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October 21, 2016  RSS feed
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Super Sunday calls to go out on Nov. 6

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will hold its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The idea is to reach as many households as possible in Pinellas and Pasco counties to seek support for the work of the Federation. That includes local programming such as the popular PJ Library, the upcoming community-wide Chanukah celebration and support of the Jewish Press; regional programs like the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and the Florida Holocaust Museum; and international programs to help rescue Jews from imperiled in unfriendly countries and provide assistance to Israelis with disabilities among others.

“We are moving the phonea thon to the beginning of the Campaign so it will have a greater impact and our volunteers can connect more with our donors,” said Elana Gootson, the Federation’s Director of Development. Traditionally Super Sunday has been held in late January or February.

One thing that won’t change this year is the location of the phone-a-thon. Superior Uniform Group’s CEO, Michael Benstock, will once again lend the company’s cafeteria and call center to the Federation for the event.

“The space is really great and allows us to have multiple mini events happening at the same time,” said Super Sunday chair Becca Tieder.

In addition to the dozens of volunteers who will raise thousands of dollars in a few short hours, there will be long cafeteria tables filled with children making crafts and playing with LEGOs while young adults from the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (JLTI) and the Fed Fellows program will be on hand to help out in various ways.

“We’re really excited for the phone-a-thon volunteers to see the family programming the money they are raising will support,” said Federation Executive Director Emilie Socash. “At the same time, the young adults benefiting from JLTI will see the phone-a-thon volunteers making calls to raise the funds that will pay for next year’s nine weeks of classes. The children will see both young adults paying it forward and volunteers asking others for tzedekah. It really exemplifies what Federation is all about!”

JLTI aims to encourage and develop emerging young leaders from the Tampa Bay area and inspire them to get involved and take on leadership roles in their local Jewish communities.

Super Sunday is a national initiative offered by the Federation system seeking to reach donors at their homes to confirm their support of the 2017 Campaign for Our Jewish Future.

When the phone rings on Nov. 6, community members are asked to answer the call and make a generous donation.

Campaign support helps strengthen Jewish identity for the future by funding PJ Library, Jewish camp scholarships, Birthright, young adult engagement and Jewish leadership training.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Elana Gootson at (727) 530-3223 or e-mail egootson@jewishpinellas.org.


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