Super Sunday is usually known as a quiet day of phone solicitations to benefit the United Jewish Campaign of the Jewish Federation of NEPA.
This year the UJA phone-a-thon was only part of the Super Sunday program held at the Scranton JCC on Sunday September 29, 2013.
The JCC kitchen was buzzing first thing with the crew of volunteers led by Sue Severe, the JCC’s kosher kitchen manager. The free boxed lunch to be offered on Super Sunday consisted of a sandwich (egg salad, tuna or turkey), fruit, snack and a drink. Thank you to the Federation and to Carlucci, Golden, DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. of Dunmore for sponsoring the lunch. And many thanks to our volunteers, Nancy Ben-Dov, Rozzie Ben-Dov, Bernice Ecker, Carol Fishbein, Leah Laury, Shira Laury, Nancy Milano, Millie Myers, Nancy Rainey, Theresa Shonus and Katherine Smith.
The Red Cross was next to “set up shop” in the JCC’s Koppelman Auditorium. Jennifer Williams and Robert Lee, team leaders and the wonderful phlebotomists created the appropriate atmosphere for donations. Tim Frank, Director of Youth Services at the JCC, was the first donor of the day! At the end of the day, Jeanne reported that there were 21 donations, ten of which were “first- timers”! Thank you to Marshall Needle and Walter Gantz who volunteered as escorts and at the canteen area.
Christine Kelly, head of the JCC’s Early Childhood Department and Trish Kuntz of daycare created a wonderful children’s experience in the JCC gym. There was face painting, arts and crafts and the popular bounce house.
The nostalgic sounds of classic Jewish music emanated from the Goodman Lounge. Brothers Alan and Jay Sweifach and Jim Bazewicz of the Hester Street Troupe brought toe tapping and hand clapping to those who enjoyed the upbeat style of clarinet, keyboard and percussion. The group graciously played requests from the audience as well.
The UJA phone-a-thon did take place amidst all the activities in the JCC Linder Room. Mark Silverberg, executive director of the Jewish Federation, led the training and then solicitors, many for the first time, made their phone calls. Organizers said that there had never been so many new solicitors, perhaps due to the different location and time.
Our thanks to our Super Sunday volunteers, Sheila Abdo, Jean Blom, Maggy Bushwick, Mark Davis, Esther Elefant, Jim Ellenbogen, Vera Epshteyn, Joe Fisch, Jeff Ganz, Seth Gross, Ann Herman, Janet Holland, Larry Millikan, Maddy Mogel, Mel Mogel,Barbara Nivert, Louis Nivert, Gwen Pole, Rabbi Dovid Rosenberg, Ellie Sullum and Millie Weinberg.
One of the day’s attendees summed it all up so well by saying “this was a great program. A perfect mix of fun, food and ’tikkun olam’ (responsibility to better the world).”
Thank you to all who support the Jewish Federation of NEPA and its programs.