Expanding Super Sunday: JFSA fundraiser gets mitzvah boost

Kathy Unger, chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona board, makes calls on Super Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona will hold its annual fundraising phone-a-thon, renamed “Super Extraordinary Sunday,” on Jan. 27. The event will also include numerous mitzvah projects.

“This is Super Sunday gone viral, reaching and bringing together more people than ever before. While dedicated volunteers man the phones, other volunteers will interact with participants from across the community, putting a variety of activities in motion simultaneously. We’re bringing in the Red Cross for a blood drive and signing folks up for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry. We’re offering CPR classes, providing PJ Library story-time for little ones and their families and making and sending cards to residents of our sister cities in Israel. It will truly be a day reflective of what Federation is all about: making our Tucson Jewish community and the world around us a better place,” says Jennifer Cassius, co-chair of Super Extraordinary Sunday with her husband, Mark.

The event will be held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers can sign up for one or more shifts: 8:30-11 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include phone, clerical and mitzvah day activities.

The Red Cross blood drive will be held 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; the minimum age is 17 for donors and 16 for volunteers. The bone marrow registry, which requires only a cheek swab, also will be open 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CPR chest-compression only classes, presented by the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

PJ Library will hold a story hour and pizza lunch for kids, 12:30-2 p.m. Donations of plastic jars of peanut butter for the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Homer Davis Project are requested.

Super Extraordinary Sunday participants also will have the opportunity to write letters of support to residents of our sister cities in Israel, Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon, which have suffered under rocket attacks from Gaza.

Funds raised on Super Extraordinary Sunday support a variety of social service agencies in Tucson, Israel and around the world.

Incentives for volunteer participation from synagogue and Jewish agency board members will be awarded, along with other prizes. To volunteer, contact Rosi Vogel at 577-9393 or rvogel@jfsa.org or visit www.jewishtucson.org. To sign up to donate blood, contact Jane Scott at 577-9393 or jscott@ jfsa.org.