By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing
Are you looking for a meaningful way to start the new year?
How about making a difference in the lives of seniors, campers and Jews all over the world?
The Jewish Federation will host its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon and community mitzvah day on Jan. 31, which offers the opportunity to give in a variety of ways. The event is being co-chaired by Brian and Emily Ford.
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 2016 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 superhero-themed PJ Library program will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the auxiliary auditorium. The program will feature special musical guests Cantor Ellen Sussman from Temple Shirat Shalom and her husband David Vaida and will include stories, songs, snacks, crafts and more. The first 50 children will receive free superhero T-shirts.
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.
Beginning at 1 p.m., when the morning calling shift concludes, mitzvah projects will focus on two of the Federation’s major beneficiary agencies — the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Service.
At Camp JCC in Center Valley, volunteers will roll up their sleeves to paint buildings for next summer.
“Camp JCC is important to so many families in this community, and the volunteers make such a difference,” said Brenda Finberg, Camp JCC director.
Through Jewish Family Service, volunteers will be bringing friendly smiles to local senior residential facilities.
“Last year, our volunteers had so many meaningful moments with the residents they visited,” said Carol Wilson,
JFS clinical coordinator of older adult services. “The residents are already looking forward to this year’s visit.”
An orientation will be held at 1 p.m. at the JCC before volunteers are dispatched.