Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2016 - The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore kicked off its 2017 Annual Campaign Sunday, September 25 with tremendous support from the community. When the Super Sunday Community Phone-a-thon ended, The Associated had raised $1.4 million from 739 donors to support Jews in Baltimore, Israel and around the world.

“Super Sunday was a huge success and we are privileged to have such a generous community,” said John Shmerler, chair of the Annual Campaign.

He adds, “We hope to raise 85 percent of our Annual Campaign by the end of 2016 so that we can successfully plan for next year. The community’s support will enable us to provide the financial resources to ensure our vulnerable do not fall through the cracks, while building a vibrant Jewish future for our children.”

The Associated’s goal is to raise $31 million during its 2017 Annual Campaign.

The money supports The Associated and its agencies so that they can provide a number of vital services to the community. Volunteers at CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance provided more than 1,048 services for older adults through its Northwest Neighbors Connecting (NNC), a program designed to ensure that these adults can remain in their communities as long as possible. Each year, Jewish Community Services assists those who are struggling financially by distributing funds to more than 1,450 individuals. And seven of the Macks Center for Jewish Education’s Community Connectors engaged more than 700 community members – developing new friendships and introducing them to all that Jewish Baltimore has to offer.

Super Sunday was the culmination of Super Week, a week-long initiative that brought hundreds of people together to celebrate our Jewish community. Events included a community concert, which also celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Associated’s Baltimore Odessa Partnership, Meditation and Yoga for the Jewish Women’s Soul, an End-of-Summer Soiree at the American Visionary Arts Museum and a panel discussion about Caring for Aging Parents.