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Thank You for a Successful Super Sunday!

On March 11, nearly 200 volunteers from the community and JCF staff (many of whom dressed in Purim costumes) came together in San Francisco at the Jewish Community High School and Palo Alto at the Oshman Family JCC for Super Sunday – our largest telethon fundraising event of the year. We reached nearly 600 donors, and their response to our work and the impact we are having in the community was positive, enthusiastic, and hugely supportive. In just 10 hours, we raised nearly $700,000 for the annual campaign! Now that’s the power of community! Our deep appreciation goes out to all the volunteers and our generous donors.

A few volunteers offered some thoughts on what Super Sunday means to them and you can see photos from the event on our Facebook page. Enjoy!

Notes on Parental Sacrifices

By Hillel Zand, South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation Board Member
This post originally appeared on Hillel’s blog, American Jewish Teen.

As a board member of the South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation, I am currently at the halfway point in a yearlong process to make a difference. Sounds tough, right? The SPJTF creates a mission statement at the beginning of the year, researches nonprofits that match the mission statement, fundraise, and finally allocate money to deserving organizations at the end of the year. This past Sunday, we took a little field trip to one of Shelter Network’s locations, First Step for Families, which assists homeless families on getting back on their feet by providing a safe shelter for parents and their children, as well as vocational services and therapy.

It wasn’t my first time volunteering for Shelter Network, but this time was, by far, the most moving. After we had served dinner to residents and played with some of the kids, a couple of families came and shared their stories with our board, but one family’s story stuck with me the most.

South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation Board Members pictured from left to right: Jaime Korman, Hillel Zand, Daniel Kahan, and Aliza Cohen

A middle-aged single mom with three kids who had gone through a rough divorce with a drug-addicted husband and was forced to choose between medical attention for her slipped disk or shelter for herself and her kids. When one of our board members asked what she would change or improve about the shelter, she replied with the humblest thing one could say. She said, “Absolutely nothing. Shelter Network has changed my life so much for the better and I couldn’t ask for anything more from the staff that go out of their way to help me and my kids.” I was shocked when I heard that, because honestly, I was expecting complaints about the food or maybe the fact that she had to share a floor with 11 other families, but no. The fact that she was totally content with her life at that moment was something that I tremendously applaud. It donned on me during that moment that what she did for her kids was maybe not the easiest choice, but it ended up being the right choice. Her 12-year-old daughter nearly brought me to tears as she herself was sobbing while expressing gratitude for everything that the shelter had provided for her. Battling her tears, she said, “I’ve been through a lot in my life, and the therapy that they’ve provided me here has helped… so much.” And she, too, reinforced what her mother said: going to Shelter Network was maybe a harder choice than her family choice being split up by staying with relatives, but it was ultimately the best thing that ever happened to them, as it kept them together as one family.

“I’m trying to show appreciation towards my parents more than I have before for the sacrifices they make each and every day for me and my brothers.”

Those 4 hours at Shelter Network, especially those 20 minutes talking with Shelter Network families, really opened my eyes to the sacrifices parents make every single day. Everything parents do, I learned, is done with their children in mind, and that is something I could not respect enough. That night, I returned home thinking, “Sorry Imma (Mom), sorry Abba (Dad) for doubting what you say and do, but you know what, you were probably right.” It’s tough at my age to realize that and admit defeat to those that brought you into this world, but now, I’m trying to show appreciation towards my parents more than I have before for the sacrifices they make each and every day for me and my brothers.

LEARN MORE: See how Jewish Teen Foundation board members are learning about philanthropy, social action, and helping change the world.

On Super Sunday a single phone call can improve lives around the world

Our Federation’s first Super Sunday was created over 31 years ago. It’s a day for our entire Jewish community to come together as one in spirit and in action – to help Jews in our local community, in Israel and the world.

We won’t ask you to personally deliver food to the hungry, make visits to the homebound, or drive a senior to the doctor. We don’t expect you to teach Hebrew school, take a young adult to Israel or become a Jewish summer camp counselor. All we ask is that you make the call.

Bring your positive energy, your cell phones (and chargers) and join with other volunteers as we mobilize our Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam into action.

2011 Super Sunday Co-chairs

Super Sunday Co-Chairs Randy Dick, Molly Dick and Brett Dick take a break from making calls at Super Sunday 2011.

