Spectacular Sunday Southeast Team!



Welcome to the Southeast Team page of Spectacular Sunday, a groundbreaking day in Jewish National Fund history! From the peach trees of Georgia to the Florida Keys, the Mississippi River to the Carolina shores, thank you for being a part of this effort to raising funds and awareness. With your help, we will meet our goal of raising $1 million and build a bright and beautiful future for the land and people of Israel.

And, be sure to tune in live on Facebook and YouTube on June 14, 2020 from 12 - 4pm ET / 9am - 1pm PT / 7 - 11pm Israel for a day of music, celebrities, heartwarming stories, and more:

Thank you for making history, and more importantly, making a difference.


Good morning Southeast Team, Happy Spectacular Sunday! We are only hours away from the official kickoff, but today is already a huge success. As of 10:30am, our regional fundraising total has more than doubled since my last message to an incredible $79,713.85, part of a national total of over half a million dollars from more than 1,600 donors, providing a huge boost to the land and people of Israel in this time of need. It's the last chance to be counted in the $1 million match that expires at 11:59pm - now is the time send and share your personal pages so we can reach our goal together. And, of course, don't forget to include in your outreach to tune in live on YouTube and Facebook at 12:00pm Eastern for four hours of music, comedy, heartwarming stories, celebrity guests and so much more. Lastly, please join JNF-USA President Sol Lizerbram, CEO Russell Robinson and Spectacular Sunday Chair Bernice Friedman to hear the details of the success of Spectacular Sunday and to thank you and the hundreds of volunteers and JNF professionals who contributed to this great day. The brief celebration will take place Monday, June 15, 3:00 pm Eastern on Zoom. Join from any computer, tablet, or smartphone by clicking on https://jnf.zoom.us/j/93215089095 Many, many thanks to each and every one of you - now let's cross the finish line! Yours, Josh Mellits Captain, Southeast Team


Good evening Spectacular Sunday Southeast Team! We are only three days away from Jewish National Fund history and Team Southeast is heating up! As of 7:00pm local time, our team of 96 members has raised an incredible - dare I say, Spectacular - $33,291 from 112 single donations. That is nearly 10x where we were a week ago - wow! In the words of Spectacular Sunday National Chair Bernice Friedman and JNF National Campaign Director Mark Moskowitz, "We thank you for putting yourself out there, for being bold enough to ask your friends and family for their support during this unprecedented time. We ask you to remind them of why we give: Because even during these trying times, Jewish National Fund continues to keep our promise to the people of Israel—to be there with them every day, through times of prosperity and times of crisis—always with our eye on building a better future." The Southeast Team MVP of the Week is Southern Florida Regional President Ronald Kriss. He has shown what it means to be a role model by sending his page across his networks, garnering 28 individual gifts totalling a staggering $6,054. Thanks to his dedication and efforts, and with every dollar matched, Ron has ensured that over $1,200 will support the land and people of Israel. Rest assured that he will press forward until the clock strikes midnight on Sunday! We can all follow Ron's example and unleash our potential as a region. Please take a moment NOW to do one or more of the following: Log in to your fundraising page, upload your contacts, and send emails to your friends and family to remind them why you support the land and people of Israel, and ask for their support too. Post your personal fundraising page on your social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more. Find a photo that tells the story of your passion for Israel and post it on your page Instagram with a request for support. Send a text message to tell others how much you care, and ask them to care too. Remind them that through June 14, every gift will be matched*, doubling their impact. Invite friends and family to tune in to our live broadcast on Sunday, June 14, from 12pm to 4pm ET (links on the homepage). Each and every gift, no matter how small, sends the message that at this critical time, we love Israel and all whom dwell there. Thank you all for your hard work and continued support. Let's ride down the final stretch together. Yours, Josh Mellits Captain, Southeast Team


Good morning Southeast Team! Captain Josh here with another update as we are only 11 days away from Spectacular Sunday. While we're making progress with $3,144 towards our goal, the other teams around the country are picking up the pace and we have slipped in the standings. However, we are well-positioned to jump ahead as we boast the second-largest roster of fundraisers, two-thirds of which have yet to start up. Tip of the week: just like nobody likes to take the first piece of cake at a party, break the ice on your personal page by donating to your own campaign in an amount that is meaningful. I'm no math whiz, but I know that any positive number is greater than zero! Now onto Fundraisers of the Week. Our stand-out lay leader is Adam Slotnick, Palm Beach JNFuture Board and Root Society Member, for a great branded profile photo and an inspiring personal welcome message of "Be a light unto the nations" - setting a great example for a powerful customized page. I have no doubt the donations will be rolling in no time! On the professional staff, Glen Schwartz (Executive Director, National Major Donor Relations) secured the largest individual gift on the team with $500 from Heidi & Martin Damsky - well done and a big thank you to the Damskys! Shout out as well to Jeffrey Greenberg (Associate Director JNFuture, Florida) for making Spectacular Sunday a family affair and recruiting his parents, Leigh and Richard, and sister Julie, to not only donate but make their own pages. That's how you build momentum! One last announcement for now: the Spectacular Sunday performers and speakers list has been updated. Viewers will be entertained and inspired by: Elon Gold, Michelle Divon, Benji Lovitt, Mark Spitz, David Broza, Ethan Herschenfeld, Cory Kahaney, Ilana Levine, Dominic Fumusa, Rick Recht, Rebecca Pidgeon, Peter Himmelman, Distant Cousins, David Mamet, Josh Burstein, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Tal Brody, Listen Up! Jewish Vocal Band, and more to come. Makre sure the links to YouTube Facebook, and JNF streaming site are on your pages so your donors don't miss out. That's all for now, Southeast Team. Have a great week and thank you for making Jewish National Fund and Israel history!


Good morning Southeast Team! I'm Josh Mellits from Western Florida and am thrilled to lead this inspiring group to make Jewish National Fund history and make a difference for the land and people of Israel. We are off to a great start! As of this morning, we have raised nearly $1,978 and sit at the top of the national leaderboard. Well done! I will also use this space to highlight a lay leader and professional from our team who is leading by example. Meril Salzberg, Co-President and WFI Regional Chair from Orlando, was the first lay leader to create a page and has already surpassed her initial goal with 8 unique donors and $643 raised - great job! You might even want to increase your goal to carry that momentum forward. On the professional side, kudos to Steffanie Altman (National Director, JNFuture), Mike Teichberg (Director, Miami-Dade), and Beth Gluck (Executive Director, Greater Atlanta), who have uploaded a profile picture and customized their page welcome message. You are now primed to inspire friends and family to support this important cause. I would love to see everyone make your appeals more personal and therefore more effective. Keep up the great work as we count down to Spectacular Sunday!



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Sorry this is late. B'hatzlachah!
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JNF is a favorite of mine also. Well done Mitzi.
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