The 2010 Federation Super Sunday leadership has worked hard to made certain that the Sunday, Jan. 10 Jewish Community Fund phone-a-thon at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on the Federation Radnor Campus in Bryn Mawr is family-friendly.
Families with young children under the age of 6 may register for the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. phoning session, and take advantage of free childcare provided by Federation Early Learning Services professionals. Older kids who come to the early session may choose from a broad variety of activities coordinated by sisters-in-law Lee Ann Erlbaum and Alison Sussman, Super Sunday entertainment co-chairs.
David Zeidman Entertainment of Bryn Mawr has graciously donated face-painting, balloon artistry and sand art. There will also be a variety of arts-and-crafts projects throughout the morning. The "Mad Scientist" will engage children in interactive science experiments from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Hatman, aka Larry Oxenberg, has also donated his services to Super Sunday. Beginning at 11:15 a.m., he will entertain children with his signature silly hat collection, and use his guitar and vocal abilities to lead them in song.
Erlbaum, the owner of Under the Icing, which makes custom cakes and desserts in Lafayette Hill, will lead a cookie-decorating workshop.
"Our goal for Super Sunday is to keep the kids really happy while their parents are working the phones. We thought outside of the box this year with really exciting entertainers and fun workshops, like cookie-decorating," she said.
During the break between the two phoning sessions, LimmudPhilly will offer interactive Jewish learning experiences for people of all ages.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann of West Philadelphia's Kol Tzedek congregation, and a founding co-chair of LimmudPhilly, will lead a session on social justice.
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth, director of Hillel of Greater Phila-delphia's Jewish Graduate Student Network, will discuss the power of speech to hurt and heal. Artist and rabbinic student Jona-than Kremer and his wife, Ellen, an occupational therapist, will demonstrate how to create illustrated Shabbat booklets with traditional blessings in English, Hebrew and transliteration. All sessions are free, and no advance selection is required.
Throughout the day, Jewish communal groups will showcase their programs, services and opportunities for volunteer involvement during the Super Sunday Agency Fair. Addie Lewis Klein, Federation's volunteer coordinator, reports that Federation, Barrack Hebrew Academy, Limmud Philly and Federation Early Learning Services will participate in the fair, as well as the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, the Jewish Family and Children's Service, Torah Academy, the Jewish Relief Agency, the Klein JCC, the Jewish Employment and Vocational Service, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society, ACAJE/JOP and the Abramson Center for Jewish Life.
Register for Super Sunday by calling the hotline at 215-832-0630 or by signing up online at: www.jewishphilly.org/ supersunday (by Jan. 7).