New York (Jan. 13)
– Thousands of volunteers in some 125 communities are poised to start telephones ringing all over America on Jan. 18, “Super Sunday ’81,” in a mammoth one-day fundraising event to kick off this year’s United Jewish Appeal Federation Campaign. Callers will be dialing fiends and neighbors to raise dollars for urgently needed humanitarian programs and services for Jews in Israel, in 25 other countries around the world and here at home.
Jerome Dick, Super Sunday national chairman, predicts, “More people will be reached and more money will be raised in a single day than ever before. In fact, we’ll try to reach every Jewish household in America.”
Participating in this national event are representatives of government, show business and sports, including Mayors Kevin White of Boston and William Green of Philadelphia, New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne, Sen. Arlen Specter (R. Pa.), William Shatner of “Star Trek,” Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies and cowboys from a local rodeo in Denver.
Radio and television stations in Dallas, Denver, and Worcester, Mass. are donating air time and facilities. The phone companies in Baltimore and Buffalo are contributing equipment and services, Many communities will award door prizes to their volunteers; others will provide kosher lunches and ice cream “super sundaes.” In Washington, D. C., Jews who have recently come from the Soviet Union will be calling, in Russian, other newly-arrived Jews.