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Thanks to all who have contributed to our Summer Campaign ’17!

We are so grateful that you take the time and dollars to support our work. It’s so incredibly gratifying. This list of Summer Campaign 2017 donors is a small but earnest way to thank you. May our efforts bring ever-increasing goodness into young lives!

The campaign continues through June 30, 2017. Please give generously at jonahmac.org/donate.

The Dreskins

 


Danny Siegel … yashir koakh and kol hakavod big time!

Gwynne and Alan Ross … in memory of Brad Gaber

Leona Paul … in memory of my darling daughter, Susan Sirkman

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JMF Brings Palestinians and Israelis a Tiny Bit Closer

We recently learned about a beautiful Israeli project called “The Road to Recovery” in which more than 750 volunteers drive critically ill Palestinians (mostly children) to receive medical treatment in Israel. 10,000 recovery trips now happen each year!

There are so many ways that we see Israelis and Palestinians coming together. We’re touched by them all. This one, saving lives one at a time by making sure patients can get from the West Bank and Gaza to hospitals throughout Israel for treatment, is simply fantastic.

We are touched and honored to support this worthy program.

Learn more about “The Road to Recover” — watch a 6-minute video here. You can learn more about “The Road to Recovery” at roadtorecovery.org.il.

 

Thank you … to those who, in 2017, have provided funds so we can make a difference in young people’s lives

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Rabbi Micah Greenstein … yehi zichro baruch … thank you for continuing to spread Jonah’s light to the world

Sarah Sagner … this follows up on my tzedakah statement … please use it for other kids like me

Rabbi Larry Hoffman … in memory of Jonah …  it is an honor and a pleasure to help you help others

Dorothy Walrond

Louis Bordman

De Herman … in honor of Cantor Rosalie Boxt

Sheila Linderman

Cantor Linda Ecker

Marlene Kohn

Jim Dowdle … in honor of William

Solly Zisser … in honor of my and Jonah’s shared birthday

Carol, David, Jade and Sofia Sank … you continue to be in our hearts and thoughts

Linda and David Altshuler

Joel and Adriane Belmont … in memory of Ida Dreskin

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl

Rabbi Peter Rubinstein

Sandy and Rich Spilka … in memory of Ida Dreskin

Cantor Julie Yugend-Green

Liz Okin Gabay … in honor of Rabbi Billy

George and Chris Markley

Mark Kaufman and Rachel Wineberg … in honor of Noah Aronson (whose music moves me, and whose concert is preempted by my wife’s theatrical endeavors)

The Dreskin family … in honor of Lisa Linn and her incredible Jonah Maccabee Concert Committee

Michael Skloff

Ina Plotsky

Kathy Glatter … in honor of Ellen Dreskin

Cantor Mo Glazman

Cantor Bradley Hyman

Barbara and Peter Cerf … in memory of all wonderful pets

Martha Rosen

Todd Gordon and Susan Feder

Madelyn Mishkin Katz

Mitchell Feldman … in memory of Manny Feldman

Ramie and Merri Arian

Phyllis Opochinsky … in memory of my mom, Ruth Polikoff … she walks with me everyday of my life

Cantor Barbara Ostfeld … in honor of the wedding of Mark Horowitz and Tom Staebell

Diana and Henry Asher

Marilyn Price … in memory of Renee Price … she would have loved your mission!

Dr. Gary P. Zola

Faye Roth … in memory of Susan Sirkman

Judi Amsel

 

… and growing!

What We Accomplished In 2016

Dear friends,

Happy new year! Our winter campaign has ended and we thought you might like to know how we spent your money in 2016. Here’s the rundown of the grants we made:

1) IsraAID is an Israeli-based humanitarian aid agency that responds to emergency crises and engages in international development around the world. Our grant supported their work with Syrian refugees.

2) Treehouse Shakers provides teacher trainings and residencies for students that focus on the art of dance and storytelling.

3) The American Indian College Fund supports Native student access to higher education. The Jonah Maccabee Foundation believes that every American has a profound responsibility to assist our nation’s indigenous peoples in building whole, healthy lives for themselves and their children. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks to all who have contributed to our Winter 2016 Campaign!

2016-12-wintercampaign16Our Winter 2016 campaign’s a little different. You’re invited the honor and/or remember parents and/or grandparents who inspired the life you’re living. It’s a sweet and poignant way to give credit where credit is due, and to help a whole lotta kids along the way.

We are so grateful that you take the time and dollars to support our work. This list of donors is a small but earnest way to thank you. May our efforts bring ever-increasing goodness into young lives!

The campaign continues through December 31, 2016. Please give generously at jonahmac.org/donate.

Ellen, Billy, Katie, Mark and Aiden


 

Naomi Dreskin … in memory of Helen and Oscar Dreskin (because as members of Jonah’s extended family, they would have been proud, as I am, of your efforts in his name, to enrich the lives of others through the arts– also their passion.)

