The 2008 Super Sunday Committee has worked hard to provide a varied lineup of youth-oriented music, dance and arts-and-crafts programs to keep children of volunteers engaged and entertained during the Sunday, Jan. 27 daylong phone-a-thon at Federation's Radnor Campus in Bryn Mawr.
Committee member Sharon Taffet believes that the programming will "add to the festive atmosphere of this special day, when the whole community is mobilized in one central location to make calls on behalf of their fellow Jews in need."
Taffet stated that the programming kicks off with a performance by Larry the Hat Man from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
From noon to 1 p.m., children's entertainer Karen Sheintoch will present a musical program called "The Fun One Way" targeted at children ages 4 to 7.
"Karen encourages children to be all that they can be in this uplifting program that emphasizes respect for oneself and others, and performing good deeds," said Taffet.
Musician Harold Messinger will perform from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by Israeli dancing led by Don Schillinger.
Arts-and-crafts activities will include such mitzvah-driven projects as creating cards for Israeli soldiers, as well as local seniors. Other special family-themed events will include Yiddish storytelling.
Super Sunday volunteer Andrea Gottlieb said that volunteers from the Jewish Outreach Partnership, a project of Federation led by Rabbi Phillip Warmflash, will also read to children from Yiddish picture books.
Gottlieb noted that the storytelling is one of a series of projects to be presented to the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community throughout the year as part of the "One Book, One Jewish Community" initiative, designed to bring the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Community together through shared conversations, discussions and events stimulated by the 2007-08 selection, Outwitting History, by Aaron Lansky.
Synagogues, agencies and other Jewish institutions will adopt the selected book as a vehicle for conversation, sharing and celebrating not only the book itself, but also the values and issues raised in the story about a man who decided to devote his life to saving as many Yiddish books as possible.
According to Gottlieb, the Super Sunday Yiddish storytelling project is designed to inspire families share in the beauty of the Yiddish language and culture. "If you share these stories with children when they are young, they will remember them when they are older and, hopefully, pass them on to the next generation," she said.
Federation Early Learning Services will provide child care from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. during Super Sunday. Children ages 2 to 5 must be registered in order to attend.
To register, call the Super Sunday hotline number at 215-832-0630, or register online at: www.jewishphilly.org.