We’re all horrified by the unnecessary shootings and deaths of African-Americans who did not present a threat to law enforcement officials. And while we love and support our police departments nationwide, we hope they will do the much-needed work to ensure that the officers who protect us don’t unjustifiably kill us.
Since the Jonah Maccabee Foundation’s mission is to reach out to children, we recently chose to make donations to the Harlem Children’s Zone and the National Black Child Development Institute in response to the recent shootings. These two organizations work every day to train and prepare young African-Americans for future success. Our hope is that their work will help advance for all of us an America where blacks are accepted and respected by all.
Pres. Obama shakes hands with New York City 9th-grader Kiara Molina of the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy (Jan 2014)
Hatred, of course, can never fully be eradicated. But so many good people are doing their part to lessen the scourge of skin-based prejudice — of all prejudice — and we want to be on their team!
We’re pleased and honored to support on your behalf the work of The Tali Fund. Established to remember the life of Talia Faith Agler (1985-2012), The Tali Fund provides crucial support to the Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi, Kenya, in reaching, rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating trafficked and abused girls.
For decades, one of our personal mitzvah heroes, Danny Siegel, has been teaching young people how and where to make an impact with their tzedakah work. This summer, he is returning once again to Israel where he will mentor his newest group of would-be mitzvah heroes.
The Dreskin family has known and admired Danny for many, many years. The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is honored to partner with Danny in his holy work.
BillyJMF Makes Gift to Danny Siegel’s Mitzvah Work in Israel
According to UNICEF, “seven and a half million children are affected by the brutal four-year-old conflict in Syria.” Their families (if they still have one) worry about the ongoing violence, the destruction of roads, buildings (their homes!), schools, hospitals and vital services like water and sewage.
2 million child refugees whose families have left Syria in search of safe shelter now face the oncoming winter, on top of everything else.
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is partnering with UNICEF to try and ensure that food, water, education, warm clothing, blankets and so much more get to these kids.
If you’d like to join us, we’ll make sure your donation gets to where it’s needed. You may donate online by clicking here (specify “The Jonah Maccabee Dreskin Social Justice Fund”).
We’re so delighted to have awarded a grant from The Jonah Maccabee Foundation to Project Morry, a nonprofit, year-round youth development organization that helps young people from underserved communities in and around New York City to succeed in school and in life. Each year, more than 400 children participate in enriching learning opportunities at summer camp and throughout the school year.
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is thrilled to provide a grant to Mainestage Shakespeare of Kennebunk, Maine. MaineStage Shakespeare is a nonprofit theater company made up of young, passionate theater artists from around the country who believe in the benefits of the resident repertory theater company, actors who can develop their craft together to produce a creative nucleus that enriches their community-at-large.
“The Comedy of Errors,” 2011
The JMF believes passionately in the arts and their potential to help minds and spirits grow. We’re delighted to assist Mainestage Shakespeare in bringing repertory theatre to the 23rd state.
We’re so pleased to have joined forces with Jessica Hendricks and The Brave Collection, selling exquisite jewelry made by artisans in Cambodia. The proceeds help these communities attain self-sufficiency and to combat human trafficking. At the same time, part of the proceeds come back to The Jonah Maccabee Foundation and will form part of a grant we’re making to The Play Group Theatre (PGT) in White Plains, NY. Jessica grew up at PGT alongside Jonah, where they both learned about the bravery that Jessica sees and nurtures in the Cambodian communities that The Brave Collection supports.
Our gratitude to all who participated in our Valentine’s Day project:
Ivy Giserman Kiss
Fran Uditsky Moss
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is honored to have been part of this beautiful and inspiring project. Please visit The Brave Collection and learn more about Jessica’s important and sacred work.
BillyJMF and Valentine’s Day … Love Enough to Change Worlds
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation has made a grant to The Jonah Maccabee Fund (you with us?) at Woodlands Community Temple (White Plains, NY) to help support their annual Jonah Maccabee Concert (gosh, there are a lot of “Jonah Maccabee” mentions in this entry). The concert brings contemporary Jewish music to the synagogue and, while they’re at it, raises lots of money to help send temple kids to summer programs sponsored the the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
This year, the 5th Annual Jonah Maccabee Concert will take place on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm and features much-loved performers Julie Silver and Ken Chasen. We’d love to have you join us or make a donation to support the project. Visit wct.org/jonah to participate.
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is proud to join in this terrific project. Jonah grew up at Woodlands, made a lot of music there, and headed off to Eisner Camp and Kutz Camp from there as well. So not only is this a really worthwhile endeavor but it’s very near and dear to our hearts!
BillyJMF Supports WCT “Jonah Concert” and Camp Scholarships
The Talia Agler Girls Shelter provides opportunity and hope to young people who may have little of either, due to life circumstance, poverty, abuse, trafficking, violence and more. TAGS rescues, restores, and quite literally, saves lives. The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is honored to support this most worthy program. Learn more at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/talia-agler-girls-shelter.
BillyJMF makes grant to The Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi