Super Sunday—Today, Tomorrow, Together

September 4, 2020

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Sunday, September 13, 10 am–1 pm

The past year has brought extraordinary challenges to the entire planet which have resulted in massive changes to the way we all do “business.” The Jewish community of Tidewater has certainly not been exempt from those changes—as anyone who’s “attended” a meeting or cultural arts event since mid-March can attest.

Neither has the community’s beloved Super Sunday phone-a-thon event been safe from change. So, while it won’t look like past Super Sundays it will still serve to bring the community together—if not physically—than certainly in spirit and in mission.

On Sunday, September 13, volunteers from across the Jewish community will “come together” via zoom and in small groups to “make the calls that make a difference” in the lives of so many here at home and around the Jewish world.

So whether it’s a small, socially distanced group meeting under a tent on the back lawn of the Sandler Family Campus, at Ohef Sholom Temple, or a group of friends on the porch or back deck of a friend’s house, or even individuals calling from their own living or dining rooms, this Super Sunday will once again aim to reach every member of the Jewish community of Tidewater—to ask for support for the Campaign which funds the programs and services that make Jewish Tidewater one worth celebrating.

In a year like this one, with challenges unlike any we could have predicted, needs will be greater. Understanding that the longer we live in a COVID-lockdown world, the greater will be the demands on area organizations and their resources, and the more we will have to look for new, safe ways of coming together to help one another. Fundraising will be more important than ever. Every dollar…every donor…every volunteer who asks others to help…these will allow the community to remain strong and vital and prepared for the post-COVID-future.

So, when your phone rings on Sunday, September 13 between 10 am and 1 pm, please answer the call. If you’re able to help support the community, please say “YES” when your volunteer caller asks for a gift to the 2021 Community Campaign. The support we offer TODAY will ensure a better TOMORROW, because TOGETHER we can build a stronger Jewish community.

To volunteer to make calls on Super Sunday, 10–11:30 am or 11:30 am to 1 pm, contact Amy Zelenka at 757-965-6139 or azelenka@ujft.org. Say whether you prefer to come to a small socially-distanced gathering at a location in Virginia Beach or Norfolk, or if you’d prefer to make calls from home. The call training, call script, thank you notes and donor giving history info that is needed to be successful will all be provided.

- Amy Zelenka

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