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Federation to host Super Sunday event in philanthropy center

Leslie Glaze, co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Campaign for 2019, talks to Super Sunday volunteer Barbara Selznick, Jan. 27. (Photo: Debe Campbell/AJP)

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is planning its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon this year for Jan. 26. The event, which raises funds for the 2020 Community Campaign, will be held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in a new venue: the Deanna and Harvey Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy at 3718 E. River Road, which houses the JFSA and the Jewish Community Foundation.

“It’s a day where the Jewish community comes together to help support a wonderful 501c3 and the campaign,” says Super Sunday Co-chair Andy Kunsberg, emphasizing that the Federation is a nonprofit charitable organization.

The goal of this year’s campaign is $4 million, which supports the Federation’s partner agencies — Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, Tucson Hebrew Academy, Tucson Jewish Community Center, and University of Arizona Hillel Foundation — along with local synagogues as well as Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. “The monies we collect from generous donations help support these programs,” says Kunsberg. “They help so many Jewish people in town and also the non-Jewish community.”

“Super Sunday is an opportunity for the Jewish Federation to reach out to the Jewish community to share the good work the Federation does year-round in Southern Arizona,” adds Bill Jacobson, Kunberg’s Super Sunday co-chair. At the same time, Jacobson adds, it is an opportunity “to hear what is of value to the Jewish community so that the Federation can provide services that meet its needs.”

“And we’re going to have lots of fun” on Super Sunday, Kunsberg promises. Agencies and synagogues will compete to recruit the most volunteers, with prizes going to the winning teams. There will be food — including hamburgers grilled by Campaign Chair Melissa Goldfinger — and prizes for volunteers, who can wear a favorite sports team’s colors to add to the festive spirit. Volunteers are encouraged to bring cell phones to make calls (outgoing numbers can be blocked). Those who prefer not to make calls can help with clerical tasks, including thank-you cards. Shifts begin at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

To sign up for a volunteer shift, email Anel Pro at or call 647-8455.

To save Super Sunday volunteers a call, make a donation by Jan. 17. Visit; mail a check to JFSA, 3718 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718; or call 577-9393.