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Super Sunday Phonathon Raises Funds for Community Members in Need

Friday, November 15, 2013 • 1:37pm

Super Sunday, the annual fundraising phonathon and day of community building in support of the United Jewish Appeal Campaign of Greater MetroWest NJ (UJA), will take place on December 8, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany, and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wilf Jewish Community Campus in Scotch Plains.

The largest community fundraiser of the year, donations support the work of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation), which through its beneficiary agencies, is the community safety net caring for people in need locally, in Israel and around the world. Encompassing Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset County, Federation is dedicated to building Jewish identity and community today and for future generations by connecting people to Jewish experiences and places to express themselves Jewishly in personally meaningful ways.

“Super Sunday is the single most important day on the Federation calendar. Our ability to provide vital assistance to the most vulnerable in our community both locally and in Israel depends on Super Sunday's success. That is why we hope everyone will do their best to step up in whatever way they can,” said Bethany Nadel and Ken Rotter of Westfield, Super Sunday co-chairs.

“To us, it’s about community. We’re all here to help and support each other. Whether you directly need the aid of Federation or its partner agencies you are receiving the benefit by living in the community. It’s important we continue to give back to the community that serves us so there is a community for the next generation,” said Jessica and Aaron Wolff of Denville. 

While the full-day phonathon takes center stage, the programs and activities for all ages make Super Sunday a community celebration and day of social action.

Highlights of this year’s Super Sunday include:

  • Rock and Wrap@Super Sunday (Noon-2 p.m., Scotch Plains; 2-4 p.m., Whippany

Rock out with a DJ while wrapping gifts for those less fortunate. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift appropriate for any age. Gifts will be donated to local Greater MetroWest agencies, other local charitable organizations, and Hurricane Sandy victims. All ages welcome.

  • Early Childhood Family Activities, 10 a.m.-Noon., Scotch Plains: Story time with PJ Library® and other activities; 10:30-11:30 a.m., Whippany: Story time with PJ Library® and Family Shvitz Dance® – Horas and all kinds of Jewish dancing and fun (New this year!)
  • Yoga- New this year! 9 a.m., Scotch Plains: Adult Yoga; 11-11:30 a.m., Scotch Plains: Family Yoga; 3 p.m., Whippany: Adult Yoga
  • Family Fun Day – New this year! 1-3 p.m., Scotch Plains: For children of all ages with special needs and their families
  • Teen/College Student Call Session, 5-8 p.m., Whippany

Other activities include a blood drive, bone marrow registry, non-perishable food and coat drive, and a non-prescription medication drive. Vendors will be on site with Judaica and other gift items.

Phone solicitation training is provided onsite. Kosher meals and snacks are provided to all volunteers and their families. Those unable to volunteer are asked to make as generous a donation as possible when called.

Volunteer today! To register for the phonathon and see the complete Super Sunday schedule, visit www.jfedgmw.org/supersunday or call (973) 929-3010.

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) stands at the center of a network of partner agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive social services and meeting the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Responding to emergency and disaster situations around the world is another important part of the Federation mission.

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