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1st Three Grants Awarded in Campaign for Racial Justice

Three weeks ago, as America’s passion for freedom seemed finally to embrace black Americans, The Jonah Maccabee Foundation began our Campaign for Racial Justice.

We’re pleased to share with you that the following grants have been awarded because of your generosity:

  1. The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
  2. The Poor People’s Campaign, co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, advocates on behalf of the 140 million poor and low-wealth people in our nation — from every race, creed, color, sexuality and place — agitating from coast-to-coast “to challenge the lie of scarcity in the midst of abundance.” You can sign their open letter to lawmakers, which calls for the protection and expansion of the right to vote, consequences for abuses of police power, demilitarization of the police and an end to mass incarceration, universal healthcare for all (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic), and the establishment of a National Truth Commission on the violence of systemic racism.
  3. Fair Fight is an organization founded by Stacey Abrams (former Georgia congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate) to combat voter suppression of voters of color and young voters. Fair Fight promotes fair elections, encourages voter participation, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights.

We are so proud to support these three organizations, and grateful to have your support during our Campaign for Racial Justice in making these grants possible.

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our Campaign for Racial Justice

We are so grateful that you take the time and dollars to support our work. It’s so incredibly gratifying. This list of donors to our Campaign for Racial Justice is a small but earnest way to thank you. May our efforts bring ever-increasing goodness into a world that so desperately needs it.

The Dreskins and Boonshofts


Tracy Friend … in memory of George Floyd

Sally Winter

Andrea Zlotowitz … in memory of Devra Freelander because she would be fighting for racial and social justice if she were still alive

Frank Squillante

Joanna Sasson

Rabbi Aaron Petuchowski

Michael Skloff

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Campaign for Racial Justice

Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd.

Many have labored to eliminate racism and build a truly just America, but it’s clear we have a long, long way to go, and much, much more to do.

The Jonah Maccabee Foundation has begun a Campaign for Racial Justice to which we welcome your donations throughout the month of June. We will direct grants to organizations that are working to ensure that justice is served and systemic change can be effected throughout our nation.

The Jonah Maccabee Foundation has promised to honor Jonah’s life by “turning love into action.” We are humbled to be your partner in working for sustained meaningful change in our society. Thank you for supporting our Campaign for Racial Justice.

“Jonah-Inspired” … and now this

“Jonah-Inspired” … one last-ditch effort to, you know, take your money

Dear friends,

It’s the last day of our “Jonah-Inspired” campaign. And since we’re not above groveling to get a few more dollars from you, consider us down on our knees as we tell you, “We’d love to accept your donation on this December 31st final day of the year.”

Jonah would have loved this part. He loved money. He rarely spent any, mind you, because he was a saver. But he really enjoyed having it, so a subject line like, “last ditch effort to, you know, take your money” would have evoked that great smile of his. And like his old man, he’d have feigned disappointment that none of the money is actually for him, but he’d secretly love all the good that’s being done with it. And in his name — that would have just taken the cake!

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Jonah-Inspired … Lord, Prepare Me to Build a Sanctuary

Dear friends,

It’s the last day of our “Jonah-Inspired” December campaign. If you haven’t yet done so, we’d be honored to welcome your gift at jonahmac.org.

Not quite ready? Here’s something to get you in the mood.

A week ago, we welcomed into our home accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter Larry Milder. Larry, a rabbi, has been on sabbatical and is traveling cross country performing his music. We asked him to stop by our home and join us in raising funds to assist a local church engaged in a beautiful and important project.

South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, NY, has been an activist congregation for many decades so, during this current political climate filled with acts of repression against America’s immigrant community (is anyone NOT an immigrant?), South Church declared itself a sanctuary church. Since then, they’ve been working to raise the money to create housing. Residents of Dobbs Ferry and its surrounding communities have been pitching in to help.

And so did we.

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A note from Billy … when kids are the ones who have to stop the guns

Dear friends,

Jonah didn’t know how different a world he lived in. Columbine happened when he was 9 years old. Virginia Tech when he was 17. He didn’t live to know about Sandy Hook in Newtown, or Charlie Hebdo in Paris, or Emanuel Church in Charleston, or the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, or the country music festival in Las Vegas, or the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

Had Jonah lived, he pretty likely would have shared the outrage of his peers that the adults who run this world do nothing to make things better. I imagine he’d have applauded the decision that young people would have to lead the way. I also imagine he’d have joined the movement.

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A note from Ellen … kindling creative lights for children with special needs

Dear friends,

It’s Maccabee season. At our house, we have a large collection of hanukkiyot and dreidles, and a refrigerator door filled with magnetic photos of 31 years of family Hanukkah celebrations.

At this time of year, it is particularly wonderful to illuminate the darkness around us with stories of light and the real-life heroes whose work will change our world, candle by candle. We are delighted to share with you one more of the many ways in which your donations are bringing light into the world. We hope that you’ll be inspired to join us on our journey and that you will donate to our December campaign, “Jonah-Inspired.”

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“Jonah-Inspired” … a letter to Jonah from his Dad

Dear Jonah,

So we’re running this campaign for the foundation. We call it “Jonah-Inspired.” The premise here is that when we award grants with the money that people donate, we’re selecting organizations and projects we think you yourself might have chosen, whether to donate money or to volunteer your time.

But where does that come from, this inspiration? Well, frankly, you’re kind of legendary. From the moment you disappeared, the stories about you began to surface. I mean, I knew you were a nice guy and all, but I had no idea how many individual lives you had touched in seemingly unforgettable ways.

Here are just a few of the notes that people left for you when they’d learned you were gone:

“You’ve been my hero since the day I met you.”

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “Jonah-Inspired” Campaign!

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

The Dreskins and Boonshofts


Al and Sara Dreskin

Marta Kauffman … in honor of the entire Dreskin family

Danny Siegel

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