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SuperSunday slated for March 6

The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts will hold Super Sunday on Sunday, March 6.

An additional follow-up calling session is scheduled for Sunday, March 13.  Dr. Michelle Anfang and Margie Berg are co-chairing this event which will raise funds for the 2011 Federation Annual Campaign.
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~GrinspoonAcademy in Northampton.
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.  As so many in Western Massachusetts, in Israel and around the world continue to depend on Federation-funded services due to a challenging economy, many hundreds of area residents will pledge their support for the most vulnerable during Super Sunday.
Dr. Michelle Anfang noted, “The Annual Campaign is the lifeline of our Jewish community.  It provides vital support to our 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.  Gifts to the Annual Campaign not only serve people throughout Western Massachusetts; they support national programs as well such as Birthright Israel, and help Jews in need in Israel and in more than 70 countries around the world.”
“Super Sunday is one of the most significant fundraising events of the year,” added Ms. Berg, “as it allows us to personally thank both new and long-time donors and explain the considerable impact that is made with this one gift.  Due to the current state of our economy many of our friends and neighbors have availed themselves of the services and aid provided by Federation-funded agencies.  In other countries such as Ukraine, this gift quite literally provides food packages and companionship to elderly, isolated  members of the Jewish community.  A gift to the Annual Campaign is a promise that Jewish social services, Jewish education, and other community organizations like the JCC will remain strong and vibrant for all.”
Numerous 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.  In addition, 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.  Businesses or individuals who would like to donate prizes or become corporate sponsors are encouraged to contact Debbie Peskin at (413) 737-4313, ext. 121.
In addition, a kids’ art project will take place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm where children ages 4 & up can decorate and personalize thank you cards which will be sent to donors who make their pledges on Super Sunday.
For more information, contact Debbie Peskin, Super Sunday Coordinator, at (413) 737-4313, ext. 121.

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