Rachel Kalmowitz … in honor of my Mama, whose current experience fighting breast cancer reminds me how strong and capable this gentle, compassionate woman is.

Julie Newman … in memory of Bernard Newman, my father — for singing with me in the car

Phyllis Opochinsky … in honor of Hy and Ruth Polikoff, my parents in the best sense of the word

Rona Oberman and Deb Franzblau … in memory of Jonny Franzblau

Robin Brigmon … in memory of Paul and Ruby Brigmon

Beth Sher … in honor of Bobbie Kraus, Choir Member and Grandmother Extraordinaire

Leona Paul … in memory of Susan Paul Sirkman

Nancy Paul … in honor of Leona Paul, my best friend and mother

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In Memory of Ida F. Dreskin

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Ida Dreskin: (l-r) 2008, 1957 and 1942

My mom was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, in 1923. She raised six children (me being the youngest) in Cincinnati, OH. Following her eldest (and only) daughter first to Boston and then to Florida, she died peacefully last week at the pretty grand old age of 93. At a sweet, beautiful funeral, attended by five of her six kids and loads of kids-in-law and grandchildren, we sent her on her way to the next part of her journey.

So many of you have donated in her honor and we want to take a moment here to say thank you. I was so deeply touched by all of your gifts. My mom adored Jonah and was utterly bereft when he died. She loved seeing the good work we’ve been doing in his name. Now, with your help, we can do that work in honor of them both.

With humble thanks,
Billy

P.S. Throughout December 2016, our winter fundraising campaign is called “Honoring Our Parents and Our Grandparents.” Donate today in honor of someone that YOU love.


 

Rabbis Bernard Mehlman, Ronne Friedman, Elaine Zecher and Cantor Roy Einhorn

Ellen and Billy Dreskin

Mitchell Feldman

Lois and Bernie Bacharach

David and Joanne Sapadin

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Noah Budin: Another Good Guy Award!

noah-budinThis week, we send love and thanks to our good pal, Noah Budin, who donated 100% of the proceeds of CD and songbook purchases following a Shabbat Evening spent with Billy at Woodlands Community Temple this past August. As if it weren’t enough that we were given a most delightful and moving evening of singing and storytelling by this gentle, talented man, he then turned around and said, “Hey, do some good with these dollars, will you?”

We will, Noah. And we’re so pleased to offer you this week’s Good Guy Award and induction into the Order of Stalwart Friends of The Jonah Maccabee Foundation. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

What, you don’t know who Noah Budin is?! Well, get yourself over to noahbudin.com and meet him today. The guy writes some mighty nice tunes!

Thank You for Participating in Our Louisiana Relief Project!

2016.08.LouisianaReliefProject.WebNoteWe’re so grateful that you’ve chosen to join us in extending a helping hand to those living in areas that are struggling to contend with the flooding in Baton Rouge and other parts of Louisiana. The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is forwarding all of these gifts to help kids who are caught in the mess down there. We’ll be working with Save the Children as they deploy emergency response teams to establish Child-Friendly Spaces in emergency shelters and assess children’s most urgent needs throughout Louisiana.

Most sincerely,
Ellen, Billy, Katie, Mark and Aiden
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation, Inc.


 

Jason Laks and Rabbi Lisa Izes

Danielle Rodnizki … in gratitude for Noah Budin and the music he shared with me!

Joan Funk

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our Summer 2016 Campaign!

2016.06.SummerCampaign'16We are so grateful that you take the time and dollars to support our work. It’s so incredibly gratifying. This list of Summer Campaign 2016 donors is a small but earnest way to thank you. May our efforts bring ever-increasing goodness into young lives!

The campaign continues through the summer. Please give generously at jonahmac.org/donate.

The Dreskins


Leona Paul … in loving memory of Susan Sirkman

Joel Horwitz

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Thank you … to those who, in 2016, have provided funds so we can make a difference in young people’s lives

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Rabbi Joe Black … in honor of the Dreskin family

Rabbi Mo Salth

Cantor Suzanne Bernstein … in honor of Aiden Dreskin

Stacy and Bruce Beyer

Noah Budin

Liz and Mike Scafidi

Kathy Glass

Emily Rosen and Dan Gorka … in honor of Rabbi Billy Dreskin … thank you for all of the time you spent with us this year and for your beautiful participation in our wedding ceremony … we are so grateful for your support

David Paul

Larry Grossman

Eli Malakan … leilui nishmat my grandfather Shimon ben Yehzakel … leilui nishmat Jonah

Rabbi Norman Cohen

Madelyn Katz

Sheldon Low

Ben & Jerry’s of White Plains

Chuck and Jessica Myers

Am Shalom, Glencoe, IL

David and Linda Altshuler

Rabbi Marc Margolius

Karen Steele …. in memory of Sean

Michael Skloff

Harriet Lewis

David and Kathy Gelfand

… and growing!

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