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March 25, 2011  RSS feed
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Super Sunday propels Federation Campaign closer to goal

By ROBERT GREEN Jewish Press

With needs at near-crisis levels, volunteers for the Tampa Jewish Federation reached out to the community at the annual Super Sunday fundraiser March 13 and the community responded.

Pledges from the five-hour telephone fundraising event at the Tampa Jewish Community Center totaled $85,000 from nearly 800 donors, according to Alissa Fischel, the Federation’s director of development.

“It went very well. Everyone was very welcoming. It was a good experience,” Fischel said.

“Fantastic!” said Federation President Jonathan Ellis.

Super Sunday is part of the Federation’s effort to raise $1.6 million this year, $200,000 more than in the 2010-11 campaign. “We’re right on target,” Fischel said.

Caller Bonnie Miele, one of about 60 volunteers, said almost everyone she spoke to was pledging more or the same as they gave last year. She was beaming when she told Fischel that she got a pledge of $360 from a Tampa woman, $36 more than the woman’s last pledge. “People are really nice,” Miele said. Coblens Tishler, one of the youngest volunteers at 12, joined her mother, Carrie, in making calls. It was part of Coblens’ project for her upcoming Bat Mitzvah.


Volunteers made calls on Super Sunday seeking financial pledges. Volunteers made calls on Super Sunday seeking financial pledges. “It’s fun,” Coblens said. Her mother said most people were making pledges that were more or the same as last year, with only a couple telling her that they had to cut back.

“Everyone’s been very supportive,” said Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, executive director of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, one of the organizations the Federation helps support.

Others include the Weinberg Village, JCC, Tampa Jewish Family Services, Hillel School of Tampa, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation and the Jewish Press of Tampa.

The Federation also sponsors community events such as Israeli Independence Day and the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival.The Super Sunday calls came three weeks after the Federation’s successful President’s Dinner on Feb. 20 that attracted nearly 700 people.

Volunteers stressed the need for increased pledges to help meet growing needs in the local Jewish community and around the world.

“Your pledge will again provide vital services to area agencies that serve children, families and the elderly in this very difficult time. Our community is truly at a near-crisis level of need,” the Federation said.

Fischel said follow-up calls would be made to those who could not be reached on Super Sunday. The Federation’s fundraising campaign continues through June.

Pledges can be made by calling the Tampa Jewish Federation at (813) 264-9000 or through the Federation’s website at www.jewishtampa.com. Payments for the pledges can be made through the end of the year.


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