Jewish Federation plans telephone fund-raiser

February 04, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

The Jewish Federation of Howard County will hold its annual Super Phone Day fund-raiser Sunday to help raise money for local and international Jewish services.

The fund-raiser is part of the United Jewish Appeal's national phone campaign.

"This is our chance . . . to talk to many of the Jewish families in Howard County and explain to them what we do, why funds are needed, and on a one-to-one personal basis ask them for a commitment to the 1994 campaign," said Steve Shaw, director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County.

The 26-year-old federation, an umbrella organization for local Jewish groups, contracts with Jewish Family Services of Central Maryland for services that include adolescent and adult counseling, and immigrant resettlement services.

Mr. Shaw said he would like Sunday's fund-raiser to raise $50,000 for the group. The money will be added to the group's total fund-raising for this year, an anticipated $250,000, he said.

Last year, the group raised $190,000 through various fund-raisers, he said.

The group's activities in Howard County include programs for the elderly, young people and families, provide scholarships for Jewish children and help Soviet Jews resettle in the area. The money also will help Jews in Israel, he said.

On Sunday, about 75 volunteers will address envelopes and make telephone calls throughout the day to about 500 families, Mr. Shaw said.

A local businessman has donated his office and telephones for the fund-raiser.

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