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With Your Help, Here’s What We Accomplished In 2022

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Dear friends,

We thought you might like to know how we spent the money you donated to The Jonah Maccabee Foundation in 2022.

Here’s the rundown of the grants we made this year:

  • MindLeaps … creates educational paths for vulnerable children by engaging them in fun dance classes that are part of a carefully crafted curriculum to develop key cognitive and social-emotional skills vital to success in school and work.
  • American Indian College Fund … supports Native student access to higher education. With only 14% of American Indians earning college degrees (less than half the national average), AICF empowers 4000 American Indian students annually to start and stay in school, complete degrees and launch careers.
  • Yes We Can … provides full time bilingual education and safe spaces for migrant children at U.S.-Mexico border who have no permanent address to attend school.
  • League of Women Voters … working to protect and expand voting rights through advocacy, education and litigation at the local, state, and national levels.
  • IsraAid … supports Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and supplies humanitarian aid to southern Ukraine
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center … provides free outdoor educational programming to low-resourced communities in the Boston Public Schools
  • The Penguin Project … provides theatrical outlets across the country for young artists with developmental disabilities, joined onstage by children without disabilities who work side-by-side through rehearsals and performances
  • United Negro College Fund …awards more than 10,000 students scholarships annually, and provides financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities
  • “Songleading: A Work of Art” … the Foundation has underwritten this important book that promotes the training of a new generation of capable, effective leaders of communal singing.
  • The PICO Union Project … distributes free, fresh produce, mentors high school students, plants gardens and trees, and provides art programs to lift the minds and spirits of the immigrant communities living in the El Pueblo district in Los Angeles
  • The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project … provides free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in Arizona who face immigration removal proceedings, endeavoring to ensure each immigrant has access to counsel, understands their rights under the law, and is treated fairly and humanely
  • Harmony Project … provides no-cost, high-quality music instruction and social support to underserved children in low-income communities, motivating them to cultivate their human potential
  • The Reform Movement’s Racial Justice Campaign … combats voter suppression, addressing systemic racism by demanding policy change on both a state and federal level
  • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights … advocates for the rights and best interests of immigrant children, from custody and release to the ultimate decision about whether the child will be allowed to remain in the U.S.
  • Play Group Theatre … “preparing kids for every stage in life,” PGT understands that the show isn’t what’s most important when kids do theatre. Learning collaboration, sharpening listening skills, embracing creativity, and treating one another with honor … these are what PGT is all about. We love that!
  • National Diaper Network … provides basic necessities required to build the strong foundations all children, families, and individuals need to thrive and reach their full potential
  • 6 Points Creative Arts Academy … a summer camp that strives to create holistic, meaningful experiences for young artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing
  • The Tali Fund … in memory of Talia Faith Agler, supports Tali’s ongoing work and dreams, helping fund the Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 52nd Street Project … creates and produces new plays for, and often by, kids ages 9-18 who reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City
  • Lifting Up Westchester Summer Camp … gives children who are experiencing homelessness in Westchester County, New York, a safe space filled with fun and games, plus literacy activities that help them retain the past year’s school lessons, preparing for success when the new school year begins.

We hope you feel as good about these grants as we do. Thank you so much for supporting us. We’re grateful to have you with us as we carry forward Jonah’s legacy — his zest for living and his passion for goodness — and, together, work to improve the lives of young people everywhere.

Wishing you every goodness,
Ellen, Billy, Katie, Mark and Aiden
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

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With Your Help, Here’s What We’ve Accomplished So Far In 2022

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Dear friends,

We thought you might like to know how we’ve been spending the money you donated to The Jonah Maccabee Foundation.

Here’s the rundown of the grants we’ve made so far during 2022:

