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We can still use your help!

Our Beat the Virus campaign has touched a lot of lives. We’ve provided somewhere in the vicinity of 2500 meals which seems like a lot of families, doesn’t it? In truth, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to how many families are in need of help while weathering the coronavirus. With about ten days remaining in our winter campaign, we’re hoping that, if you are able, you’ll donate generously. We’re going to send grants to as many states across America as we can.

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Our Winter Campaign (“Beat the Virus”) is on its way!

We’ve had a phenomenal first week for the campaign. More than seventy donations have come in, which is not only heartwarming for our family but is also going to help our team (that’s you and us together) do some real good out there for folks who are struggling to get through the pandemic.

We’ve already made these two grants:

  • The Pico Union Project in Los Angeles, which is distributing free fresh produce, children’s books and household supplies every week to 2000 neighborhood families in the area known as El Pueblo de Los Ángeles.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, whose mission is, “We exist simply because people in our community struggle with meeting a basic human need—having enough to eat.” During the pandemic, that need has increased exponentially.

Because of your generosity, we’re able (that’s you and us together!) to award these grants and assist some very wonderful community organizations in their vital work.

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

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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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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“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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