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Thank You for Participating in Our Hurricane Harvey Relief Project

Hurricane Harvey has caused so much upheaval and devastation in Texas. Your donations help us to help them. Together. The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is working with Save the Children to provide needed assistance. But this is likely only the beginning of vital relief projects. First, we help with shelter and...Read More »


Charlottesville!

In light of Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, we’re adding a new project to our agenda. It’s vital that every American stand in opposition to racism, white supremacists, and hatred. Committed to helping create a world where kids can grow up healthy and whole, The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is...Read More »


Join JMF's effort to help families in war-torn Yemen

Far away and out of mind, but the Republic of Yemen, in the Arabian Peninsula, is contending with violence and famine and disease as a result of six years of internal and external conflicts. 7 million people are at risk of famine, with more than a million children under the...Read More »


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....Read More »


Know What We've Been Up To?

As we begin this summer’s campaign (throughout the month of June), here’s an update on what we’ve been doing lately.

When we created The Jonah Maccabee Foundation, we began inviting you to donate to one of three “buckets” —  areas of communal importance that we thought were also important...Read More »


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....Read More »


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...Read More »


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...Read More »


JMF Gives Shakespeare an Encore

Once again, The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is thrilled to provide a grant to Mainestage Shakespeare of Kennebunk, Maine. MaineStage Shakespeare is a nonprofit theater company made up of  young, passionate theater artists from around the country who believe in the benefits of the resident repertory theater company, actors who can develop their...Read More »


Missing My Mom

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Ida F. Dreskin lived for 93 years, and was well on her way to 94. She was my mom and I really thought she had an excellent chance of seeing a hundred. But...Read More »


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

Our 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...Read More »


In Memory of Ida F. Dreskin

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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...Read More »


Noah Budin: Another Good Guy Award!

This 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...Read More »


Thank You for Participating in Our Louisiana Relief Project!

We’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...Read More »


Join JMF's effort to help families in Baton Rouge & across Louisiana

Dear friends,

Our thoughts are with those living in areas that are struggling to contend with the flooding in Baton Rouge and other parts of Louisiana. We’re preparing to forward grants from The Jonah Maccabee Foundation to help kids who are caught in the mess down there. We hope you will join us by making...Read More »


JMF Responds to Black Shootings

We’re all horrified by the unnecessary shootings and deaths of African-Americans who did not present a threat to law enforcement officials. And while we love and support our police departments nationwide, we hope they will do the much-needed work to ensure that the officers who protect us don’t unjustifiably kill...Read More »


Shop @ Amazon -- Support the JMF!

Hi. Here’s an easy way to support The Jonah Maccabee Foundation all year long. Just click on the image at right or the link below and arrange with Amazon.com to send a few dollars our way every now and then. We’ll use it to continue the good works...Read More »


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

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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 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...Read More »


JMF makes grant to The Tali Fund

We’re pleased and honored to support on your behalf the work of The Tali Fund. Established to remember the life of Talia Faith Agler (1985-2012), The Tali Fund provides crucial support to the Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi, Kenya, in reaching, rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating trafficked and abused girls.

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"Summer Campaign 2016" Has Begun! Join Us!

Hi!

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Hitting you up for a donation just before you get a chance to spend it on summer movies and frappucinos.

Throughout the winter, we made a whole bunch of grants, doing our best to put your previous frappes (okay, probably ice-cones) to...Read More »


JMF Makes Gift to Danny Siegel's Mitzvah Work in Israel

For decades, one of our personal mitzvah heroes, Danny Siegel, has been teaching young people how and where to make an impact with their tzedakah work. This summer, he is returning once again to Israel where he will mentor his newest group of would-be mitzvah heroes.

The Dreskin family has known...Read More »


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...Read More »


Shop @ Amazon -- Support the JMF!

Hi. Here’s an easy way to support The Jonah Maccabee Foundation all year long. Just click on the image at right or the link below and arrange with Amazon.com to send a few dollars our way every now and then. We’ll use it to continue the good works...Read More »


Thanks to all who contributed to our "Half Off" Fall Campaign!

We got a bit silly on this one. We’re grateful for everyone who had a sense of humor about it and who understood that your gifts are so very much needed and appreciated. You fill our hearts and keep us strong.


Fran and Richard Pursell. In honor of the...Read More »


JMF Set to Help Syrian Refugees

According to UNICEF, “seven and a half million children are affected by the brutal four-year-old conflict in Syria.” Their families (if they still have one) worry about the ongoing violence, the destruction of roads, buildings (their homes!), schools, hospitals and vital services like water and sewage.