  • IsraAid … supports Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and supplies humanitarian aid to southern Ukraine
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center … provides free outdoor educational programming to low-resourced communities in the Boston Public Schools
  • The Penguin Project … provides theatrical outlets across the country for young artists with developmental disabilities, joined onstage by children without disabilities who work side-by-side through rehearsals and performances
  • United Negro College Fund …awards more than 10,000 students scholarships annually, and provides financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities
  • “Songleading: A Work of Art” … the Foundation has underwritten this important book that promotes the training of a new generation of capable, effective leaders of communal singing.
  • The PICO Union Project … distributes free, fresh produce, mentors high school students, plants gardens and trees, and provides art programs to lift the minds and spirits of the immigrant communities living in the El Pueblo district in Los Angeles
  • The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project … provides free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in Arizona who face immigration removal proceedings, endeavoring to ensure each immigrant has access to counsel, understands their rights under the law, and is treated fairly and humanely
  • Harmony Project … provides no-cost, high-quality music instruction and social support to underserved children in low-income communities, motivating them to cultivate their human potential
  • The Reform Movement’s Racial Justice Campaign … combats voter suppression, addressing systemic racism by demanding policy change on both a state and federal level
  • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights … advocates for the rights and best interests of immigrant children, from custody and release to the ultimate decision about whether the child will be allowed to remain in the U.S.
  • Play Group Theatre … “preparing kids for every stage in life,” PGT understands that the show isn’t what’s most important when kids do theatre. Learning collaboration, sharpening listening skills, embracing creativity, and treating one another with honor … these are what PGT is all about. We love that!
  • National Diaper Network … provides basic necessities required to build the strong foundations all children, families, and individuals need to thrive and reach their full potential
  • 6 Points Creative Arts Academy … a summer camp that strives to create holistic, meaningful experiences for young artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing
  • The Tali Fund … in memory of Talia Faith Agler, supports Tali’s ongoing work and dreams, helping fund the Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 52nd Street Project … creates and produces new plays for, and often by, kids ages 9-18 who reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City
  • Lifting Up Westchester Summer Camp … gives children who are experiencing homelessness in Westchester County, New York, a safe space filled with fun and games, plus literacy activities that help them retain the past year’s school lessons, preparing for success when the new school year begins.

We hope you feel as good about these grants as we do. Thank you so much for supporting us. We’re grateful to have you with us as we carry forward Jonah’s legacy — his zest for living and his passion for goodness — and, together, work to improve the lives of young people everywhere.

Wishing you every goodness,
Ellen, Billy, Katie, Mark and Aiden
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

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“I am not Ukrainian, but I support you”

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We share in your outrage at Russia’s unwarranted invasion of Ukraine. Our hearts are breaking for the men, women and children living peacefully in the democratic nation who must now defend their land and their loved ones against the national thuggery advanced by Putin and those who enable him. The Ukrainians have earned our love and support many times over.

The Jonah Maccabee Foundation has awarded a significant grant to assist in helping refugees as they flee their homes in search of safety. IsraAID has a well-known track record for showing up where crisis occurs, bringing with them doctors and supplies and love from the Land of Israel. As a Jewish family, we are so proud of Israel each time they appear throughout the world bringing help and hope with them. We want the people of Ukraine to hear and to feel the Jewish people supporting them. Sending doctors and supplies from Israel seems like a great way to do that.

Thank you for your generous donations that make this grant possible. If it would be meaningful to you, click here to make your own donation to IsraAID.

We pray for survival, freedom and peace to the people of Ukraine. God bless them all.

Ellen, Billy, Aiden, Katie and Mark

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JMF Awards Grant to Youth Futures in Lod, Israel

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Youth Futures, Lod, IsraelWe’re honored to send our love and assistance to Youth Futures in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood of Lod, Israel, which has seen far too much hate and violence in recent weeks.

Jonah never got to Israel, but was hoping to do so as soon as he could. He loved Jewish life, and he loved people … of all stripes and flavors. We think he would have wanted to help everyone — Arabs and Jews — in Lod.

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JMF Awards Grant to 6 Points Creative Arts Academy

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We’re honored to award a grant to 6 Points Creative Arts Academy, a summer camp program sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism, which strives to create holistic, meaningful experiences for young artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing. The camp is housed at the Westtown School, a Quaker Boarding School on 600 acres located just 25 miles west of Philadelphia.

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JMF Awards Grant to “Harmony Project”

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We’re honored to award a grant to Harmony Project, an inspiring organization that provides high-quality music instruction and social support to children at no cost year ’round. Harmony Project motivates young people to cultivate their human potential — musically and otherwise — in California communities from Long Beach to Pasadena, and Inglewood to Boyle Heights.

Our friend Michael Skloff writes, “I’ve been on the board of this wonderful organization for a few years now. They are transforming the lives of underserved kids and their families all over Southern California and beyond!”

Harmony Project

In support of such a terrific and valuable program, and in honor of our friend Michael Skloff, The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is delighted to support Project Harmony with a grant from our Arts Fund. Learn more by visiting Harmony Project online.

Thank you for your donations that make our support possible.

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“Beat the Virus” Campaign a Lifesaving Success!

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You really came through for us. Well, not just for us. You came through for all of the organizations below to which we have forwarded grants that will help so many to make it through the pandemic.

Thank you.

What a privilege to join you in bringing a little more goodness into the world.

What a humbling honor to have you help us remember our Jonah, and to transform our loss into blessing.

Here are the 10 grants we’ve made. SO FAR. We’re going to keep sending money to communities across America. Transcending politics, we’re going to feed people wherever we can, for the only reason that they’re hungry.

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JMF Awards Grant to “Angela Gold Music Scholarship Fund”

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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.

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Campaign for Racial Justice Concludes

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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

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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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