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680 Arrested in MS … JMF Awards 6 More Grants to Help Immigrant Kids

With 680 undocumented workers arrested in a record-setting immigration sweep on the first day of school in Mississippi, The Jonah Maccabee Foundation felt the need to do something.

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. They create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to support, engage, and empower them to make their voices heard and win! Read the rest of this entry »

Slackline

Dear Jonah,

I often find myself wondering where your life might have taken you. What career would you have chosen? Would you have found a partner with whom to share the empire? With a life that ended at age nineteen, you were nowhere near resolving these or many other questions. And while that was fine then, it leaves me pretty much at a loss filling in the details of the life that might have lay ahead.

Every now and then, I see something I’m sure would have caught your eye. But sometimes I see something and I’m definitely not sure what you would have thought about it. I think of you anyway.

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JMF Awards 5 Grants to Help Immigrant Kids Down South

Photos are not allowed in U.S. Immigration Court, but you can imagine what it’s like for a young child to go through a deportation hearing. Of children who enter Immigration Court without a lawyer, 9 out of 10 are deported. When provided legal representation, half are able to remain in the United States.

With the successful completion of our summer campaign, The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is honored to direct grants to the following five organizations:

  • RAICES: Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is hard at work throughout the state or Texas providing free legal information, referrals and direct representation for unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
  • The Florence Project: The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project provides free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona who are facing immigration removal proceedings. The Florence Project endeavors to ensure that each immigrant has access to counsel, understands their rights under the law, and is treated fairly and humanely.
  • KIND: Kids in Need of Defense works to: a) ensure no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation; b) secure legislation that ensures children’s protection and their right to due process; and, c) promote in countries of origin solutions to child migration grounded in the best interests of the child, to ensure that no child is forced to involuntarily migrate.
  • Families Belong Together: As we continue to witness America’s betrayal of its long-standing passion for being a nation of refugees, some 250 organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds have joined together to fight family separation and detention, seek accountability for the harm that’s been done, and to reunite all families who remain torn apart.
  • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights: The Young Center advocates for the rights and best interests of immigrant children, from custody and release to the ultimate decision about whether the child will be allowed to remain in the U.S.

The Jonah Maccabee Foundation feels privileged to be able to support this most worthy work. Learn more by visiting these organizations’ website or home on Facebook.

Thank YOU for making our support possible.

Jill Abusch: Ten Years Later (Part 18 … and our final writing)

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 Jill Abusch.

Jill is co-founder, Artistic Director, Camp Director and resident second mommy to many students and alumni of The Play Group Theatre. Along with directing many of PGT’s stage productions, Jill teaches a variety of classes from Little Theatre to Advanced Acting Technique, and has gone into schools and camps to train teachers on the use of drama in the classroom.  She studied acting and directing at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Classical Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Drama. She adores working alongside her husband and partner, Steven, and is especially proud of their best productions, by far, Aviva and Ilana.

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Ale Rabellino: Ten Years Later (Part 17)

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 Ale Rabellino.

Ale is a graphic designer at McCann Erickson in New York. After graduating from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta in 2017, she moved back to her native New York (albeit New Jersey this time around). When she’s not working, you can find her at the Biergarten with her 95 year old grandma, at a Broadway show or concert, or enjoying her family’s delicious Mediterranean cooking.

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Andrea Zlotowitz: Ten Years Later (Part 16)

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 Andrea Zlotowitz.

Andrea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and currently works at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards setting up exhibitions of student work across the country. She finds joy in cooking, seeing art and spending time outdoors, some of which she was able to enjoy with Jonah.

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Jamie Rubin: Ten Years Later (Part 15)

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 Jamie Rubin.

Jamie currently lives in New Jersey, after moving from Chicago to New York City in April of 2016. She has been a nanny for a family of four rambunctious boys for the last two and half years, while also going to school full time. On top of that, she began a weight loss journey, saw 80 pounds disappear and is still going. She never saw herself as a gym goer but is now obsessed with one called Orange Theory Fitness. Jamie graduated two weeks ago having earned her BA in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education and is going to start teaching in the fall. She’s also going to start the masters program at Montclair State University this fall. Aside from all this, Jamie is also getting married in November!

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Simone Woolis: Ten Years Later (Part 14)

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 Simone Woolis.

Simone is a barista/bartender living in Brooklyn. She spends her free time writing, listening to music, walking around the city, and taking way too many pictures of her cats. She’s working on becoming a Peer Mentor to youth struggling with mental health issues, and hopes she can help others as much as Jonah helped her.

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Maddie Hendricks: Ten Years Later (Part 13)

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 Maddie Hendricks.

Maddie has worked on the CW’s Jane The Virgin for the past five years, starting as the Showrunner’s assistant, then as an Associate Producer, and is currently a writer on the staff. Maddie is also a playwright whose work has been published by Samuel French. She co-created See What Sticks, a monthly workshop with an audience in LA where artists of all disciplines come together to present works in progress.

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David White: Ten Years Later (Part 12)

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 David White.

David is currently a youth director at Temple Beth El in Great Neck, NY. He is beginning his studies at HUC this summer. He has a long connection with NFTY NAR and the URJ Kutz Camp, which is how how he knew Jonah.

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