Every year, hundreds of volunteers come together to make the call during Super Sunday to raise critical funds which benefit the entire South Jersey community and beyond. This year, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey (JFSNJ) will host its largest annual phon-a-thon-style fundraiser on February 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The goal is to raise nearly a million dollars— over one-third of the annual JFund campaign.
The money raised on Super Sunday effectuates real change in the community both locally and globally. It goes to programs and services across five Areas of Impact: Older Adults, Special Needs, Global Connections, Community Engagement, and Family & Youth.
More specifically, it supports Holocaust survivors; it gives compassionate healthcare to older adults; affords the special needs community with necessary resources to navigate life; supports the vulnerable in Israel; sends teenagers on meaningful trips to Israel; fights antisemitism; provides refugees fleeing from global crises with shelter; and much more. In addition, a contribution of $36 or more to JFund entitles you to receive the Voice for a year.
To further engage the community around philanthropy, JFSNJ will be combining Super Sunday this year with Community Mitzvah Day. Volunteers ages 13 and up will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on mitzvah projects from 1-3 p.m. There will be many projects, including a Red Cross Blood Drive, a bird feeder making project to benefit Weinberg Commons residents, a Menches with Wrenches program to assist older adults at Saltzman House with simple household tasks, birthday card making for the older adult community, Soup in a Jar ingredient assembly to be donated to food-insecure community members, which is sponsored by BBYO J-Serve, and more.
Melissa Leibowitz, director of Engagement at JFSNJ, noted that it’s a great way to participate in community building. “This is a perfect opportunity for everyone of all ages to get involved and to see what we do here at Federation,” she said.
Last year, due to Covid-19, Super Sunday was all-virtual. This year, those making the call can do so in-person or virtually. Support of JFund helps those in need. When we work together as a community toward achieving a common goal, amazing things happen.
By giving a gift, you’re leaving a mark on this community and Jewish life around the world. You are also helping to model philanthropy and tikkun olam (repairing the world) for the next generation.
You can learn more and sign up to volunteer at jewishsouthjersey.org/supersunday