Welcome! The Jonah Maccabee Foundation was founded not too long after our son and brother, Jonah Maccabee Dreskin, died at the age of 19. He was away at college and his death remains a mystery to this day. Missing him terribly but wanting to remember what was wonderful about his life rather than what went horribly wrong, our family created this project in order to remember and celebrate the things we loved and cherished most about Jonah.
Please come in and look around. You’ll soon find that we provide grants to organizations that are doing some of the the things that Jonah loved most: the arts, social justice, and Jewish life. If you’re inspired by any of this, you are most cordially invited to make your own gift.
Also, soon after Jonah died, Billy began writing letters to Jonah. Some of these are filled with memories of Jonah’s life. Others respond to things happening in the world around us that bring Jonah to mind. You’re welcome to spend some time getting to know Jonah and sharing in his father’s journey of remembrance and tribute.
Also, we’ve opened Jonah’s Trading Post which is filled with music that Billy and Ellen and some of their friends have created through the years. Everything there (audio recordings, as well as sheet music) is available for a donation of any size to the Foundation. We hope you find something you love.
Lastly, please enjoy the 4-minute video we’ve posted here. It features words from just a few of our grant recipients. We hope you will gain a greater understanding of where your donations go and what we are all about.
May the road ahead find us joining hands to bring our very best gifts to all whom we meet along the way.
Ellen, Billy, Katie and Aiden Dreskin
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation — “Turning love into action”