A New Twist to Super Sunday

A New Twist to Super Sunday With Phonathon, Global Day of Jewish Learning, and Family Fun Day

On November 13, United Jewish Federation (UJF) will host its annual Super Sunday, which will be a “Triple Crown” of activities bringing the community together for a day of fun, learning and giving. All day time events will take place at the Stamford JCC (1035 Newfield Avenue in Stamford).

On Super Sunday, the community is asked to “answer the call” and provide financial support to UJF’s 2022 Annual Campaign for Communal Needs. These funds are used for community organization programs and for aid to those in Israel and over 72 countries around the world. UJF’s Super Sunday Phonathon will be in-person, with volunteers manning the phones to reach out to the community. Far more than just a support to UJF’s 2022 Annual Campaign for Communal Needs. Far more than just a fundraiser, Super Sunday is a day when staff and volunteers from Federation and its partner organizations come together as one. Super Sunday chairs are BobAbrams, Nan Gordon, Allison Ostroff and Jonathan Ostroff.

“The dollars raised during Super Sunday make a real impact on our community, and in Jewish communities all around the world. By ‘answering the call,’ you are ensuring your local and world-wide Jewish communities will stay strong and thrive. Each person can make an impact, no matter the size of their gift. Funds raised go to programs and services,ensuring a Jewish future and care for all those in need. Donors can once again select from a variety of initiatives and programs, putting them in the driver's seat of where their dollars go,” said Ellen Weber, UJF Campaign Chair.

An annual highlight of Super Sunday is the tzedakah coin challenge. Coins can be dropped off in exchange for a prize at the PJ Library Family Fun Day, which will be held outdoors, in-person and will include entertainment, crafts and mitzvah projects. Family Fun Day will be heldfrom 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm and is chaired by Robin Fischel and Simone Zwany as part of our PJ Library program.. The PJ Library Family Fun Day event is free and open to the community.

November 13 is also Limmud North America’s Global Day of Jewish Learning, where hundreds of communities, large and small, will join together for one day of intercontinental Jewish learning. Launched in 2010 as an effort to connect Jews around the world in mutual appreciation of Jewish wisdom, the Global Day of Jewish Learning is inspired by the vision and leadership of RabbiAdin Steinsaltz”l. The theme for 2022 is “Rebuilding.”

Festivities for UJF’s Super Sunday Event will begin at 9:15 am with breakfast for the Global Day registrants. There will then be a choice of three breakout sessions for this day of learning, which will conclude with Dr. Dale Atkins' presentation entitled “Rebuilding Our Jewish Community: A Focus on Individual Resilience”.

Dr. Dale Atkins is a licensed psychologist with more than 40 years of experience as a relationship expert focusing on families, wellness, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life. She is the author of seven books as well as many articles and journals for popular and professional audiences. She appears regularly on NBC’s TODAY and is a featured speaker who lectures and leads seminars worldwide.

“We are fortunate to host Dr. Atkins as part of our Global Day of Jewish Learning. Given the theme, Dr. Atkins and our breakout session leaders will provide a great opportunity for learning and discussion as UJF relaunches our communal learning efforts,” shared Bob Abrams, co-chair of UJF’s Education Committee.

Joining Dr. Atkins at the Global Day of Jewish Learning will include breakout session speakers, author Yelena Lembersky, Jewish communal professional Jonathan Fass of The Jewish Education Project, and UCONN graduate Natalie Shcolover who was targeted by antisemitic acts. The cost of the Global Day of Jewish Learning is $18 per person until November 4 and thereafter, $25 per person. Sponsorship of $180 includes 2 tickets and a signed copy of Dale Atkins book. Additionally, the registration site includes opportunities for community members to lend a hand and volunteer for UJF’s Super Sunday phoneathon activity to help reach out to community members and secure gifts for Federation's 2022 Annual Campaign for Communal Needs. Contact Diane Sloyer for more information, to volunteer, or donate.