Super Sunday strives to break one-day record

Josh and Lisa Sadikman have their hands full running after their 2-year-old daughter, Ella. Lisa has another baby on the way (due in January), and both Sadikmans run businesses from home.

To say they are busy people is to engage in gross understatement. So who better to co-chair Super Sunday this year than the two of them?

Sponsored by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, Super Sunday is still the largest single-day fund-raising event in the Bay Area Jewish community.

But the Sadikmans probably won’t break a sweat running the event. The two are old hands at Super Sunday, having worked the phones for six years in a row and served as vice chairs last year.

Hopefully, they like crowds. On Sunday, Nov. 21, more than 1,000 volunteers will fill the ground floor of the new Jewish Community Center of San Francisco to call 10,000 current and prospective donors throughout the region. The goal: topping last year’s pledge total of $2.8 million.

“We really want people to have a wonderful time helping our community and to feel good about the work they’re doing for the federation,” says Lisa Sadikman of the upcoming event.

As co-chair, Josh Sadikman sees his role as more cheerleader than CEO. “Basically we’re the positive energy people,” he says. “We make sure everyone is feeling good, make the announcements, greet the officials. We do training as well.”

Married four years, Lisa and Josh Sadikman met while on a wine country retreat with the federation’s Young Adults Division. In addition to running an intranet consulting business, Lisa is a freelance writer, while Josh is a health-care financial consultant. But like so many busy Super Sunday volunteers, they found the time to help out.

Super Sunday marks the kickoff of the federation’s annual campaign, which raised $22.5 million in 2004. In the last fiscal year, the JCF’s annual campaign allocated $16.2 million to 60 agencies providing social services, educational and cultural programs in the Bay Area, the United States, Israel and around the world. In 2003, the federation’s Jewish Community Endowment Fund, with assets exceeding $745 million, provided more than $207 million for a variety of grants, seed projects and emergency needs.

Says Josh Sadikman, “Super Sunday encompasses two things that are important to us: fund-raising and community building. Obviously, a lot of money is raised, but the event itself has over a thousand people participating. It’s a lot of fun and people end up more connected to their community.”

Super Sunday will take place all day on Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Information: (415) 512-6290.

Dan Pine

Dan Pine is a contributing editor at J. He was a longtime staff writer at J. and retired as news editor in 2020.