2 million child refugees whose...Read More »


Susan Colin and OySongs Support JMF

Susan Colin is a co-owner of OySongs, the online Jewish music download service. At this year’s URJ Biennial in Orlando, Susan was selling CDs and other music products throughout the convention. Among her wares was the “So Is Life” CD just released by Cantor Rosalie Boxt, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Josh Nelson...Read More »


Project Morry Receives Gift from JMF

We’re so delighted to have awarded a grant from The Jonah Maccabee Foundation to Project Morry, a nonprofit, year-round youth development organization that helps young people from underserved communities in and around New York City to succeed in school and in life. Each year, more than 400 children participate in enriching...Read More »


Remembering Iris Siegel

We’re so deeply grateful to everyone who donated in memory of Ellen’s mom, Iris Siegel. Iris was a beautiful soul who lived a long, wonderful life, loved by her family and her friends alike. Everyone who met her was struck by her cheerful grace and unforgettable smile. Her memory is...Read More »


Doug Passon: Another Good Guy Award

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Doug Passon, President and Creative Director of D Major Films, for his kindness and generosity during the “So Is Life” performance at the URJ Biennial in Orlando last week.

Doug is responsible for producing the documentary, “Road to Eden,” which follows singer-songwriter Dan Nichols as...Read More »


Philip Levine Adds His Magic Touch to JMF

A huge shout-out to Philip Levine for putting together the CD purchase page on our website. Billy is our usual “tech guy” and since he’s not very good at it, this little project would have taken an eternity to get up and running.

Bumping into Philip at Ellen’s (and Dan’s...Read More »


"So Is Life" CD Benefits JMF!

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Rosalie Boxt, Ellen Dreskin, Josh Nelson and Dan Nichols — all great singer-performers in their own right — have come together and created a beautiful synergy with their first CD, “So Is Life.” Filled with exquisite tunes and instrumentations, “So Is Life” will delight the ears and inspire the...Read More »


Jacob Spike Kraus Rocks the House!

Jacob Spike Kraus, URJ summer camp songleader and newly-acclaimed recording artist, lifted hearts and the roof at Woodlands Community Temple (White Plains, NY) during their annual Jonah Maccabee Family Concert. Held during special religious school programming to introduce children and their parents to the wonders of the Union...Read More »


Thank you ... to those who, in 2015, have provided funds so we can make a difference in young people’s lives

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Matthew and Jenna Berger Bottiglieri.

Rabbi Bernard Mehlman.

Rabbi Julie Danan.

Leona Paul. In memory of Susan Sirkman.

Rabbi Steven Lowenstein.

Debbie’s Treasure Chest. In memory of Susan Sirkman.

Danielle Rodnizki. In honor of Debra Winter on her birthday!

Robert and Patti Mittelman.

Myron Katz. In memory of Rina Katz.

Jo and Frank Hariton.

Cantor Sharon Kohn. In honor of Cantor...Read More »


Thank you for your donation to our "Summer Camp '15" campaign!

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We’re so deeply grateful to all of you who donated to our “Summer Camp ’15” campaign to benefit Kutz Camp. We are ever-blessed to have your support!

Ellen, Billy, Katie and Aiden

 


Jared Turell. In celebration of his becoming a Bar Mitzvah.

Jonathan and Shari Turell. In honor of their son, Jared,...Read More »


JMF Gives Shakespeare a Hand

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The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is thrilled to provide a grant to Mainestage Shakespeare of Kennebunk, Maine. MaineStage Shakespeare is a nonprofit theater company made up of  young, passionate theater artists from around the country who believe in the benefits of the resident repertory theater company, actors who can develop their craft together...Read More »


Time to Pony Up! Our "Summer Camp!" Campaign Has Begun!

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If summer is approaching, then it’s time for us to ask you for some bucks. And this summer, we’re trying something different. With your help, we’d like to make one big gift at the end of the campaign. The recipient we’ve selected is Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY. We’ve...Read More »


6th Annual Jonah Maccabee Concert is Coming!

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If you can make your way to White Plains, NY, on Saturday, March 7 @ 8:00 pm, you’ll find a wonderful concert for a wonderful cause waiting for you. A mash-up of The Levins and Billy Jonas will be filling...Read More »


Thank you for your donation to our "Winter Music '14" campaign!

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A million thanks to everybody who donated to our “Winter Music ’14” campaign. We feel so incredibly blessed to have you with us!

Ellen, Billy, Katie and Aiden

 


The Gaber family. In memory of Jonah Dreskin and Brad Gaber.

Frank Squillante.

Alice Passer. In memory of David F. Passer and Jonah “Mac” Dreskin.

Jessica and...Read More »


Thank you to all who've donated to our "Summer Music" campaign!

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Hi, everybody. Here are the names of all who have donated (so far) to our “Summer Music!” campaign. Your name missing? There’s still time to join in, and we’d be honored to have you. Stop by jonahmac.org/donate today!


Harriet Levine.

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik.

Bruce Ginsberg. In memory of Jonah...Read More »


Thoughts on the 5th Annual Jonah Maccabee Concert

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Somehow, this never got published. I wrote it shortly after our March 2014 concert, but life must have gotten away from me and this just sat in the bullpen. Well, here it is now. I hope it’s still got some resonance.

Billy


 

This year’s 5th Annual Jonah Maccabee Concert has...Read More »


Our "Summer Music" 2014 Campaign is On!

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Honoring Herb and Norman Friedman on Their 80th Birthday!

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We are so humbled that our good friends, Herb and Norman Friedman, asked that their friends honor them on the occasion of their 80th birthdays by making donations to The Jonah Maccabee Foundation. Mentshes par excellence!

Thank you, boys!

