Telethon volunteers come together to create one Super Week


On Sunday, September 12, close to 300 committed community volunteers gathered in the Lipa Green Centre’s Tamari Family Hall, in support of United Jewish Appeal’s 2011 Campaign.  It was a Super Sunday indeed, with over $1.5 million raised.

During the subsequent Super Week – Monday through Thursday – an additional 400 volunteers took to the phones and through their efforts, over 4,000 gifts were received.

UJA’s 2011 Campaign, chaired by Sherry Firestone and Jeff Rosenthal, is focused on raising funds to fortify our next generation’s Jewish identity, including its connection to Israel.  

“Super Sunday was electric. I was so impressed with the CHAT students who were so polite and energetic and IMPACT Toronto, who even gave up the first night of NFL football to come and spend the evening making calls on behalf of UJA,” enthused Janice Tkatch, chair, along with David Weinberg, of UJA Campaign 2011 Telethons.  “These young people were so upbeat and excited to be a part of Super Sunday and be able to help those who are vulnerable from our community, Israel and abroad.”

“From nine a.m. until nine p.m. there were great volunteers coming through the doors,” said Weinberg.   “Before making calls they all had the opportunity to watch the UJA Campaign video, which sings and raps the message ‘It’s all about strength, courage, pride and love.’  The volunteers during Super Week exhibited these four traits as well.  It was wonderful to be a part of this Super Week and I encourage everyone to come out and be a part of the community as we make a difference.”

A special thank you to all of the groups that came out including JACS, Hillel, March of the Living, B’nai Tzedek, the hosts of the Guy’s Afternoon shift - Richard Bennett, Matthew Diamond, Michael Florence, Jeff Rosenthal and Ben Weinberg: IMPACT Telethon chairs - Shelby Draper, Leila Kohn and Jonathan Tkatch; and IMPACT Telethon Vice-Chairs Lesley Henry and Adi Seitelbach, and all of the remarkable volunteers that participated.

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