Federation to Bring Force of the Community Together for Mitzvah Day

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a community came together to provide for those in need.

Now, those forces are being called to the front line again as the Jewish Federation hosts its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon and community mitzvah day on Jan. 29.

Whether you choose to make the call, answer the call, or participate in a mitzvah project, may the Fords be with you.

“We block out Super Sunday on our calendars every year,” said Brian Ford, who is co-chairing the event with his wife Emily. “There are so many ways to make a difference that day, and the best part is we can bring our kids and teach them about giving back too.”

Super Sunday will, as always, begin and end with a phone-a-thon and community celebration at the JCC. From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., volunteers will be “making the call,” asking for support for the 2017 Campaign for Jewish Needs. Funds raised help feed the hungry, comfort the elderly and inspire Jewish life and learning in the Lehigh Valley, in Israel and all over the world.

Volunteers can make Super Sunday a family affair. A free PJ Library program will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the auxiliary auditorium featuring a “Bend & Stretch” class with Coach T. There will also be crafts provided by Camp JCC, stories and snacks. The first 50 young Padawans will get a free T-shirt.

BBYO members and Hillel students will be participating in the phone-a-thon, some making thank you calls to those who have already pledged to this year’s campaign.

There will be refreshments provided for both shifts and a few special guests are expected in the morning. All volunteers will receive an orientation before making calls, and a T-shirt.

Between the calling shifts, this year’s mitzvah project will take place at the Atria in Bethlehem at 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will accompany Jewish Family Service to bake a special treat with residents.

“We all have family recipes that we cherish and memories of time spent in our grandparents’ kitchens,” said Chelsea Busch, who is co-chairing the mitzvah project with fellow Young Adult Division member Joy Wernick. “Few things warm the heart like being able to cook together.”

“The residents of Atria truly appreciate the Jewish life that we bring through Shabbat and holiday programs,” said Carol Wilson, JFS clinical coordinator of older adult services. “We hope to make Super Sunday a special day for both the residents and the volunteers.”
To sign up now for a phone-a-thon shift or mitzvah project, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/supersunday, call 610-821-5500 or e-mail aaron@jflv.org.


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