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Please Live Generously; Answer the Call

[Archived from February 20, 2009]

[by Shiela Steinman Wallace]

Super Sunday, the telethon for the 2009 Federation Annual Campaign is February 22. Volunteers will be making calls to members of the Jewish community asking people to make their pledges. But what does the Federation Annual Campaign do and why should you contribute?

When someone loses a job or fears losing a job, Jewish Family and Career Services is there to help that individual refine his/her resume, hone job hunting and interviewing skills and to do a career assessment. When the client can’t afford the fees for these services, JFCS offers a sliding scale, charging only what the person can afford, because the Federation Annual Campaign covers the difference.

When a senior comes to the Jewish Community Center for a hot kosher lunch but can only pay a dollar, that person will enjoy a full nutritious meal in the company of friends because the meal is underwritten by the Federation Annual Campaign.

When a college student needs help dealing with anti-Israel propaganda on campus, Hillel is ready to help. Operated by the Jewish Community Federation, Hillel also provides Shabbat dinners and free tickets to Jewish events to keep Jewish students connected and build their identities. Hillel is funded by the Federation Annual Campaign.

When a Jewish child wants to attend a JCC summer camp, but his/her family can’t afford the tuition, scholarships to defray the cost are available because of the Federation Annual Campaign.

When membership at the JCC becomes a luxury item a Jewish family can no longer afford, assistance is provided through the Federation Annual Campaign.

When adults seek Jewish education designed for them, the Melton Adult Mini School offers them a chance to learn in a rewarding and supportive environment. Melton is made possible by the Federation Annual Campaign.

When rockets from Gaza fall on Sderot, Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel is on the scene to provide counseling for traumatized youngsters and to take them on outings for fun activities in safe places because JAFI receives support from the Federation Annual Campaign.

A kindergarten class in Poland has Jewish educational materials and games, and a community in Ukraine has classes to train Hebrew teachers because the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) benefits from the Federation Annual Campaign.

These are just a few examples of what you make possible when you support the Federation Annual Campaign.

This year, the need is greater than ever. The downturn in the economy has hurt us all, and devastated some. It is up to those of us who still have jobs, homes and adequate food and clothing to provide for those who don’t.

When a volunteer calls on Super Sunday, please live generously and make a meaningful pledge to the 2009 Federation Annual Campaign. You can pay it out through the rest of the year. You can even put it on your credit card or arrange for automatic monthly payments.

The Campaign also needs some additional volunteers. The telethon will continue from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mitzvah Monday, February 23, and Tzedakah Thursday, February 26, to call on people who were not reached on Super Sunday.
If you can help make calls, please contact Tzivia Levin, 618-5308 or tzivial@jcfl.com.

The Super Sunday Committee includes Co-Chairs Lisa and Howard Kaplin, Jeff Feinberg, Deborah Goldberg, Adam Neft, Laurence Nibur, Kim Norton and Nikki Russman.

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