Ever since she can remember, Margie Berg has been involved in Super Sunday.
“I was a kid in the New Haven Jewish community when I first started volunteering. My parents were very involved,” she recalls. “So I have always volunteered for Super Sunday.”
Berg and Michelle Anfang are serving as co-chairs of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ Super Sunday on Sunday, March 6. The event, which raises funds for the 2011 Federation Annual Campaign, is the most important fundraiser for the Jewish Federation.
More than 100 volunteers of all ages from throughout the community turn out every year for Super Sunday, the largest Jewish community fundraising event in Western Massachusetts. During the course of the day, thousands of current and new donors will be contacted for pledges to the campaign.
This is the second time Berg has co-chaired Super Sunday.
Berg arrived in Longmeadow in 1992 to join the staff of the Jewish Federation, so she worked on Super Sunday as a Federation staff member for several years.
Now an active lay person in the Jewish community, she still volunteers each year on Super Sunday.
“I think it is important obviously for fundraising purposes. The more money we raise the more money we have to distribute, so anybody who is concerned about the welfare of the Jewish community I would think would want to participate.
“And also just in terms of community-building and outreach, it is a nice way for people to come together. There is a lot of excitement around the day. There is a high energy level. It is fun to see everybody and just be together as a community. That community building component is equally important.”
This is the first year Michelle Anfang has co-chaired Super Sunday. A member of the board of the Jewish Federation for the past years, she has volunteered at Super Sunday for the past two years. She lives in Longmeadow with her husband, Stuart, who is president of Temple Beth El, and their two children.
“I I think Super Sunday is a very exciting community-wide event,” Anfang said. “It gives a chance for people in all different areas of the Jewish community to be involved in one project so that is really exciting to me. And it also brings in all ages. It is a real day of solidarity.”
Super Sunday raises funds for local agencies including the Hebrew High School of New England, Heritage Academy, Jewish Family Service, Lander~Grinspoon Academy, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, the Resource Center for Jewish Education, the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center at Temple Beth El, Sinai Temple Religious School, the Springfield JCC, and UMass Hillel. The annual campaign also helps Jews in need in Israel and in more than 70 countries around the world.
An additional follow-up calling session is scheduled for Sunday, March 13. This year, volunteers can make calls from both the Upper Valley and Lower Valley locations—at the Federation’s office in the Springfield JCC and at Lander~Grinspoon Academy in Northampton.
Prizes will be given away throughout the day, including the “Golden Phone Award”—a $1,000 prize to the beneficiary agency with the highest number of Super Sunday volunteers. Prizes will be raffled off to volunteers who obtain pledges from new donors, as well as to new donors themselves. Prizes include an iPod, tickets to Springfield Armour basketball games, and much more.
Gary Rome Hyundai is Super Sunday’s Gold Sponsor. Businesses or individuals who would like to donate prizes or become corporate sponsors can call Debbie Peskin at (413) 737-4313, ext. 121.