other organizations and individuals will come together at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on Federation’s Schwartz Campus in Bryn Mawr for a common cause. Together, they will raise funds for programs that combat hunger and food insecurities, support older adults in their desire to live independently and with dignity, give young people access to education and camp experiences that build a strong Jewish identity and provide a lifeline of other critical health, education and humanitarian services to Jews here in Greater Philadelphia, in Israel and in the former Soviet Union.

Super Sunday volunteers will call upon their friends and neighbors during the daylong phon-a-thon to contribute to the “community chest” that makes all of these initiatives possible — the 2013 Federation Community Campaign.

Co-chairs Jen and Michael Willner and Robin and Greg Zappin have worked hard to make Super Sunday a family affair. Families who volunteer during the morning hours can take advantage of some wonderful creative children’s programming. Local artist Leigh Bednoff will lead a creative arts movement class between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., followed by a “Little Hands Make A Big Difference” program from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. PJ Library will present a program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Nancy Hart of Moonbounce Express will return to entertain children  with her popular spin art from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Board games and arts and crafts will keep small fry occupied throughout the day while their parents or grandparents work the phones. Free child care is available for infants and toddlers courtesy of professional staff from the Klein JCC. 

Fourth- and fifth-grade students will have an opportunity to build the Old City section of Jerusalem during Super Sunday. This construction project does not require special clothing or tools as the young people will bring the capital of our Jewish homeland to life using 50,000 Lego pieces.

Distinguished architect Stephen Schwartz will help students construct the complex structure in the Barrack Hebrew Academy gymnasium from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participating students will be asked to arrive at 1:30 p.m. and should wear socks. As space is limited, all interested builders should register on to participate.

And speaking of our Jewish homeland — the 2012 Mega Mission to Israel may be over, but participants are encouraged to keep their memories alive by sharing photos and experiences during a special reunion program hosted by Super Sunday leadership. Enjoy lunch at 1 p.m. with ample time for schmoozing, swapping pictures and viewing mission videos produced by filmmaker and entertainer Sally Mitlas.

Families with children may participate in the Lego building project in the gymnasium, then join fellow Mission participants for a special stint on the phones. All are invited to remain for the Leadership Cocktail reception which begins at 5 p.m.

Also new at Super Sunday this year is a Board of Rabbis Tea. Super Sunday leadership has invited all local rabbis and their spouses to gather at 3 p.m. for a program designed to honor them for the educational, spiritual and emotional support they provide to the community. Following the tea, many will go down to the phoning floor to engage in the mitzvah of helping those in need who depend on services funded by Federation.

There is plenty of free parking available at the Barrack Hebrew Academy, located at 272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr. Volunteers may register for one of three shifts: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — or feel free to spend the entire day and enjoy great kosher food, an agency fair, free child care and children’s programming and much more.

Super Sunday is sponsored by:  Blank Rome, LLP;  Jewish Exponent; Canada Dry; CSG Global; Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy;  Klein JCC; Stonehenge Advisors, Inc.; A-Best Vending; Keystone Volvo Berwyn-Doylestown; Morris, Gary, Bill Novick, Novick Brother Corporation; Philip Rosenau Company, Inc.; Quality Express Coffee; Savran Benson, LLP;  and Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer and Toddy, P.C.

To register, or for more information, visit: or call 215-832-0630.

Don’t Miss the Super Sunday Leadership Cocktail Hour

At Federation’s Super Sunday on Feb. 10, there will be an excellent way for volunteers (21 and over) to either start off or cap off their Super Sunday phoning: at the Leadership Cocktail Hour. 

Volunteers are invited to celebrate their Super Sunday involvement beginning at 5 p.m. — drinks and appetizers will be served in the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy lobby. This is an opportunity both for Federation to thank volunteers for their generous support and for volunteers to meet others who are committed to strengthening the Jewish world.

Please RSVP for the cocktail hour when you are registering for Super Sunday at:


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