Mar 4, 2014

Everyone Counts for Super Sunday Effort in South Palm Beach County

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is counting on the Jewish community to once again answer the call on March 30. “Everyone Counts” is the theme and the goal for the hundreds of excited volunteers planning to participate in the annual Super Sunday Phone-A-Thon taking place at Zinman Hall, 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard, Boca Raton from 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Super Sunday inspires a real call to action and shows that each person makes a difference in the effort to support the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and worldwide.

“Focusing on the individual is quintessential to the success of our efforts,” explained Eric Lebersfeld, who is Co-chairing Super Sunday with his wife, Susan, as well as with Jill and Jeff Shavitz. “Everyone we call on Super Sunday should realize they are so fortunate to live in a community that does so much good and that they, by simply making and fulfilling a pledge, can so easily participate in this great effort.”

It takes a community

“Super Sunday is a way for everyone to make a difference. Whoever can help in any way is valuable to our effort. From teens to seniors, everyone is encouraged and welcome to join us,” said Jill Shavitz, Super Sunday co-chair. “Super Sunday is a day that everyone can feel good about. Every call made and every call answered is important. It feels so good and natural to get involved and to know that everyone is helping build and support the Jewish community.”

From individuals and groups, from country clubs, agencies, synagogues and everyone in between, everyone bands together as one community to support the Federation. Raffle prizes, refreshments and camaraderie make the day fun for the volunteers who only have to commit two hours of their time. The first shift is from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (breakfast served at 9:00 a.m.); second shift 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; third shift 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Teens in grades 8-12 are welcome (accompanied by youth leaders or parents) for the third shift from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Community service hours will be granted, and the top teen fundraisers will receive prizes.

Every donation counts

The future of programs vital to the Jewish community depends on each person to answer their Super Sunday call and to pledge the critical dollars needed. “Everyone counts from a giving aspect too. Each donation, no matter the size, is important to raise essential funds to help others in our Jewish community. For our Federation programs to sustain and thrive, every gift matters. Federation helps and changes lives,” explained Jill Shavitz.

The Super Sunday Mitzvah Project Food Drive is another opportunity to be counted on to fulfill a mitzvah for the community. Donations are needed to stock the shelves of the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services, which provides for more than 600 members of the community. Everyone is asked to contribute non-perishable food items including kosher for Passover food, as well as personal toiletries. Donations will be accepted on Super Sunday, and collection boxes will also be set up in the Federation lobby prior to March 30.

Because the Jewish community flourishes as a whole when individuals step up, Eric Lebersfeld encourages everyone to do their part to support the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County on Super Sunday, “Every volunteer counts. Every dollar counts. Every person in need in counts. Everyone counts.”

Super Sunday is generously sponsored by BB&T, and by In-Kind Sponsors Hotwire Communications, Wizard Creations and Atlas Party Rental. Everyone is invited to become a Telephone Sponsor at $100 per phone.

For information on Super Sunday opportunities or to RSVP, visit jewishboca.org/supersunday or contact Marcy Lippman at 561.852.3271 or marcyl@bocafed.org.

Photo Caption (L-R): Super Sunday Co-chairs: Eric & Susan Lebersfeld, Jeff & Jill Shavitz