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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “Beat the Virus!” Campaign

We are so grateful that you take the time and dollars to support our work. It’s incredibly gratifying and this list of donors to our “Beat the Virus!” Campaign is a small but earnest expression of our thanks. May our shared efforts bring ever-increasing goodness into a world that so desperately needs it.

The Dreskins and Boonshofts

 


Jill, Steven, Aviva and Ilana Abusch … in memory of our Jonah, because we miss him everyday

Rabbi Beth Davidson

Martine Klein and family

Rabbi Mike Mellen

Rabbi Jan and Cantor Lanie Katzew

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Beat the Virus! (our December campaign has begun)

The coronavirus. 13,000,000 cases. 260,000 deaths. And that’s just in the United States.

Along with that, despite news of a recovering economy, more than 11,000,000 people are unemployed. And another 12,000,000 are scheduled to lose federal pandemic relief when it expires at the end of December.

During the month of December, as a cold, cold winter really sets in, we’re asking you to help us help families that are struggling to simply put food on their table.

Won’t you please make a generous donation to our Beat the Virus Fund so we can help families across the country make it through the pandemic? We’ll identify local food pantries and other community services, providing grants to help assist folks who need a helping hand.

Thank you.

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

Thank you … to those who, in 2020, have provided funds so we can make a difference in people’s lives

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Joe Casario … in honor of Christopher Casario

Peter Allard … in memory of Rebecca Wixted, long time local music fan

Elaine Cutler

Robbie Harris

Nancy Samson … in memory of Jonah Maccabee

George and Chris Markley

Cantor Louise Treitman … in honor of Cantor Sharon Kohn

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Not An Ask … Just A Thank You

These past five months have been hard on everyone. With so many out of work, or worried about being out of work, or just worried, we weren’t sure we should ask for donations.

In March, April and May, as the coronavirus began its march across our country and the world, we thought we’d bring you some needed love and distraction through an Online Concert Series that featured performances by Dan NicholsChava MirelThe LevinsElana ArianKenny GreenDaniel CainerEllen AllardNoah AronsonEliana Light, and Nefesh Mountain.

While enjoying the music, you still managed to give and give and give and, together, you and we provided support to health clinics across the country that were taking care of the underserved in our communities: folks who can’t afford health insurance, and undocumented immigrants whose fear of arrest keeps them away from hospitals. Because of your generosity, we were able to award grants to Centro SOL community health clinic (in Baltimore, MD), La Clínica (in San Francisco, CA), People’s Community Clinic (in Austin, TX), Phoenix Allies for Community Health (in Phoenix, AZ), and NYC Health + Hospitals (in New York, NY).

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JMF Awards Grant to “Angela Gold Music Scholarship Fund”

We’re honored to award a grant to the Angela Gold Music Scholarship Fund to help raise the next generation of future song leaders.

Ellen writes, “So many of my best friendships, including my friendship with Angela Gold, grew from time spent together at Songleading and Jewish music conferences such as Hava Nashira and Songleader Boot Camp. Hundreds of poets, composers, musicians, liturgists and clergy have been inspired by these gatherings, and Angela was at the center of it all with her warmth and generosity, her amazing guitar skills and beautiful voice, and her ability to teach and share with passion and joy. Continuing the blessing of Angela’s life by providing scholarship funds specifically to budding young songleaders and music educators is a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come.”

The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is delighted to support the Angela Gold Music Scholarship Fund with a grant from our Arts Fund. Learn more by visiting the Angela Gold Music Scholarship Fund online.

Thank you for your donations that make our support possible.

Campaign for Racial Justice Concludes

Our Campaign for Racial Justice has ended. And we just want to thank you for supporting, in these difficult times, our requests for donations. Because of your generosity, we were able to award four significant grants to:

  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.
  4. BlackLine, a 24-hour hotline geared towards the Black, Black LGBTQI, Brown, Native and Muslim community. BlackLine provides an anonymous and confidential avenue to report negative, physical, and inappropriate contact with police and vigilantes. BlackLine provides immediate crisis counseling to those who are upset, need to talk with someone immediately, or are in distress.

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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

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