The excerpt below is from a letter written to us by the 2011 Super Sunday Co-Chair, Molly Dick. We think her words capture the essence of what it means to participate in Super Sunday:

“The event was remarkable on so many levels. We all knew going into it that this was not going to be the Super Sunday of olden days – an extravaganza involving a cast of thousands, a year in the planning and a big budget expense.But we what we did end up accomplishing was, I believe, something even more special then Super Sundays of the past. We produced an event that felt appropriate to the times in which we now live and fundraise and yet still managed to be memorable to those of us who were there that day.

“Our volunteers throughout the day showed up and did their job. They hit the phones; they were knowledgeable and sensitive in how they addressed their donors; they stayed beyond their allotted shifts; and there was an unflagging energy in the room that continued on from the early morning hours right up to the last phone call at 6:00 p.m.

“The community in return responded beyond our wildest expectations. Everyone is feeling the economic pinch. No one, from our biggest donors to the smallest, has emerged unscathed; but in keeping with our remarkable tradition of tzedakah, our donors responded to our calls with an outpouring of support – maintaining and even increasing their gifts on every level when it would have been so easy to say “No, not this year.” “No, not me.” In the hundreds of calls we made throughout the day, was there occasional dissatisfaction over any number of things that Federation doesn’t get right? Of course. Were there donors who wanted to politicize their gifts or give directly to the affiliate agencies instead? Sure. But the overwhelming majority of our donors still understand, and have responded to, the fact that our Federation on all levels helps those who cannot help themselves and whose lives are enriched by Federation dollars. The response was clear and unequivocal and validating. We still have our work cut out for us, and we need to continue to educate our community. But what the Jewish Community Federation stands for in this its centennial year is something to be very proud of.

“Looking back on it all, I realized that we accomplished so much more than just raising vitally needed funds that would take care of fellow Jews both at home and abroad. Brett, Randy and I honored Jerome Dick, whose legacy was the creation of Super Sunday thirty years ago. Our leaders in the community were honored as well for all they had done and continue to do.”

Super Sunday: The Power of Community
Sunday, March 11, 2012 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

  • The Jewish Community High School, San Francisco
  • The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto

Name that caller. Yesteryear Super Sunday pics.

Super Sunday volunteer from the '90sIn preparation for our 30th annual Super Sunday, we dug through the archives, and found some great photos of our past phone-a-thons.

70′s fashion? Check.

80′s hair? Check.

Dedicated volunteers and donors? Check and check.

What we couldn’t find though were the names to go along with the people in the photos.

Were you active with the Federation at any point in the past 30 years? If so, we could use your help in identifying the volunteers and staff.

To do so, visit the SUPER SUNDAY ARCHIVE.  Once you find someone you know, click on their image, and then click on the “Add Comment” button.  From there, please tell us their names and any relevant info you have to share.


If you would like to be a part of this year’s Super Sunday.  Please register now to volunteer.  The event will take place Sunday, March 13, 2011 in  San Francisco.

A personal request

Young Adults Division - Challah Back!

Dear Friends,

Most of you are acquainted with me through some of YAD’s events such as Latke Ball, Club Fed and Blue Monday. And although socializing plays a part in YAD’s role in our community, there’s an even larger and more meaningful purpose in our involvement.  YAD is part of the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) —a fundraising organization helping people in need with basic social services — from providing refuge for a victim of domestic abuse to offering seniors transportation to their doctor.

This year’s Annual Campaign is quickly coming to a close on June 30th and the JCF goal has not been reached. Raising money has never been easy, and the added pressure from a changing economic climate has led many Federations to curtail or eliminate programs and staff at a time when the needs for emergency financial aid and loans, job services and scholarships have more than doubled.

This year, YAD has raised $165,000, which is approximately half of last year’s YAD total of $300,000.  That leaves an additional 55% gap in funding needed to continue running vital programs.

It’s not just about money.  Those dollars translate into a resume workshop for an unemployed father, a hot kosher lunch for a senior on a fixed income, providing comfort to a mother mourning the death of her own parent, keeping a child enrolled in their Jewish school – all supported by your gift.

For those of you who have attended our events in the past but have yet to make a contribution to the Annual Campaign, I urge you to do it now.   We have a short window of time to make a huge impact.

This year your gift counts more, literally.  Each increased donation of an existing gift or any new gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

That’s why I am personally asking for your help. I need you to join me in these last 6 weeks of the 2008-2009 Annual Campaign and make your contribution if you have not done so yet.

Your taking action today demonstrates the Jewish value of taking responsibility, both for our own community and the broader community in need.  If you can, please make your gift NOW.

Jordan Sills

Jordan Sills

I am counting on you.


Jordan Sills
Young Adults Division


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