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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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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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“Jonah-Inspired” … daring to dream of peace



Dear friends,

As our “Jonah-Inspired” campaign continues (and we ever-so-gently, and with unabashed desperation, encourage you to donate), we’re sharing with you some of our favorite projects, hoping to inspire you as we ourselves have been inspired … to remember Jonah by bringing increased goodness into the world.

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“Jonah-Inspired” … fighting for immigrant dignity



Dear friends,

At this moment in history, no issue is of greater importance to me than immigrant rights. You certainly know as much as I about our current government’s draconian policies. Not only have the doors to our nation been slammed shut to most but the most privileged, but mistreatment — especially of children — has become a stain on America’s record of compassionate human rights.

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“Jonah-Inspired” … a note from Ellen Dreskin



Dear friends,

As I reflect on The Jonah Maccabee Foundation’s re-articulated mission, “Turning love into action,” I am reminded how 19-year-old Jonah was evolving into someone who saw himself capable of making a big difference in other people’s lives. True to his “Maccabee”-ness, he was often champion to those whose voices were not being heard, and was known for bringing lights of friendship and inclusion to all of the communities of which he was a part.

If you didn’t get a chance to see last week’s note about our work in 2019, I’ve copied it below. I hope you are moved by reading about the ways in which your donations to the Foundation have made a difference in the last twelve months, and that you will donate to our December campaign, “Jonah-Inspired.”

Were Jonah alive today, I can easily imagine him soliciting funds for these organizations, and possibly even running one himself. I believe he is proud of us all.

Thank you again for enabling us to continue to bring Jonah’s light into the world these past 10 years and into the future as well.


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