2018-01-17 / Editorial

Super Sunday benefits both volunteers and recipients


Judaism teaches that the donors of tzedakah benefit as much or more than the recipients of charitable giving or acts. Anyone who has ever been part of Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey’s largest fundraising event of the year, knows how true that could be.

The community-wide phon-a-thon, which takes place on the Jewish Community Campus on January 28, has the feel of a festival. Some 300 volunteers from across the region step up to make calls or otherwise support this massive effort to spread the word to thousands of fellow South Jersey residents about the ever increasing needs of Jews locally, in Israel and worldwide. These volunteers run the gamut from seniors to young children. Whole families – children, parents and even grandparents – often show up together. It is such a powerful way to teach children the power of tzedakah and passing on the importance of tikkun olam from one generation to the next.

For those who can’t make it in person, answering the call of the volunteers is just as vital. Last year’s effort raised more than $ 1-million for JFund, which was used to ensure the continuity of a vibrant Jewish community here, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the globe.

If you want to take part in this experience, we encourage you to join your friends and neighbors on Sunday, Jan. 28. There are also numerous opportunities to be involved in the follow-up Super Week. For registration and more information, visit www.jewishsouthjersey.org/supersunday.

Both those gathered at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, and those who answer the call that day and during Super Week, will be showing their support for our community. Your Jewish brothers and sisters count on your help, and you will benefit from the feeling of having done a powerful mitzvah. 

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