Grants

“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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“Jonah-Inspired” … daring to dream of peace

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FROM JONAH’S DAD

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

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FROM JONAH’S DAD

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.

Billy“Jonah-Inspired” … fighting for immigrant dignity
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