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Scotch Plains Resident to co-chair Super Sunday Phonathon

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ, -- Steve Weisbrot of Scotch Plains is among the chairs of this year’s Super Sunday, the annual fund-raising phonathon and day of community building in support of the United Jewish Appeal Campaign of Greater MetroWest NJ (UJA). Super Sunday will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Wilf Jewish Community Campus in Scotch Plains.

The largest community fundraiser of the year, donations support the work of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation), which through its partner agencies, is the community safety net for people in need locally, in Israel, and around the world. Encompassing Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset County, Federation not only cares for those in need, it builds Jewish life and saves the world, one person at a time, every day. Through the Super Sunday phonathon, the Federation seeks to broaden its base of supporters at all levels.

Weisbrot is joined by co-chairs Ken Rotter of Westfield, Aaron and Jessica Wolff of Denville, and Ron Silbermann of Randolph.

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“I volunteer for Super Sunday because it is the one day all year where we can get together as a community and work together, shoulder-to-shoulder, with a singular goal in mind,” Weisbrot said. “As a first-time chair and father to two wonderful young children, I am trying to focus my efforts on increasing awareness among young families in our community. I consider my duty to educate my peer group about the breadth and depth of good work that we do here in GMW so that when Super Sunday rolls around, they already know why they should want to be involved."

While the full-day phonathon takes center stage, the programs and activities for all ages make Super Sunday a community celebration and day of social action. Many new and innovative family activities will be held this year at one or both campuses, including “CAN-orah,” building a giant menorah with canned foods that will later be donated to local food banks and the Jewish Relief Agency; children listening to PJ Library stories while participating in a Drum Circle (drums provided); a Ga-ga competition (Israeli version of dodgeball); MitzvahMania social action opportunities for tweens and young families; and a Make Your Own Hanukkah Crafts session. A Family Fun Day will also be held for children of all ages with special needs and their families in Scotch Plains.

Teens and college students can also join in the day’s buzz, participating in a call session from 5-8 p.m. in Whippany with the help of Federation’s Rishonim (young Israeli emissaries). This spirited event will include prizes, free food, and the chance to earn community service hours. For those living in the Scotch Plains area, a “Fun” bus will leave the Wilf Campus at 4:15 p.m. and return at 9.

Other activities include a toy and food drive, blood drive, bone marrow registry, and vendor marketplace on site with Judaica and other gift items.

Organizers, recognizing that the concept of picking up a phone and asking for money may be a bit daunting, will provide phone solicitation training on site. Kosher meals and snacks are provided to all volunteers and their families. Those unable to volunteer are asked to make as generous a donation as possible when called.

And local residents can also join in the national #GivingTuesday (#GT) initiative on Dec. 2, a day dedicated to giving back by celebrating and encouraging charitable activities. Residents from across the community will participate in a community challah bake at the Community FoodBank of NJ, with 700 challahs to be braided and baked for clients of Jewish Family Service agencies and local kosher food pantries. They can also donate new toys and non-perishable food items at #GivingTuesday bins around the community, many of which will be incorporated into some of the Super Sunday activities. Learn more at www.jfedgmw.org/GivingTuesday.

Volunteer today! To register for the phonathon and see the complete Super Sunday schedule, visit www.jfedgmw.org/supersunday or call (973) 929-3010.

 

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