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

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Jake Perlman: Ten Years Later (Part 9)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Jake Perlman.

Jake lives and works in Hollywood as a casting coordinator for Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television. After graduating from Northwestern University, he spent a year writing for Entertainment Weekly before he was a part of the casting team at Showtime Networks. He spends his free time baking and hanging out with his cats, Covfefe and Gus.

Jake writes:

I’ve had a pretty complicated relationship with Cinderella for the past decade. Don’t get me wrong, I completely sympathize with Ella, the girl of the cinders. From Lily James and Anna Kendrick’s portrayals on film to Laura Osnes and Keke Palmer on stage, Cinderella and I have crossed paths many times in the last ten years.

The reason why my feelings are mixed is because my last significant memory I have of Jonah is backstage at PGT’s production of Cinderella in which we both had “cameo” appearances as the two footmen.

I tried desperately to find something about our costumes or experience I could sarcastically criticize, but Jonah wouldn’t let me. It’s not as if he would stop me from saying anything specific, but his overall enthusiasm and optimism and commitment to the show, even if our time was completely voluntary, was truly inspiring.

Of course, I didn’t realize at the time how influential it would become later in my life. But now I look back and see how Jonah’s unique sense of self and assurance helps me always look on the bright side of life.


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We all miss that boy. It’ll probably always hurt that he’s gone. But he left us so much, and that’s what these writings express. Watch for them in emails and postings throughout the month. Our hope is that these stories will inspire you to make your gift at jonahmac.org/donate to help us help kids build whole, healthy lives.We continue to miss Jonah and to feel grateful: a) that we had him in our lives; and, b) that he’s inspired us to do good stuff in his name. We’re incredibly honored that you’ve joined us in our work and thank you in advance for donating to our Summer Campaign.

Very sincerely,
Ellen, Billy, Aiden, Katie and Mark
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

ALSO ALSO ALSO … The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is so proud to now be the beneficiaries of the proceeds from four exceptional musical recordings:

“So Is Life” was recorded by (ta da!) So Is Life, which includes Dan Nichols, Josh Nelson, Cantor Rosalie Boxt and Cantor Ellen Dreskin. It’s a magnificent album and is available to you as a download and on CD (if anyone still has a CD player). You can order So Is Life right here.

And now, you can order the music of Beged Kefet (which, for you youngsters out there, was a Jewish performance group that Ellen and Billy were in for a good 20 years or so). Beged Kefet recorded three albums, all now available to you! Our thanks to the members of Beged Kefet — Beth Sher, Cantor Leon Sher, Cantor Riki Lippitz, Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Rabbi Les Bronstein and Rabbi Billy Dreskin — for allowing us to use the proceeds from their three recordings to help kids build whole, healthy lives. You can order your Beged Kefet digital downloads here. We’re also streaming, so check us out on Spotify, Amazon Music or wherever you listen to music!

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