By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing
The Jewish Federation’s annual Super Sunday on Jan. 25 will this year be a community day of service.
In addition to making calls to raise funds for the Jewish community, volunteers will have the opportunity to use their super powers to participate in meaningful mitzvah opportunities.
Beginning at 1 p.m., when the morning calling shift concludes, 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 be able to use their super strength to prepare buildings for next summer. By clearing out space, they will make room for more Israeli programming and also for the Easter Seals program, which will be using the Center Valley grounds.
“Having this day of caring for camp is a great way to get ready for the spring so we can get in there and start getting things done,” said Brenda Finberg, Camp JCC director. “This is phenomenal. I’m very excited.”
Through Jewish Family Service, volunteers will be superheroes to Jewish seniors living in residential facilities. Groups will be assigned to the Bnai Brith House and Country Meadows to bring “bagels and schmear” and some friendly faces.
“Even if it is just for 15 minutes, its letting these community members know that someone else was thinking about them,” said Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper, community impact coordinator for Jewish Family Service. “It’s a true mitzvah.”
An orientation will be held at 1 p.m. at the JCC before volunteers are dispatched.
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 of the 2015 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 guest reader Rabbi Daniel Stein from Bnai Abraham Synagogue and will include stories, songs, snacks, crafts and more. The first 50 children will receive special Super Sunday 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.
To sign up now for a phone-a-thon shift or mitzvah project, call 610-821-5500, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Super Sunday page.