While some knew him as Jonah and others as Mac, we all loved and respected him. And we miss him dearly.

If you’d like to stay in touch, sign up for our newsletter.

To purchase the music of So Is Life and Beged Kefet," visit jonahmac.org/music.

The Jonah Maccabee Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations. Our Federal tax ID # is 45-1736178.


Jonah @ PGT: Liza and Allison Pincus

Jonah'sYears@PGT.2013.11.BlogAd.Final.large“Jonah’s Years at PGT” is The Jonah Maccabee Foundation’s autumn fundraiser for 2013. Throughout November and December 2013, we’ll be remembering, mainly through the writing of his friends, some of the great fun and growing Jonah experienced at PGT. We’re hoping you’ll be inspired to help us provide other kids with similarly loving direction along the road to wholeness during their own childhood years. Please consider making your tax-deductible gift at jonahmac.org by Sunday, January 5, 2014. Okay, or any other time. Thank you. You’re the best!


Liza and Allison Pincus remember …

Liza and Allison Pincus

Liza and Allison Pincus


Liza is working as Executive Assistant to the Chief Business Officer for SoundCloud in Brooklyn. Allison is currently working at Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC in Washington, DC as a Civil Rights Litigation Paralegal. She plans to attend law school.

*    *    *

Liza: I will never forget when Jonah presented our Hair cast with the pins he’d made for us: ‘Psychedelicize South Korea.’ He did it just to be sweet, just to make us laugh, just to show how much he cared about us.”

Allison: As Billy reminded me recently, I was there when Jonah first walked through the doors at PGT, helping students sign in before their auditions. I listened through the door as Jonah performed his monologue: the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz.

Jonah's button design for the cast of "Hair"

Jonah’s button design for the cast of “Hair”

Jonah was cast with me in Lucky Stiff that first season. He played a series of smaller parts, the most memorable of which was the thug with the baseball bat. That character wasn’t written into the play, but Jonah created a character background, props, a specific walk, and spoke with a cockney accent. I could tell he was really getting into it and finding himself at PGT. That was his first show.

When I came back to PGT three years later to watch my sister, Liza, and the rest of the senior class perform in Hair, I was blown away by Jonah’s presence on stage. He was certainly no cowardly lion now.

After the show, Jonah walked around comfortably, giving hugs to his fellow cast members and PGT’ers past and present. This is totally part of the culture at PGT, but not the norm for a teenaged boy. Jonah embraced it.

Ellen adds: We are so grateful that Allison was the very first person Jonah met when we arrived for that first audition. She proclaimed herself the “Welcome Committee,” and made sure that Jonah felt at home within his first five minutes, quite possibly changing his life forever.

P.S. Please give generously to our Autumn 2013 campaign at jonahmac.org. As always, we are ever grateful for your friendship and support.

Leave a Reply

Recent Comments