 


We’re so pleased to have joined forces with Jessica Hendricks and The Brave Collection, selling exquisite jewelry made by artisans in Cambodia. The proceeds help these communities attain self-sufficiency and to combat human trafficking. At the same time, part of the proceeds come back...Read More »


3 Days Only!! Valentine's Day Gifts to Share Love and Healing Across the Globe! Wed, Feb 5 - Fri, Feb 7, 2014

JMF and The Brave Collection for Valentine's Day!

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This Valentine’s Day, let your love change the world! We happily and proudly announce gifts that you can purchase online, receive in time for February 14, and that will positively impact the lives of people both here and abroad. Read on!

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Thank you ... for supporting our Autumn 2013 campaign!

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Dear friends,

Our Autumn 2013 campaign has now come to a close. Our most successful yet, we are so very grateful to you for supporting us. The Jonah Maccabee Foundation endeavors to bring deeper possibilities for young people to live whole and healthy lives, and our promise to you is...Read More »


The World Bids Reluctant Farewell to Superman Sam

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Our hearts go out to Phyllis and Michael Sommer on the death of their beautiful 8-year-old son, Superman Sam. It seems as if no place has been untouched, no corner a little bit darkened, by Sam’s death.

Rabbi Emma Gottlieb wrote an...Read More »


Thank you ... to our 2013 Volunteers, who have supported our efforts with the precious gift of time

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The gang at Roher/Sprague Partners … Melanie Roher, Sue Ann Sprague and Adam Lein

Andy Farber

Barry Kessler

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Thank you ... to those who, in 2013, have provided funds so we can make a difference in young people’s lives

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Dana Gershon and Rabbi Jonah Pesner.

Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman.

Rabbi Marcus Burstein and Eric Larson.

Stacy Beyer. In memory of Edyth Zuckerman.

Cantor Jill Abramson.

Rev. Joseph Gilmore. In honor of Dr. Walter Wink.

Danny Siegel.

Gail Nalven.

Rabbi David and Kathy Gelfand. In memory of Jonah.

Elane, Fred, Heather and Adam Sommer. In memory of Elane’s parents,...Read More »


Thank you ... for donating to our Road Trip Summer 2013 Campaign

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Allison Pincus.

Rabbi Bernard Mehlman.

Julie, Tom, Ben and Leila Hirschfeld. Your summer journeys series is such a beautiful way to memorialize Jonah, and helps us learn about him and what he meant to you and your family. Please use this donation in whatever way it will do the most good!...Read More »


Thank you ... to our 2012 Volunteers, who have supported our efforts with the precious gift of time

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Lindsey Jaffe Myers

Fran Levey

Andy Farber

Barry Kessler

Hannah Mittleman

Jessica Sher

...Read More »

Thank you ... to those who, in 2012, have provided funds so we can make a difference in young people’s lives

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Norman and Pat Friedman. In memory of Jonah Maccabee Dreskin.

Jayne Wexler.

Rabbi Glynis Conyer.

Dr. Daniel Lucas.

Tina Liebling.

Jeanne and Murray Bodin.

Mary Ann Shamis.

Cathy Rolland.

Kenneth Stern and Rabbi Margie Slome. In honor of Ellen Dreskin and all the volunteers from Woodlands who played an amazing role in the clean-up and rebuilding of West...Read More »


Thank you ... for donating to our Super Storm Sandy 2012 Relief Project

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Jo and Frank Hariton.

Eddie and Roxanne Sukol.

Ronni Schatz.

Michael Karnes.

Cantor Lisa Levine. In honor of Shirley Lipco Baker.

Rabbi Dan Roberts.

Janet Leuchter.

Herb and Melissa Baer.

Ellen Bittner.

Tom Staebell and Mark Horowitz.

Yvette Shandel.

George and Chris Markley.

Rabbis Liz Rolle and Phil Schechter.

Robin and David Suarez. What a beautiful way to celebrate Jonah’s life. We...Read More »


Thank you ... for donating to our Commencement Gifts 2012 Campaign ... our first project ever!

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Rabbi Amy and Gary Perlin. In honor of our son Jonah’s law school graduation. Our family remembers Jonah with you. Zichrono livracha.

The Breskin family.

Matt Grob. In memory of Jonah, and in recognition of Billy and Ellen’s work to honor his memory.

Mary Ann Shamis.

Cantor Stephen Richards.

Merrill and Laura Rotter.

Susan and Rob...Read More »


Thank you ... to those who responded to our "Twerking Challenge"!

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Okay, admittedly this was a bit weird, but a challenge was posted on Andrew Kessler’s Facebook page for Billy to work Miley Cyrus’ twerking performance at the 2013 Video Music Awards into his Yom Kippur sermon in exchange for $750 in donations. Thanks to all who joined the challenge and...Read More »


Congratulations to Max Klainberg

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Max received NFTY-NAR’s 2013 “Jonah Maccabee Dreskin Memorial Ruach Award.”

Presented for bringing heart, enthusiasm, compassion, depth, kindness, and most importantly, an indomitable spirit to NFTY-NAR. Max received a $100 in music downloads from oySongs.com, a beautiful company.

...Read More »

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