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Super Sunday '09: A Good Investment

January 15, 2009 By:
Amy Purdy, JF Feature
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From seasoned volunteers to first-time participants, Super Sunday 2009 is an opportunity to be part of the collective power of our caring community.

"I've been a volunteer for as long as there's been Super Sunday in Philadelphia. I just love the camaraderie and the excitement of raising funds to help those in need," says dedicated Federation volunteer Dick Berman.

Super Sunday, which takes place on Jan. 25 at Federation's Radnor campus in Bryn Mawr, is the community's largest one-day fundraising event.

Organizers plan to convey the excitement of the day to the youngest members of the community -- the children.

"In a very palpable way, we hope to transmit positive feelings -- about community and about helping those less fortunate -- to the next generation" notes Ira M. Schwartz, Federation CEO.

Two performances are on tap for children ages 5 to 11 who will be coming to Super Sunday with their parents. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Professor Bob will entertain and inform with his hands-on science act. His show reveals how special effects are created and includes making a favorite kid item -- slime! Miss Lisa, an interactive, acrobatic performance artist, teaches the joy of being Jewish and doing mitzvot through her circus-like show. She will perform from 11 a.m. to noon.

"We've created a day that will be both meaningful and fun for children," says Aryn Folkman, who together with Lisa Hofferman are this year's Children's Programming co-chairs.

"Children are invited to decorate tzedakah boxes to use at home, and to make cards and letters for delivery to children who live in Netivot," explains Folkman. Netivot is one of Philadelphia's Partnership 2000 communities in Israel, which has been hard-hit by bombs from Gaza.

Super Sunday '09 will be as volunteer-friendly as it is child-friendly. Berman says "the online video training is fabulous." He speaks from experience, having coordinated on-site volunteer training for several years.

"It's convenient -- it only takes seven minutes to view the lively training video in the comfort of your home," he says. "When volunteers arrive at Super Sunday, they'll be ready to begin calling." (Online volunteer training can be viewed at: www.jewishphilly.org/supersunday. For those without computer access, training will be available on-site throughout the day.)

Super Sunday is the kickoff for the 2009 Jewish Community Fund, which supports those who are most vulnerable in Philadelphia, Israel and overseas. Because of the challenging economy and the crisis in Israel, critical needs addressed by the Jewish Community Fund are expected to increase, making Super Sunday pledges even more essential.

All community individuals and groups are urged to register for either the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. phoning sessions online at: www.jewishphilly.org/supersunday or by calling 215-832-0630. Volunteers are invited to stay for as much time as they prefer during phoning sessions. Food will be available throughout the day.

To arrange group transportation for 20 or more, e-mail: Qbraxton @philafederation.org or call the Super Sunday hotline, 215-832-0630.

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