While some knew him as Jonah and others as Mac, we all loved and respected him. And we miss him dearly.

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Thank you … to those who, in 2021, have provided funds so we can make a difference in people’s lives

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Joe Casario … in honor of Christopher Casario

Rachel P. Kort … in honor of Ellen Dreskin for the light she brings to our world AND Beth Or community

Anonymous … in memory of Jonah

Batya Ben-David

Danny Siegel

Rabbi Jonathan and Susan Stein

Karen Steele … happy birthday, Billy!

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Just a few days left — can you help?

There are only a couple of days left to our Beat the Virus campaign. We’re going to keep helping food pantries to stock their shelves, so if you haven’t yet made your gift, please know it’ll be put to good use.

The coronavirus is everywhere, and lives throughout our nation have been upended. Because of you, we’ve been able to make these 8 grants:

  • Feeding Texas, in partnership with 21 member food banks, reaches over four million Texans each year with food and resources.
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, with its network of 500+ partners—including food pantries and meal sites—works to meet increased need during the pandemic.
  • Feeding New York State, helping the food banks of New York State ensure that every person in every community across New York State has access to good, healthy food.
  • Food Bank of Iowa, providing food for Iowa children, families and seniors, and striving to fulfill a vision of a hunger-free Iowa.
  • Community Emergency Relief Volunteers, helping families in the local community of Northfield, Vermont, to put food on their tables during the pandemic.
  • The Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund of the First Nations Development Institute, which is helping Native American families in California, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, New York, Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe and other Covid-19 hotspots, to get through these difficult times.
  • 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.

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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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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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