Super Sunday is the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s largest intergenerational day of community-building, fun and philanthropy. Families, groups and individuals of all ages are welcome to spend part — or even all — of Feb. 12 with hundreds of other caring community members to Carry the Light.
For the first time, the Jewish Federation is hosting Super Sunday at the warehouse of the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) located at 10980 Dutton Road in Northeast Philadelphia. From 1 to 8 p.m., after JRA’s monthly food packaging and deliveries, volunteers will call Jewish Federation supporters and ask them to renew their commitment to the Jewish Federation and to the many organizations it supports, like JRA.
Super Sunday is graciously being led by co-chairs Sharon and Joel Freedman and Lee Ann and Scott Erlbaum. “We are honored to be co-chairing Super Sunday 2017 with Lee Ann and Scott Erlbaum,” said Sharon and Joel Freedman. “This year, we are especially excited about our new venue, the JRA warehouse, and about our ninth annual community showcase, which will give everyone the opportunity to learn more about our partners.”
Co-chairs Lee Ann and Scott Erlbaum added: “We are thrilled to be co-chairing the Jewish Federation’s Super Sunday 2017 at JRA. This is a unique opportunity for a day of volunteering for both great organizations. The Jewish Federation is the glue that binds the Jewish community in the Delaware Valley. Super Sunday volunteers are crucial in helping the Jewish Federation support the countless Jewish institutions and related programs that many of us and our families rely on, including JRA.”
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – JRA food distribution
1-8 p.m. – Super Sunday calling
Three calling shifts, come for one or stay for all three
1-3 p.m. — First shift
1-5 p.m. — Children’s activities for children 5+
2-5 p.m. — Community showcase
3-5 p.m. — Second shift
5-8 p.m. — Third shift
“The volunteers who attend Super Sunday and those who answer the call that day — together — make a vital commitment to our Jewish Federation,” said the Freedmans. “Each individual will feel they are a part of something bigger. This is a true partnership between volunteers, donors, the Jewish Federation and all of our supported programs around the world.”
Features of Super Sunday 2017 include:
- Super Sunday will be going wireless. Please bring your own cell phone and charger to make your calls. There will be extra chargers on hand, and free Wi-Fi will be available.
- Online volunteer training at jewishphilly.org/supersunday. There will be no day-of training this year, though staff members will be available to provide one-on-one assistance.
- A toiletries drive to provide community members in need with basic necessities. Please bring soap, shampoo and other new, unopened personal care items to donate.
- The Ninth Annual Community Showcase, being held this year in the same room as the phoning, featuring dozens of communal organizations.
- Plenty of convenient parking. You can park at the JRA warehouse or on the streets near the warehouse; at the nearby KleinLife building at 10100 Jamison Ave. in Philadelphia (a shuttle will take you from KleinLife to JRA); or at certain lots near JRA.
- Bus service is available from locations throughout Greater Philadelphia including the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, Shir Ami in Bucks County, and the Jewish Community Services Building at 21st and Arch streets in Center City Philadelphia.
“Please join us and bring your whole family,” said the Erlbaums. “What a great opportunity to enrich your soul, have a little fun and lend some of your time to support your Jewish community. We look forward to seeing you on February 12th.”
To sign up for Super Sunday, visit jewishphilly.org/supersunday. For additional information, contact Adam Clements, Jewish Federation’s community campaign manager, at 215-832-0684 or [email protected].
Super Sunday ’17 FAQs
What time are the Super Sunday phoning/letter writing shifts?
There will be three shifts:
What if I can’t bring my own cell phone?
We will have a limited number of cell phones and landline phones for anyone who can’t bring their own phone.
What if I can’t stay for the full shift?
No problem, just register for the time that works best for you and stay as long as you are able.
If I register for the Super Sunday phone-a-thon, am I automatically registered for JRA food packing and deliveries, and vice versa?
No, you must register for each separately. Register online for Super Sunday at jewishphilly.org/
Will glatt kosher food be available?
Yes. The food is being provided by Betty the Caterer under the supervision of Rabbi Benyomin Taub. Boxed lunches will be available, and dinner will be served. Snacks will be available throughout the day as well.
Will there be child care?
This year there will NOT be child care; instead, there will be children’s activities available for children 5 and older from 1 to 5 p.m.
Is the JRA Warehouse heated?
Can I volunteer if I’m not comfortable making calls?
Of course, you are welcome to write letters to donors instead of making calls.
What if I’m not able to preregister for Super Sunday?
Walk-ins will be welcome.
Can I bring a group?
Yes, groups are welcome, and we’ll provide round-trip transportation for groups of 20 or more. Contact Adam Clements at 215-832-0684 for information.
What if it snows on February 12th?
For Super Sunday status updates, visit jewishphilly.org/supersunday or call the Super Sunday hotline at 215-832-0630. Please note: The Super Sunday snow date is March 5, 2017.